Mental health simulation with student nurses: A qualitative review

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Alexander, Louise, Sheen, Jade, Rinehart, Nicole, Hay, Margaret and Boyd, Leanne. (2018) Mental health simulation with student nurses: A qualitative review. Clinical Simulation in Nursing. 14, pp. 8 - 14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecns.2017.09.003
AuthorsAlexander, Louise, Sheen, Jade, Rinehart, Nicole, Hay, Margaret and Boyd, Leanne
Abstract

Background
Research indicates that nursing undergraduates demonstrate negative attitudes towards persons with a mental health condition, and mental health simulation may be a possible solution to this.
Method
This study comprises a thematic analysis of semistructured focus groups, exploring undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing students' experiences resulting from a simulation with a simulated patient.
Results
Participants overwhelmingly noted the educational benefits of simulation for understanding mental health concepts, closing the practice-theory gap and reducing placement anxiety. Also of note was benefits of vicarious learning in simulation and the realistic representation of mental health conditions.
Conclusions
This study has demonstrated that simulation with a simulated patient is beneficial in reducing mental health placement anxiety and confronting stigmatising attitudes. Importantly, mental health simulation has also demonstrated educational benefits beyond vicarious learning, to include provision of theoretical concepts, with practical application.

Keywordsstigma; mental illness; simulation; nursing; theory-to-practice gap
Year2018
JournalClinical Simulation in Nursing
Journal citation14, pp. 8 - 14
PublisherElsevier
ISSN1876-1399
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecns.2017.09.003
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85031330715
Page range8 - 14
Research GroupSchool of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
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Place of publicationUnited States of America
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