Publication Date

5-1-2009

Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

First Advisor

Irene Gonzales

Second Advisor

Barbara Willard

Abstract

Clinical Simulation creates near authentic experiences for students. This study examined the students' perceptions of design, implementation and outcomes of a Simulated Clinical Experience (SCE) during their maternal-child clinical practicum. A convenience sample of 27 female and 2 male students with a mean age of 26 years, in a baccalaureate nursing program, evaluated simulation design, educational practices, student satisfaction and self confidence. Using a 5-point Likert scale, 1 =strongly disagree to 5= strongly agree, participants found that the SCE was a positive, experience, (score of 4.08), with sound design characteristics, (score of 4.24) and was consistent with known educational practices, (score of 4.11). The data suggest that clinical simulation can be an effective tool for teaching and learning maternity nursing.

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