Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Outcomes of a health and safety assessment simulation with entry-level nursing students: Anxiety, student satisfaction, and self-confidence
by Petersen, Lacey, M.S.N., Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing, 2013, 75; 1566720
Abstract (Summary)

Nurse educators in baccalaureate nursing programs have the daunting task of preparing nursing students to be safe and competent practitioners that provide quality, patient-centered care in a reasonably short duration of time. Advances in current technology have created opportunities for new and innovative teaching strategies in healthcare to meet this challenge. The use of high-fidelity simulation is one technology that is beginning to emerge and be integrated into the nursing curriculum. This study featured a health and environmental safety assessment simulation designed to orient and prepare novice nursing students with competencies to perform a head-to-toe assessment on a patient in a clinical setting. The quantitative study featured a convenience sample of sophomore-level nursing students from a rural Midwestern, private, not-for profit, four-year baccalaureate program. The purpose of the research study was to identify the impact of the health and safety assessment simulation on student anxiety level, satisfaction, and self-confidence. Participants completed a demographic questionnaire, the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory Scale for Adults, and the Student Satisfaction and Self-Confidence in Learning Scale. Student anxiety was measured using a pretest-posttest (repeated measures) design. Student satisfaction and self-confidence was collected at the conclusion of the simulation experience. Simulation debriefing revealed positive remarks from students about the simulation experience but were not evaluated for themes. Results were analyzed using SPSS, Version 20 using descriptive statistics, paired t-tests, and Pearson's Correlation Coefficient. Results of this study support the use of high-fidelity simulation with simulators as an effective teaching strategy to decrease anxiety and increase student nurse self-confidence while performing a health and safety assessment on a patient.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Beshears, Brenda
Commitee: Alexander MSN, RN, Erica, Capp PhD, RN, Sheila
School: Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing
Department: Nursing
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 53/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing, Higher education
Keywords: Assessment, Education, Health, Nursing, Safety, Simulation
Publication Number: 1566720
ISBN: 9781321255003
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