Date of Award

2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

First Advisor

Tracy Arnold

Abstract

The aim is to determine if participation in a high-fidelity simulation increases student levels of self-confidence. Thirty-eight first year associate degree nursing students enrolled in a medical-surgical course in a southeastern community college participated in a diabetes simulation as part of their course. Students then voluntarily completed a survey indicating self-confidence following the simulation. Descriptive statistics were used to determine the overall mean of student responses to each question on the National League for Nursing (NLN) Student Satisfaction and Self Confidence in Learning Tool. Students rated the teaching helpful and effective with a mean score of 4.47 (sd = .951). Students indicated that simulation materials used were motivating and helped with learning with a mean score of 4.53 (sd = .862). Participants indicated confidence in mastery of simulation content with a mean score of 3.63 (sd = 1.172). Participants rated confidence in development of skills and knowledge attainment with a mean score of 4.11 (sd = 1.06). Students rated knowledge of how to use simulation activities to learn nursing skills with a mean score of 4.18 (sd = .955). The study suggested confidence in mastery of skills and content covered and perception of simulation as helpful and effective occur concurrently following the simulation experience. Data analysis indicated student's knowledge of application of simulation activities and confidence in the development of needed skills from the simulation occur mutually.

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