Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Current research in nursing education suggests a shift from traditional didactic transmission methods to student-centered pedagogies to prepare nursing students with substantive knowledge necessary for competent practice in a complex healthcare environment. Simulation has emerged as a pedagogy that offers students the opportunity to critically think, solve problems, and care for diverse patients in a nonthreatening, safe environment. As the use of simulation increases, a concern is whether or not it can hinder the development of caring behaviors necessary for competent and compassionate nursing practice. This research was a study of nursing students’ descriptions of the simulation experience, and perceptions of caring in nursing along with the display of caring behaviors in the simulated environment. Key findings include: 1) simulation was viewed as a positive and negative learning experience by students; 2) students displayed nonverbal and verbal caring behaviors during simulation; 3) students believed displaying caring in a simulated environment was challenging because the simulator could not respond as an actual person.
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Harmon, Carla Armstead, "A Mixed Methods Case Study Exploring Simulation and Caring in Nursing Education" (2016). LSU Doctoral Dissertations. 750.