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.
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