As the demand for nurses increases, so do enrollment in nursing programs. Higher enrollments require more clinical site availability whereby students receive the clinical experience needed to prepare them to meet the needs of a diverse population. With nursing program enrollment steadily increasing and clinical experience site availability at a premium, nursing educators are struggling with ways to accommodate the clinical experience requirements for students. Nursing laboratory simulations are one way to recreate the clinical experience and assist educators in preparing future nurses. Simulation laboratories can potentially assist nursing programs also in reducing the demand for clinical sites. The research methodology for this study was a quantitative research design and was conducted using a two group, pretest-posttest experimental comparison (control) group design. Students in the comparison (control) group participated in traditional lectures, skills laboratory activities and the traditional hospital based clinical experience. Students in the experimental group participated in traditional lectures, skills laboratory activities and the simulated clinical experience. The purpose of this study was to determine if the use of the Human Patient Simulator (HPS) in a nursing laboratory can be used as an effective alternative teaching tool for the clinical site experience in a baccalaureate nursing program. The primary objective of the study was to evaluate and compare learning outcomes in first year medical-surgical nursing students in the actual clinical setting and nursing students using the human patient simulator in a nursing simulation laboratory. Results of the study indicated no significant differences between the two groups on pretest and posttest measurements.
|Commitee:||Koelln, Rebecca, Ward, Jason|
|Department:||School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-A 73/03, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Nursing, Health education|
|Keywords:||Alternative teaching tools, Baccalaureate nursing programs, Clinical experiences|
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