Palliative Care Simulations in Undergraduate Nursing Education: An Integrative Review

Amanda Kirkpatrick, Mary Ann Cantrell, Suzanne C. Smeltzer

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This integrative review summarized the findings from 19 studies about the known effects of simulation on nursing students' preparation for delivery of palliative care (PC), identified gaps in the literature, and provided directions for future research. Three mixed method studies, 10 quantitative studies, and 6 qualitative studies were reviewed. The outcomes support PC simulation in developing nursing student competence by providing meaning and context to the care they deliver to seriously ill patients. Future investigations examining the relationships between PC simulation, students' role in simulation, and effects on student knowledge, self-awareness, and clinical performance in providing PC are warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)414-431
Number of pages18
JournalClinical Simulation in Nursing
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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