Saturday, July 14, 2007
This presentation is part of : Outcome Measurements
Investigation of Student Outcomes Following a Human Simulation Experience
Linda Wilson, RN, PhD, CPAN, CAPA, BC1, Mary Gallagher Gordon, RN, MSN, CNE1, Brenda Reap-Thompson, RN, MSN1, Patricia Suplee, RN, PhD1, Mary Ellen Glasgow, RN, PhD, CS1, H. Lynn Kane, RN, MSN, MBA, CCRN2, Leland Rockstraw, RN, MSN1, and Kathleen P. Falkenstein, PHD, CPNP1. (1) College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA, (2) Department of Nursing, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Methodist Division, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Learning Objective #1: The learner will be able to describe the components of a human simulation experience
Learning Objective #2: The learner will be able to discuss an research study that examined student outcomes following a human simulation experience

Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions utilize a human simulation standardized patient experience as part of the summative evaluation of the undergraduate nursing program. During the last quarter of the nursing program, a student is required to complete a one hour human simulation experience with a standardized patient. The student does not know the diagnosis until immediately before the experience. The student is required to complete a patient history, physical exam and appropriate patient teaching with the patient based on the diagnosis and the information obtained during the experience. This study investigated undergraduate nursing student outcomes using a pre / post experience evaluation. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of the human simulation standardized patient experience on the student outcomes of confidence, nursing activity, and self esteem. The student participants completed a demographic data sheet and the following instruments at the beginning of the academic quarter and immediately following the human simulation experience: Nursing Activity Scale (NAS), Perceived Competence Scale (PCS), and the Performance Self-Esteem Scale--Short Form (PSES-Short). The results of the study demonstrated a significant difference in nursing activity, perceived confidence and self esteem following the human simulation experience. The human simulation experience is an effective experience for undergraduate nursing students.