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Evaluating the effectiveness of an innovative community/public health nursing simulation: A mixed methods study

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Journal of Public Health (Germany)


© 2020, Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature. Aim: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the design and effectiveness of an innovative community/public health nursing simulation. Subject and methods: This mixed methods study (N = 143) consisted of community health nursing students from two cohorts at a Midwestern, urban, public university at the end of fall 2018 (n = 89) and winter 2019 (n = 54) semesters. The simulation was conducted at a local simulation center. The topic was sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)/sexually transmitted infections (STIs). After being consented, students completed a pretest; the prebrief occurred next, and then the simulation was conducted, followed by the debrief. Students then completed a posttest and simulation design evaluation scale. Quantitative data were analyzed using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS); qualitative data underwent thematic analysis. Results: The results showed that the majority of participants’ knowledge increased as a result of the simulation experience, and indicated what they learned and felt was most helpful. The findings also revealed that the majority of participants positively evaluated the simulation design. Conclusion: This research provides support for the effectiveness of this innovative community/public health nursing simulation in increasing students’ knowledge about community/public health nursing, and improving community health nursing education.

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