SACAD: John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activity Days


Nurse educators use simulation as a tool to teach and evaluate clinical skills. The opportunities have expanded with the advancement of new technologies related to high-fidelity (HFS) simulation. However, HFS has limitations, as there is a lack of meaningful two-way communication. During the last 10 years, educators have increased the usage of standardized patients (SPs) in simulation experiences. SPs can add realism to a simulation, providing nonverbal cues and psychological responses that a manikin cannot produce. Hybrid simulation further enhances the SP experience by incorporating a wearable overlay, such as a tracheostomy, urinary catheterization, or chest tube care simulator. This project uses a convenience sample, pre-test, post-test design to answer the research question, “Does the use of SP overlays in undergraduate nursing simulation increase competency in the clinical setting?” Data will be collected using the Creighton Competency Evaluation Instrument (C-CEI) tool over two time periods (T1, T2). Many studies have been published on participants' reactions and learning related to SPs and overlays; however, research on changes in participant behavior and application of skills and competence in the clinical setting is needed. There is room for hybrid simulation to play a greater part in healthcare education, which can help boost students' confidence and competency and may lead to improved patient outcomes. This study is valuable to continue advancements in simulation and promote optimal patient care.

Keywords: communication, clinical judgment, standardized patient, simulation, task trainer, overlay

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Christine Hober



Submission Type

online only poster




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