Volume 2, Number 6 / December issue 2016
Raymond James Canute
Simulation in nursing education: A literature review

The use of simulation is not a novel concept in nursing education. As early as the first two decades of 20th century, the educational preparation of future nurses has involved simulation-based experiences. Current practice in health care and nursing promotes the incorporation of evidence to guide professional decisions and practice. A review of literature and studies is undertaken to explore simulation in nursing education, as well as examine the available evidence to support its continued use as a pedagogical modality or tool in undergraduate nursing programs.
Keywords: leadership, personality, variable, performance

Cite this article:
Raymond James Canute. Simulation in nursing education: A literature review. Acta Scientiae et Intellectus, 2(6)2016, 83-92.


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