Simulated practice : a panacea for health education

Valler-Jones, Tracey, Meechan, Ronnie and Jones, Helen (2011) Simulated practice : a panacea for health education. British Journal of Nursing, 20(10), pp. 628-631. ISSN (print) 0966-0461


A variety of approaches to teaching and learning are required to encompass the complexity of nursing. Simulated practice involves computer-based simulated environments, human patient simulation and role play, enabling multiple learning objectives to be taught in a realistic clinical environment without harming patients. The Nursing and Midwifery Council recognizes the use of simulated practice and has enabled higher education pre-registration nurse programme providers to incorporate a maximum of 300 hours of simulated practice as part of the 2300-hour practice hours component. However, not all students respond positively to simulated activity, which should be used to augment clinical practice and not replace it. It is important to ensure the quality of the simulation enables the educational experience to be positive for students.

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