Baccalaureate student perceptions of integrating simulation as a teaching strategy in an acute and critical care nursing course

Background: This article describes the context and student perceptions of integrating simulation into the baccalaureate acute and critical care nursing course.

Method: A total of 209 teaching evaluation tools completed by senior students from 2007 to 2010 were analyzed retrospectively.

Results: The response agreement on specific items was high; in addition, the effectiveness of simulation as a teaching strategy was elaborated by three themes that emerged from students’ comments: (a) More simulation experience is needed, (b) simulation should be introduced early in the program, and (c) simulation is a great way to learn.

Conclusion: Simulation is an effective teaching strategy that can be successfully integrated throughout the baccalaureate nursing curriculum.