Simulation-Based Learning

By Dr. Aishah Almefarfesh.

Simulation-based learning is gaining root due to its ability to integrate different informative approaches. This approach to learning is driven by its focus on exposing the students into a learning environment in which they may be able to gain a real-life and guided experience which is essential in securing healthcare placements (Oh, Jeon & Koh, 2015). In fact, the learning-based approach is characterized by ability to give immediate feedback, encourages repetitive leaning hence boosting understanding, it offers advantages for adjusting into various difficulties, learning in such approach can be personalized, hence improving effectiveness. Oh, Jeon & Koh, (2015) notes that the simulation-based learning approach can integrate the rational ability, technical as well as behavioral skills which are important elements in critically responding to any situation in the healthcare environment. The ability of this approach to integrate the three essentials has made it easier to educate clinical healthcare professionals which entails developing the know-how that is essential in converting theoretical knowledge into practical knowledge. Kim, Park & Shin, (2016) notes that the best learning approach is the one that fosters the need for collaboration in any environment and simulation-based learning has been able to integrate strategies which encourage teamwork which streamlines on an individual’s communication skills. This therefore confirms the effectiveness of the approach in educating of the clinical care professionals.  Further, researchers have identified that the competence of a student may be streamlined by advocating for an experience-based learning environment and this may be enhanced by exposing learners into different environments and giving them a chance to self-direct their knowledge by applying it in a new environment (Kim, Park & Shin, 2016). Generally, the simulation-based learning advocates for the exposure of a student into their real working environment encourages teamwork and facilitates application of knowledge gained in problem-solving. Therefore, the exposure to real-life situations, advocating for teamwork and giving students an opportunity to make decisions serves as evidence that indeed, simulation-based learning is an effective strategy in educating clinical healthcare professionals.   


Q: How can simulation assist with enhancing Evidence-based practice? 



Kim, J., Park, J. H., & Shin, S. (2016). Effectiveness of simulation-based nursing education depending on fidelity: a meta-analysis. BMC Medical Education, 16(1), 152. 

Oh, P. J., Jeon, K. D., & Koh, M. S. (2015). The effects of simulation-based learning using standardised patients in nursing students: A meta-analysis. Nurse Education Today, 35(5), e6-e15. 

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