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International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship

Editor-in-Chief: Andrusyszyn, Mary-Anne

Ed. by Maltby, Hendrika J. / Babenko-Mould, Yolanda

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Effects of Participation vs. Observation of a Simulation Experience on Testing Outcomes: Implications for Logistical Planning for a School of Nursing

Barbara G. Kaplan / Corrine Abraham / Rebecca Gary
Published Online: 2012-06-29 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/1548-923X.2398


The simulation program within our nursing curriculum covers a wide array of content areas and has been rated very highly by students and faculty. Due to this success, requests for increased simulation experiences have grown dramatically. The challenge lies, however, in logistically accommodating large student groups in finite periods of time. To overcome these constraints, an alternative plan was devised where half of the students actively participate in the simulation while their cohort observes. Both groups participate in the debriefing process. Findings revealed no significant differences (p=.97) between the simulation and observational groups on scoring of the test items related to this content (n=92). Over 70% reported the simulation experience as enjoyable, well-organized, clarified issues, increased knowledge and prepared them to work in a hospital. These findings indicate that the use of this alternate plan was effective for student learning and could therefore be incorporated into the simulation program design.

Keywords: simulation; observing simulation; nursing education; simulation/problem-based learning

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Published Online: 2012-06-29

Citation Information: International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, Volume 9, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 1548-923X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/1548-923X.2398.

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