The Use of High-Fidelity Simulation to Teach Home Care Nursing

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The use of high-fidelity human patient simulation (HPS) is increasing in nursing education, yet little is known about its use in community health. This study examined an HPS home care experience to determine effects on three outcomes (student satisfaction, self-confidence, and learning). In addition, design characteristics of the simulation and demographic characteristics of students were examined for correlation with these outcomes. Senior baccalaureate students took part in the experience. Results indicated that students were very satisfied with the experience and felt it increased their confidence in providing care in the home, although learning outcomes were not high. Although no demographic characteristics were found to be correlated with outcomes, five design characteristics of a simulation were moderately correlated with the outcomes of satisfaction and self-confidence, especially support. It is recommended that nurse educators design HPS home care simulation experiences that provide student support prior to their first home care visit.



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