Students' Perception of High-Fidelity Simulation Experience as an alternative to Clinical Placement during Undergraduate Study: Qualitative Study

International Journal of Nursing and Health Science
© 2020 by SSRG - IJNHS Journal
Volume 6 Issue 2
Year of Publication : 2020
Authors : Ms. Kholoud Najeh Alharbi, Dr. Sami Abdulrahman AlhamidI
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Ms. Kholoud Najeh Alharbi, Dr. Sami Abdulrahman AlhamidI, "Students' Perception of High-Fidelity Simulation Experience as an alternative to Clinical Placement during Undergraduate Study: Qualitative Study," SSRG International Journal of Nursing and Health Science, vol. 6,  no. 2, pp. 15-22, 2020. Crossref,


A. Background: Simulation in nursing education has been used for more than 20 years (Au, Lo, Cheong, Wang, & Van, 2016). Simulation is defined as “an imitation of some real thing, state of affairs, or process” (Rosen, 2008, p.1). Nursing schools have been introducing simulation activities with their students to improve their knowledge and skills. It prepares them for real clinical practice (Waldner & Olson, 2007). However, more research studies need to be done to explore nursing students' perception of high-fidelity simulation experience compared to clinical placement for learning nursing skills.
B. Aim: This study aims to explore the perception among Saudi Arabian nursing students of high-fidelity Simulation (HFS) experience. Kolb’s theory was used to guide this study since students can give a reflection and perception toward their simulation experience.
C. Methods: the design of the study was a qualitative study. A purposive sampling of 10 nursing students who are enrolled in a clinical study course at King Saud University. A guided interview with open-ended questions was used to gather data. Ethical consideration was taken. Content analysis was used to analyze the data.
D. Results: Two main themes were emerged: "appreciation" and "non-appreciation."
E. Conclusion: the findings of this study provide valuable insights regarding the students' perception of high-fidelity simulation experiences instead of clinical placement as they can contribute to nursing education.
Implications for nursing management: nursing managers can use Simulation in nursing practice, especially with the new staff, to develop and improve their skills to achieve high-quality care.


Simulation, nursing students, perception, clinical placement


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