Using Standardized Patients in Nursing Education: Effects on Students' Psychomotor Skill Development

Nurse Educ. Mar-Apr 2016;41(2):E1-5. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000188.


The present study used a quasi-experimental design to examine the effects of using standardized patients for the psychomotor skills development of nursing students. The performance of the experimental group in blood pressure measurement was significantly higher than that of the control group; however, there was no significant difference between the groups with regard to their administration of subcutaneous injections. The results indicated that standardized patients can be integrated into nursing education for developing psychomotor skills of students.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Blood Pressure Determination / nursing
  • Clinical Competence*
  • Education, Nursing / methods*
  • Humans
  • Injections, Subcutaneous / nursing
  • Nursing Education Research
  • Nursing Evaluation Research
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Patient Simulation*
  • Psychomotor Performance*
  • Students, Nursing / psychology*