Purposeful Simulation Role Assignment
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In order to efficiently use simulation resources, nursing students are often assigned various simulation roles. A double-blind, randomized control trial was conducted to explore the impact of purposeful simulation role assignment, using preferred learning styles, on prelicensure nursing students’ clinical reasoning. A convenience sample of pre-licensure nursing students from a mid-western college of nursing were assigned with either the experimental or control group. Participants in the experimental group were assigned simulation roles that were congruent with their preferred learning style. Participants in the control group were assigned simulation roles that were not congruent with their preferred learning styles. The participants’ preferred learning styles were determined using the Index of Learning Styles. Clinical reasoning was measured before and after a simulation experience using the Nurses Clinical Reasoning Scale. Data were analyzed using t tests. When post intervention scores were compared to pre-intervention scores, both the experimental and control groups had a statistically significant increase in clinical reasoning scores.
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Introduction -- Review of literature -- Methodology -- Discussion -- Appendix A. Institution Review Board Approval -- Appendix B. Letter of support -- Appendix C: Demographic Information -- Appendix D. Index of Learning Styles -- Appendix E. Nurses Clinical Reasoning Scale -- Appendix F. Permission to Use Nurses Clinical Reasoning Scale -- Appendix G. Student Observation Guide -- Appendix H. Intervention Protocol
Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)