Friday, July 15, 2011: 10:30 AM
Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to understand what nursing stuents experience in their pediatric nursing simulation practice.
Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to identify the barriers and educational outcomes of nursing simulation activities in pediatric nursing practicum.
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to identify the simulation experiences of nursing baccalaureate students in their pediatric rotation. Methods: Fifty-three students responded to open-ended questions after three sessions of pediatric simulation experiences. The practice reflection notes of the students were also analyzed to identify educational outcomes coming from nursing simulation experiences. Results: The open-ended questions and practice reflection notes showed that simulated pediatric practice provided a lived experience within safe environment. It also increased learning motivation, clinical decision making, and overall self-confidence of the nursing students. Conclusion: The findings of this study suggest that simulation can enhance the quality of nursing education through positive clinical experiences.