Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to describe learning outcomes of using human patient simulators in an undergraduate nursing health assessment course
Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to describe nursing student satisfaction with the use of human patient simulators in an undergraduate nursing health assessment course
Methods: Consenting students in the health assessment course were assigned to complete a respiratory assessment on either a community volunteer (CV), human patient simulator (HPS) or standardized patient (SP). Feedback was obtained from peers and faculty regarding students’ performance of critical assessment behaviours and interpersonal skills. Participants completed the Health Assessment Educational Modality Evaluation (HAEME) survey assessing their confidence performing health assessment skills and satisfaction with the three learning modalities. Students also answered open-ended questions related to what they liked about each learning modality and how the sessions could be improved. Appropriate statistical analyses such as frequencies, means, standard deviations and analyses of variance will be conducted.
Results: Appropriate statistical analyses such as frequencies, means, standard deviations and analyses of variance were conducted. Evaluation of results is ongoing and will be completed by February 2009.
Conclusion: Preliminary analysis indicates that students are satisfied with all three learning modalities in the health assessment course including human patient simulation. Students report less anxiety working with the human patient simulators but find the standardized patient scenarios to be more realistic.
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