Robinson-Smith, G., Bradley, P. K., & Meakim, C.
Using adult learning theory and problem-based learning as a theoretical framework, Robinson-Smith, Bradley, and Meakim, of Villanova University College of Nursing, evaluated student satisfaction, self-confidence, and critical thinking after participation in a psychiatric nursing simulation with a standardized patient (SP). Ultimately, the goal was for nursing students to be able to practice psychiatric nursing assessments, such as suicide risk and mental status exam, within the safety of a simulation so that they would be better prepared for clinical encounters with actual psychiatric clients. The researchers found that most students were satisfied, had improved self-confidence, and enhanced critical thinking with learning through SP simulation. Discussions of the definition of a SP, the use of SPs in nursing education (including recruitment and training), and the forms used to prepare students and SPs for the simulation were included in this article.