Effects of Case Studies and Simulated Patients on Students' Nursing Care Plan

Int J Nurs Knowl. 2016 Feb;27(2):87-94. doi: 10.1111/2047-3095.12080. Epub 2015 Mar 13.


Purpose: The aim of this study is to determine the effects of using case studies and simulated patients in teaching students to plan their nursing care.

Methods: The study sample consisted of 70 second-year nursing students. Study data were collected using a questionnaire and by evaluating students' nursing care plans.

Results: The highest percentages of diagnoses identified were altered oral mucous membrane, ineffective breathing pattern, disturbed sleep pattern: less than body requirement, impaired tissue integrity, pain, and risk for infection.

Conclusions: The use of simulated patients in nursing education appears to help students evaluate realistic medical cases and clinical problems, and plan their nursing care.

Keywords: Education; nursing diagnosis; patient care planning.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate / organization & administration*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Care Planning*
  • Patient Simulation*
  • Students, Nursing*
  • Young Adult