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Simulation: An effective pedagogical approach for nursing?

Berragan, Elizabeth


Elizabeth Berragan


Simulation features strongly within the undergraduate nursing curriculum for many Universities. It provides a
variety of opportunities for students as they develop their clinical nursing skills. The nursing literature
highlights the potential of this approach and the positive opportunities afforded to students in terms of
developing competence and confidence. However, much of this literature focuses upon the more operational
concerns of simulation. This paper reflects upon the evolution of simulation in nurse education. It considers
the theoretical positioning and understanding of simulation as a teaching and learning approach for
undergraduate nursing skills development. The work of Vygotsky (1978) and Lave and Wenger (1991) are
highlighted in order to begin to explore the theoretical basis of simulation as an effective pedagogical
approach for nurse education today, enabling students to learn to be nurses


Berragan, E. (2011). Simulation: An effective pedagogical approach for nursing?. Nurse Education Today, 31(7), 660-663

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 1, 2011
Journal Nurse Education Today
Print ISSN 0260-6917
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 31
Issue 7
Pages 660-663
Keywords simulation, learning, learning theory
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