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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Committee Chair

Susan Benfield


This Capstone Project examined the effect of medium fidelity simulation on perceived competence level of novice nursing students. A convenience sample of 56 second-year associate degree nursing students enrolled in an Adult Medical-Surgical II nursing course and experiential laboratory course participated in this project. Students were divided into two separate groups based on course schedules: 27 students participated in the traditional laboratory experience, and 29 students participated in the instructor guided Mock Code simulation-based learning experience. Descriptive statistics were used to determine the overall mean of all student responses to each question on an altered version of the Perceived Competence Scale. Overall mean scores of perceived competence level demonstrated students had a fairly high level of perceived competence in relationship to the Mock Code despite the activity in which they were involved; however, students participating in the instructor-guided Mock Code simulation-based learning experience rated their overall perceived level of competence significantly higher (m = 6.13, sd = 0.724, p < .05) compared to students participating in the traditional laboratory experience (m = 5.57, sd = .431, p < .05). No significant difference was found among employed or non-employed students (t (54) = -1.61, p > .05). No significant relationship between student's age and total score on the Perceived Competence Scale was found.

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