The development of a quantitative evaluation tool for simulations in nursing education

Martha Todd, Julie A. Manz, Kim S. Hawkins, Mary E. Parsons, Maribeth Hercinger

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In a complex healthcare environment, educating nursing students to safely care for clients is a challenging endeavor. As the use of high fidelity simulations increases, the ability to evaluate students is essential. A review of the literature identified a lack of tested simulation evaluation instruments to accurately measure student performance. A simulation evaluation tool was developed and tested with senior nursing students. Content validity was established from the literature and from the review of the tool by an expert panel. Reliability was established using sixteen simulation sessions, with two trained evaluators at each session. Percent agreement by evaluators ranged from 84.4% to 89.1%. Additional research needs to verify these results with different evaluators, varying levels of students, and additional scenarios. A valid, reliable tool to evaluate simulation experiences improves student assessment skills and ultimately clinical performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number41
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education


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