Ha, Eun-Ho (2018, July). Experience of nursing students with standardized patients in simulation-based learning: Q-methodology study. Nurse Education Today, 66, 123-129. (Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2018.04.023) (Access: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0260691718301825?via%3Dihub)

Abstract: Background: Standardized patients (SPs) boost self-confidence, improve problem solving, enhance critical thinking, and advance clinical judgment of nursing students. Objective: The aim of this study was to examine nursing students’ experience with SPs in simulation-based learning. Design: Q-methodology was used. Setting: Department of nursing in Seoul, South Korea. Participants: Fourth-year undergraduate nursing students (n = 47). Methods: A total of 47 fourth-year undergraduate nursing students ranked 42 Q statements about experiences with SPs into a normal distribution grid. Results: The following three viewpoints were obtained: 1) SPs are helpful for patient care (patient-centered view), 2) SPs roles are important for nursing student learning (SPs roles-centered view), and 3) SPs can promote competency of nursing students (student-centered view). Conclusion: These results indicate that SPs may improve nursing students’ confidence and nursing competency. Professors should reflect these three viewpoints in simulation-based learning to effectively engage SPs.

Eun-Ho Ha <rnhaeunho@jwu.ac.kr> is in the Department of Nursing, Jungwon University, Goesan, South Korea.