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Learning nursing through simulation: A case study approach towards an expansive model of learning

Berragan, Liz

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Liz Berragan



Abstract

This study explores the impact of simulation upon learning for undergraduate nursing students. The study objectives were (a) to explore the experiences of participating in simulation education for a small group of student nurses; and (b) to explore learning through simulation from the perspectives of the nursing students, the nurse educators and the nurse mentors. Conducted as a small-scale narrative case study, it tells the unique stories of a small number of undergraduate nursing students, nurse mentors and nurse educators and explores their experiences of learning through simulation. Data analysis through progressive focusing revealed that the nurse educators viewed simulation as a means of helping students to learn to be nurses, whilst, the nurse mentors suggested that simulation helped them to determine nursing potential. The students' narratives showed that they approached simulation learning in different ways resulting in a range of outcomes: those who were successfully becoming nurses, those who were struggling or working hard to become nurses and those who were not becoming nurses. Theories of professional practice learning and activity theory present an opportunity to articulate and theorise the learning inherent in simulation activities. They recognise the links between learning and the environment of work and highlight the possibilities for learning to inspire change and innovation. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Journal Nurse Education Today
Print ISSN 0260-6917
Electronic ISSN 1532-2793
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Issue 8
Pages 1143-1148
APA6 Citation Berragan, L., & Berragan, E. (2014). Learning nursing through simulation: A case study approach towards an expansive model of learning. Nurse Education Today, 34(8), 1143-1148. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2014.03.005
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2014.03.005
Keywords simulation, learning nursing
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2014.03.005
Additional Information Additional Information : NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Nurse Education Today. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Nurse Education Today, [34, 8, (August 2014)] DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2014.03.005

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