Learning Objective 1: develop a teaching strategy utilizing simulation in nursing education for graduate and undergraduate students.
Learning Objective 2: facilitate clinical instruction through the use of the human-patient simulator as a clinical teaching-learning technology.
Methodology: This descriptive study was designed by MSN students to measure first level BSN students’ response to selected Simulation scenarios. Qualitative measurement of the effectiveness of the simulations was measured utilizing a comment section on METI’s Simulation Effectiveness Scale and a quantitative measurement of participants’ response to the simulation was also measured with METI’s Simulation Effectiveness Scale. The surveys reflect the students’ cumulative experience; comparing the 2007 class with the 2008 class.
Conclusions: Conclusions were made based on a combination of content analysis and analytic induction of the qualitative data, as well as quantitative data derived from a 5-point interval scale with raw scores.
Implications for Nursing Educational Practice: The use of Simulation scenarios provides realistic-like experiences in a safe, risk-free environment. This simulation project offers opportunities for student learning (both undergraduate and graduate) and teaching experiences (for graduate students) as the graduate students were participating as part of a requirement for their Master of Science in Nursing Program. With the decreased availability of clinical opportunities for nursing students, the use of simulated clinical experiences provides consistent evaluation of structured learning experiences.
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