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Nurse Educ Today. 2013 Feb;33(2):123-8. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2011.11.008. Epub 2011 Dec 5.

The effects of simulation-based resuscitation training on nurses' self-efficacy and satisfaction.

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Red Cross College of Nursing, Chung-Ang University (CAU), CAU Health Care System, Republic of Korea.



Nurses are often the first responders in clinical emergencies that require effective training to ensure high-quality resuscitation and patient safety. The aim of the study was to evaluate the efficacy of simulation-based resuscitation training by assessing two different training modalities (computer-based simulation versus mannequin-based simulation) with practicing nurses.


The study used a comparative study design with random assignment to two simulation-based training modalities. A total of 38 nurses participated in the study: 18 nurses with computer-based simulation, and 20 nurses with mannequin-based simulation. Participants rated their self-efficacy and satisfaction after participating in a simulated scenario involving managing a cardiac arrest patient.


On a 10-point scale, the participants' overall self-efficacy rating was 6.50 (SD=1.66), and satisfaction rating was 7.53 (SD=1.20) for both groups. There were no significant differences between the groups. The computer-based simulation group had significant higher satisfaction ratings in 'Setting priorities for nursing intervention' and 'Implementing nursing skills as protocol' compared to the mannequin-based simulation group. Most nurses felt the simulation experience was useful for future performance in their workplace, but rated realism of simulation as unsatisfactory.


The introduction of simulation-based resuscitation training as an active-learning format was positively embraced by nurses. Computer-based simulation might be beneficial for acquiring nursing skills and decision making skills in resuscitation. Further study is needed to verify the effects of simulation-based resuscitation training with more rigorous outcomes.

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