This study evaluated the impact of concept mapping and simulation on nursing student self-confidence. Forty-eight nursing students completed NLN simulation tools, created a concept map, and participated in an informal focus group. Significant correlations were found between self-confidence and the learning strategies employed in the simulation scenarios (p = .000). Qualitative data analysis revealed three themes: advanced assessment skills, critical thinking skills application, and greater self-confidence in caring for children. This study provides insight into the use of simulation, concept mapping, and critical reflection as means to provide students with opportunities that promote self-confidence related to nursing practice.