Date of Award

2017

Document Type

Thesis

First Advisor

Tracy Arnold

Abstract

As nurse educators prepare students to enter the real world, they are challenged to create learning methods that develop confident and competent nurses. While new graduate nurses have much to learn, they are expected to be able to work as a team, think critically, and provide a safe environment for patients. A nursing program at a small, liberal arts college in the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains utilized simulation-based learning experiences to prepare students for the many situations they may face as a future nurse. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact these experiences had on students’ perception of satisfaction and self-confidence. A non-experimental, quantitative research design was used to conduct this study. Results showed an increase in undergraduate nursing student’s perception of satisfaction and self-confidence following an Adult Health II course. Both the literature review and findings of this study indicate that simulation-based learning is a valuable tool used to enhance the skills and knowledge of undergraduate nursing students.

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Nursing Commons

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