Radhakrishnan, K., Roche, J., & Cunningham, H.
The authors, nursing faculty at a Massachusetts university, reported on a quasi-experimental pilot study to evaluate the effects of simulation practice with a human patient simulator (HPS) on the clinical performance of senior, second degree BSN students (n = 12). The authors presented a description of the study methods, including an example of their clinical simulation evaluation tool (CSET). Results indicated that students who practiced simulation scored significantly better in the categories of safety and basic assessment than did the control group who did not practice on the HPS prior to the final evaluation simulations. The authors reported that detailed analysis revealed the significant differences in scores were based on one subscale of each category: safety was patient identification only, while basic assessment was assessing vital signs only. There were no significant differences in the areas of: focused assessment, interventions, delegation, communication or the mean individual score. Statistical data were presented along with discussion of study limitations and the need for further study of the effects simulation practice has on clinical nursing performance. Data on validity and reliability of the tool used would have been a valuable addition to this article. Provided a good example and model for further research regarding the effects of simulator practice on clinical performance.