Does simulation add value to clinical practice? Undergraduate student nurses' perspectives
Aim: To evaluate if simulation adds value in preparing student nurses for clinical practice. Background: Over a period of four years, simulation has been increasingly integrated into the bachelor of nursing (BN) curriculum in a New Zealand school of nursing. The nursing lecturers teaching in the programme decided to conduct a small research project to establish if the use of simulation in nursing education adds value to the clinical experience for students. Method: A qualitative, descriptive approach was chosen as the methodology. A voluntary purposeful sample of nursing students enrolled across the BN programme were invited to participate in a focus group interview. The participant group comprised 10 nursing students from semester two, first year, through to final semester, year three. Findings: Analysis of the data indicates simulation does add value in preparing students for clinical practice and the findings are categorised under the following themes: Experience and feelings of participating in simulation; preparation for simulation; learning objectives/outcomes; value for clinical practice; and how simulation could be improved to better prepare students for clinical practice. Conclusion: Participating in simulation builds confidence, knowledge and skills and appears to add value in preparing students for clinical practice.