Learning in simulation: Ready? Steady? GO!
Learning through simulation is rapidly becoming a significant teaching and learning strategy in nursing education. With this strategy nurse educators can teach nursing students the principles of patient care in a controlled and safe simulated environment prior to real patient contact. Confidence in skills and having the knowledge to manage complex patient situations are crucial outcomes for nursing education programmes. Because nursing students cannot be prepared in the clinical environment for every possible patient encounter which will require specific skills and knowledge, clinical simulation has been incorporated as a teaching and learning strategy by nurse educators to enhance these skills and knowledge. This study assessed first-year nursing students’ experiences of learning in simulation.