Evaluation of the Use of Diverse Mental Health Simulation in Nursing Students' Learning Experience: An International Multisite Study.

Research paper by Eda E Ozkara San, Gul G Dikec, Elvan Emine EE Ata, Merdiye M Sendir

Indexed on: 23 Apr '21Published on: 22 Apr '21Published in: Nurse educator


Simulated patients (SPs) in mental health nursing education provide a unique approach to assist student development in complex assessment skills. The purpose of this international multisite study was to evaluate the use of two diverse mental health SP simulation scenarios on nursing students' satisfaction and self-confidence in learning to care for patients with mental health disorders in the United States (n = 70) and Turkey (n = 90). A multisite cross-sectional study design was used. Outcome measures included the Student Satisfaction and Self-confidence in Learning Scale and the adapted Simulation Effectiveness Tool-Modified. Results were analyzed using independent t tests. While students in the United States reported higher perceived self-confidence and satisfaction in learning, both student populations found the intervention effective to their learning (P < .05). Using SPs in mental health education allow students to practice their assessment skills learned in classroom and transfer them to the clinical area. Copyright © 2021 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.