Evaluating Simulations

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Assessment and evaluation are critical components of successful nursing education. An instructor is expected to provide constructive feedback throughout the student's classroom and clinical experience, and to make evaluative judgments about that student's attainment of the expected outcomes for that learning experience. This course will describe the use of simulation as a student evaluation tool, identify selected learning outcomes that may be evaluated after using a simulation as a teaching-learning strategy, and suggest ways to evaluate whether you have designed an effective simulation for teaching/learning or student evaluation.


  1. Explain different approaches for using clinical simulation to assess or evaluate student performance
  2. Identify how selected student learning outcomes can be measured when simulation is used as a teaching-learning strategy:
    1. Student satisfaction with the clinical simulation experience
    2. Student knowledge acquisition
    3. Student skill performance
    4. Critical thinking skill application and development
    5. Student self-confidence in specific patient management situations
  3. Describe at least one strategy to evaluate the effectiveness of your clinical simulation.

About the Author

Susan Prion

Susan Prion EdD, RN, CNE, CHSE is Professor, School of Nursing and Health Professions, University of San Francisco. She currently serves as the Coordinator of the INACSL Research Fellow's group and is a member of both the INACSL Research and Standards Committees. She also serves on the SSIH Research Committee. As a Curriculum and Instruction specialist, her research explores the "why's” of simulation, with a special emphasis on evaluation. She has presented and published extensively about assessment and evaluation for simulation experiences and has participated in the development and psychometric testing of two published instruments. 

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