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Using simulation pedagogy in nursing to enhance learning through assessment

Berragan, E; Short, H; Grindrod, E

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E Berragan

Heather Short
Portfolio Lead: Apprenticeship Enhancement

Eirlys Grindrod
Occasional Associate Lecturer - CHSS - NAM


Engagement with professional practice learning introduced through simulation, which includes peer and formative assessment and builds towards summative assessment in clinical practice, is central to the undergraduate nursing curriculum at UWE and at many higher education institutions across the world. This approach enriches the student experience and, as health care and the patient population continue to change and evolve, enables students to develop an adaptive and critical understanding of nursing (Berragan, 2014). These features are not just additional ways of learning nursing and developing fundamental nursing skills; they are ways of knowing nursing (Berragan, 1998). There is real potential for assessment through simulation to help students to understand the key features of nursing and learn to deliver skilled, integrated and compassionate care to their patients.

This presentation focuses upon the opportunities provided through simulation to enhance learning through assessment. Simulation supports opportunities for authentic assessment of the fundamental skills of nursing (Wiggins, 1989; Walters, 2014). The notion that assessment tasks should acknowledge and engage with the ways in which knowledge and skills are used in authentic settings is important (Boud, 2007). Assessment has a major influence upon learning, directing attention to areas of significance, acting as an incentive for learning and having a powerful effect upon students’ approaches to their learning (Boud and Falchikov, 2007). Assessment also guides students, emphasizing what they can and cannot succeed in doing (Boud, 2007). It is this aspect of simulation that we wish to highlight. Our current research explores undergraduate nursing students’ simulation experiences, and their descriptions of simulation during feedback, debriefing and formative assessment. It also highlights the benefits of peer assessment within the simulation learning environment as nursing students work together to demonstrate, describe and reflect upon their learning.


Berragan, E., Short, H., & Grindrod, E. (2015, September). Using simulation pedagogy in nursing to enhance learning through assessment. Paper presented at NET2015, Cambridge

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name NET2015
Conference Location Cambridge
Start Date Sep 8, 2015
End Date Sep 10, 2015
Acceptance Date Mar 20, 2015
Publication Date Sep 8, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jun 5, 2019
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords simulation, assessment, nursing
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Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : NET2015


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