FEATURED ARTICLES: NURSING EDUCATION RESEARCH ARTICLESThe CASE for Group Planning in Human Patient SimulationELFRINK, VICTORIA L.; NININGER, JAMI; ROHIG, LISA; LEE, JODELLEAuthor Information About the AuthorsVictoria L. Elfrink, PhD, RN-BC, is an assistant professor of clinical nursing at the Ohio State University College of Nursing, Columbus. Jami Nininger, MS, RN, former instructor at the Ohio State University College of Nursing, is program coordinator at Knox County Career Center School of Practical Nursing, Mt. Vernon, Ohio. Lisa Rohig, BSN, RN, is director of the Technology Learning Complex, Ohio State University College of Nursing. Jodelle Lee, BSN, RN, is a manager for simulation at Bohecker College, Learning Resource Center, Westerville, Ohio. For more information, contact Dr. Elfrink at[email protected] Nursing Education Perspective: March 2009 - Volume 30 - Issue 2 - p 83-86 Buy Abstract This evaluation research focused on ways to improve the simulation learning experiences of prelicensure nursing students participating in a high-acuity nursing course. Based on the findings of a paper-and-pen midterm formative evaluation, focus groups were held to learn more about student attitudes regarding their simulation experience. Two themes emerged: I) students felt unfairly “singled out” during simulation and perceived that their apprehension interfered with their learning, and 2) collaborative learning could be a potential strategy for dealing with feeling singled out. In response to these concerns, faculty included a group-planning experience for each remaining simulation. Students immediately reported that their anxiety lessened and that they learned more from their simulation experiences. In their final evaluations, students identified group-planning sessions as the most helpful component of the simulation experience. These findings suggest that group care planning may be an important simulation design component. Copyright 2009 by National League for Nursing, Inc.