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Final year undergraduate nursing  and midwifery students’ perspectives  on simulation-based education:  a cross-sectional study

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Background: Simulation-based education is a teaching and learning approach that can enhance learning experiences for students on healthcare programmes. Within undergraduate nursing and midwifery education, simulation can support students in developing graduate attributes necessary to become practice-ready professionals. This paper reports on the evaluation of a simulation-based education initiative, which was introduced to support fnal year undergraduate nursing and midwifery students in preparation for their upcoming clinical internship in practice.

Methods: This study aimed to evaluate a simulation-based education initiative from the perspectives of fnal year undergraduate nursing and midwifery students (N= 95). An online survey, using the validated Simulation Efectiveness Tool – Modifed (SET-M), was distributed to fnal year nursing and midwifery students at one university in Ireland. This study was conducted and reported in line with the Consensus-Based Checklist for Reporting of Survey Studies (CROSS).

Results: The results of the study highlight fnal year nursing and midwifery students’ perceptions, experiences, and satisfaction with learning in a simulated environment. Students reported their simulation-based learning experiences as worthwhile, motivating, and as important opportunities to build on previous learning, increase confdence and gain experience in preparation for real-life practice. Students reported feeling more confdent in their assessment skills, in providing care and interventions in responding to changes in a person’s health status. All students reported that the simulation-based learning experiences enabled them to think more critically about the clinical case scenarios and critically question their actions and decision-making processes. Pre-briefng and debriefng sessions were highlighted as important aspects of the simulation which helped to increase student confdence and cultivate meaningful learning.

Conclusion: Simulation-based education is a valuable teaching and learning modality, particularly for fnal year students who are transitioning to real-life clinical practice. Student-centred simulation-based learning experiences can cultivate professional development and support learners in their transition from university student to healthcare professional.



BMC Nurs 21, 299



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