The Effectiveness of the Simulation Laboratory on Nursing Student's Skill Acquisition

David K. Wells, Gardner-Webb University


The use of human patient simulation [HPS] training in nursing programs has become more popular as the nursing profession recognizes the value of the simulation environment in lieu of adequate clinical opportunities (Lasater, 2006; Bremner, Aduddell, Bennett, & VanGeest, 2006). Although simulation training has been used in nursing since the 1950s (Bantz, Dancer, Hodson-Carlton & Hove, 2007), the advent of high-fidelity mannequins allows nursing programs to teach patient care utilizing the latest technology. Students can apply their theoretical knowledge at bedside in a realistic and safe environment without the anxiety of doing harm to a live patient (Berndt, 2010; Tuoriniemi & Schott-Baer, 2008).

This study examines the effectiveness of one Community College nursing program's simulation laboratory on skill acquisition and student satisfaction. Practical nursing students and first-year Associate Degree nursing students are evaluated using a specific patient scenario, grading rubric, observation and skill satisfaction survey.