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Understanding the student’s experience of community health nursing simulations

  • Yui Matsuda , Susan L. Prather , Regine P. Reaves , Evan M. McEwing , Evelyn Iriarte and Ruth Everett-Thomas



The purpose of this study was to explore nursing students’ experiences after completing community health nursing simulation encounters.


The study used a descriptive qualitative design. Through conventional content analysis, the research team analyzed the experiences of 73 nursing students after participating in community health nursing simulation encounters. The data come from nursing students’ responses to three post-simulation qualitative questions.


Nursing students identified both positive aspects (simulation as a great learning method, useful in understanding community health nurses’ roles, faculty’s role in facilitating an effective learning environment) and opportunities for improvement (needing for clear objectives, expectations, and roles).


Community health nursing simulation encounters can be a powerful educational method to help students experience and understand the roles of community health nurses.

Implications for international audience

Augmentation of the pre-brief component will further improve students’ simulation experiences.

Corresponding author: Yui Matsuda, PhD, PNHA-BC, MPH, Assistant Professor, University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, 5030 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables, FL, USA, Phone: 305 284 1056, E-mail:


The authors would like to thank Dr. James Britton for the editorial support and Dr. Roberto Roman Laporte for his assistance with data analysis. The authors would like to thank the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies for providing editorial and research assistant support from the individuals above.

  1. Research funding: None declared.

  2. Author contributions: All authors have accepted responsibility for the entire content of this manuscript and approved its submission.

  3. Competing interests: Authors state no conflict of interest.

  4. Informed consent: Not applicable. The data were collected as a part of routine class-related activities. The study is approved under the educational research protocol of the university.

  5. Ethical approval: The University Institutional Review Board approved the study under its education study protocol.


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Received: 2022-06-30
Accepted: 2022-12-27
Published Online: 2023-01-13

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