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Using Standardized Patients in Nursing Education

Effects on Students’ Psychomotor Skill Development

Sarmasoglu, Senay PhD, RN; Dinç, Leyla PhD, RN; Elçin, Melih MD

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000188
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The present study used a quasi-experimental design to examine the effects of using standardized patients for the psychomotor skills development of nursing students. The performance of the experimental group in blood pressure measurement was significantly higher than that of the control group; however, there was no significant difference between the groups with regard to their administration of subcutaneous injections. The results indicated that standardized patients can be integrated into nursing education for developing psychomotor skills of students.

Author Affiliations: Research Assistant (Dr Sarmasoglu) and Professor and Head of the Department of Fundamentals of Nursing (Dr Dinç), Faculty of Nursing, and Professor and Head of the Department of Medical Education and Informatics (Dr Elçin), Faculty of Medicine, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey.

This study was financially supported by Hacettepe University.

The abstract of this work was presented by Dr Sarmasoglu as an oral Snapshot Presentation at the 2015 ASPE (Association of Standardized Patient Educators) Annual Conference, June 14-17, 2015, Denver, Colorado.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Sarmasoglu, Hacettepe University Faculty of Nursing, 06100 Ankara, Turkey (

Accepted for publication: May 4, 2015

Published ahead of print: June 20, 2015

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