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Analyzing Nursing Student Learning Over Time in Simulation

Ball, Lisa S.; Kilger, Linda

doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000039

A retrospective, longitudinal pilot analysis was conducted on nursing student evaluation data collected from sequential high-fidelity simulation experiences in an associate degree nursing program. The Sweeney-Clark Simulation Performance Rubric was used to measure students' performance. The overall mean of each of the measured categories increased significantly with each simulation experience. The odds of scores increasing with each subsequent simulation experience ranged from 6.99 to 41.38. Performance improved through sequential simulation experiences. Findings support feasibility and import of providing evidence to support the use of high-fidelity simulation in relation to learning over time.

About the Authors Lisa S. Ball, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, is an associate professor in the Nursing Department at Daemen College, Amherst, New York. Linda Kilger, MSN, RN, is a nursing simulation laboratory technical assistant, Niagara County Community College, Sanborn, New York. For more information, contact Dr. Ball, at

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

© 2016 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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