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Assessment and evaluation are critical components of successful nursing education. An instructor is expected to provide constructive feedback throughout the student's classroom and clinical experience, and to make evaluative judgments about that student's attainment of the expected outcomes for that learning experience. This course will describe the use of simulation as a student evaluation tool, identify selected learning outcomes that may be evaluated after using a simulation as a teaching-learning strategy, and suggest ways to evaluate whether you have designed an effective simulation for teaching/learning or student evaluation.
1. Explain different approaches for using clinical simulation to assess or evaluate student performance
2. Identify how selected student learning outcomes can be measured when simulation is used as a teaching-learning strategy:
A. Student satisfaction with the clinical simulation experience
B. Student knowledge acquisition
C. Student skill performance
D. Critical thinking skill application and development
E. Student self-confidence in specific patient management situations
3. Describe at least one strategy to evaluate the effectiveness of your clinical simulation.
About the Author
Susan Prion, EdD, RN, is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of San Francisco. She is actively engaged in research about simulation including safety and harm prevention training, leadership development, team communication behaviors, and identifying critical clinical events for scenario development. She works primarily with undergraduate nursing students. She is a co-recipient of a 2008 Debra Spunt Research Minigrant awarded by INACSL, a USF Jesuit Foundation award to fund an exploration of standardized patient training for acting students, and a USF Faculty Grant for a study to describe student behaviors in a clinical setting compared with a simulation. She is working towards a series of leadership development simulations in partnership with the Army Reserve Office Training (ROTC) and Army Nurse Corps. With Dr. Katie Adamson-Haerling, she co-authors a monthly column titled "Making Sense of Methods and Measurement” in the INACSL journal Clinical Simulation in Nursing.