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The importance of integrating simulation methods into education in nursing study program – narrative review

Mária Sováriová Soósová, Mária Zamboriová
Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing


SOVÁRIOVÁ SOÓSOVÁ, M. – ZAMBORIOVÁ, M. The importance of integrating simulation methods into education in nursing study program – narrative review. In Ošetrovateľstvo: teória, výskum, vzdelávanie [online], 2016, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 12-18. Available on:

Aim: To outline the purpose and meaning of using simulation methods in education in nursing study program.

Background: The transformation of university education is becoming mandatory in medical and paramedical sciences. This transformation is due to the progressive development of health care and medicine informatics, an increase of new knowledge, and advanced diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and well.

Methodology: Content analysis of selected studies published in EBSCO databases for the period 2005-2015 and synthesis of collected data.

Results: Application of simulation methods (SM) in the learning process in nursing improves cognitive skills of students (knowledge, critical thinking, clinical judgment, and communication skills), psychomotor skills and affective abilities (increased confidence and motivation, improving satisfaction, relieve anxiety) and it has positive impact on outcomes in patients.

Conclusion: The groups exposed to simulation demonstrated positive transformation of cognitive and affective abilities and motor skills in clinical practice. Education based on simulations is an effective teaching strategy in nursing.

Keywords: simualtion methods, nursing education, cognitive abilities, psychomotor skills, affective abilities.

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PhDr. Mária Sováriová Soósová, PhD.
Ústav ošetrovateľstva, LF UPJŠ
Trieda SNP 1
040 01 Košice

Received: 28th January 2016
1st March 2016