Perception of nursing students on high-fidelity practices: a phenomenological study

Rui Baptista, Fátima Pereira, José Martins


Objective: High-fidelity simulation is a teaching/learning strategy increasingly used by nursing schools. Students undergo simulated clinical experiences very similar to the real context, developing technical and non-technical skills. The objective of this study is to identify the perceptions of students of the Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing regarding their participation in simulated clinical experiences with high-fidelity simulation.

Methods: Qualitative study of phenomenological approach according to the seven procedural steps of methodological interpretation presented by Amadeo Giorgi.

Results: From the analysis of interviews with 13 students participating in the study, an essential structure of the phenomenon emerged which reflects these students’ perception of simulated clinical experiences on high-fidelity simulation, consisting offour components: “Being a student with high-fidelity simulation”, “Relationship with peers in the simulation”, “High-fidelity simulated practice”, and “Future expectations after high-fidelity simulation”.

Conclusions: The students are satisfied with their experience of high-fidelity simulation. Despite moments of great stress and anxiety, it helps broaden their knowledge and prepares them for the real context.

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Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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