Assessing Undergraduate Student Nurses’ Performance in Various Public Health Roles Using Simulation

Evan McEwing, Regine Placide-Reaves, Yui Matsuda, Susan Prather, Ruth Everett-Thomas

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Abstract

Purpose: To expose students to various public health roles and complement clinical experience using simulated encounters. Design: This exploratory study assessed students’ performance of basic nursing tasks for three public health nurse roles. Methods: 15-guided questions were used to evaluate a convenience sample of 137 students’ expected performance compared to their actual performance of basic nursing skills. Findings: Students’ performed well in all nurse roles with some significant differences in completing a few critical tasks in the case manager and school nurse roles. Conclusion: Simulation can address gaps in nursing programs and expose student nurses to various public health roles using real-life scenarios. Clinical Evidence: Lack of clinical sites in public health limits students’ experience to a myriad of nurse functions within communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-150
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Community Health Nursing
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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