Evaluation of a Critical Care Simulation Series for Undergraduate Nursing Students

Document Type

Journal Article


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


School of Nursing and Midwifery




This article was originally published as: Mould, J. M., White, H. L., & Gallagher, R. (2011). Evaluation of a critical care simulation series for undergraduate nursing students. Contemporary Nurse, 38(1-2), 180-190. Original article available here


Simulation is increasingly being used to prepare and supplement clinical practice in critical care areas for undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing (BN) students, with some success. However, the effects of multiple, medium–high fidelity simulations for this purpose have not been previously assessed. The purpose of this study was to assess self-reported confidence and competence using scenario-based simulations. A pre-test post-test design was used to evaluate a series of simulations conducted over a semester. There were twenty seven scenarios, incorporating programmed mannequins, moulage and actors. The scenarios were embedded in a team-based process involving preparation and video-recordings used for debriefing. Third year BN students reported their confidence and competence before and after the simulation series and made comments on their perception of the experience. Multiple scenario simulations are effective in improving BN students' confidence and competence related to critical care practice and are an enjoyable experience for students.


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