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Effectiveness of Digital Simulation on Student Nurses’ Knowledge and Confidence:An Integrative Literature Review

Gebreheat, Gdiom; Whitehorn, L. Jane; Paterson, Ruth E.


Gdiom Gebreheat


Digital simulation is an emerging innovation with the potential to address the limitations to traditional clinical simulation. The pandemic has accelerated teaching on digital platforms, which is now embedded in pedagogic practice. This integrative review will evaluate the effectiveness of digital simulation on nursing students’ knowledge and/or confidence. The electronic database search carried out between October 3 and 7, 2021. We included primary research articles published in English language between January 2012 and October 2021. From 14,369 citations, 10 full-text documents were included in our final analysis and synthesis. Results suggest that digital simulation with realistic, immersive and interactive characters had a positive impact on students’ learning outcome in terms of knowledge acquisition and self-confidence. Therefore, combining digital simulation with face-to-face simulation will enhance learning.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 13, 2022
Online Publication Date Jul 26, 2022
Publication Date 2022
Deposit Date Oct 16, 2022
Publicly Available Date Oct 17, 2022
Journal Advances in Medical Education and Practice
Publisher Dove Medical Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2022
Issue 13
Pages 765-775
Keywords digital simulation, confidence, knowledge, nursing
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