The Impact of Virtual Simulation on Critical Thinking and Self-Directed Learning Ability of Nursing Students

Sook Jung Kang, Chong Min Hong, Hyerim Lee

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Abstract

Background: Nursing educators increasingly use virtual simulation, making it important to assess it efficacy and applicability. Methods: A one-group pretest–posttest study was conducted to investigate the impact of virtual simulation on nursing students' critical thinking and self-directed learning abilities. The participants were 47 Korean nursing students, completing a 4-week course that included the use of vSim for Nursing. Results: No statistically significant differences emerged between the assessments on critical thinking or self-directed learning ability before and after virtual simulation. However, one subscale on self-directed learning ability, “gathering resources for learning,” showed statistical significance. Conclusions: Virtual simulation in its current format can be applied to Korean nursing students, but should be tailored to language appropriateness and the Korean clinical environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-72
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Simulation in Nursing
Volume49
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2020

Keywords

  • critical thinking
  • nursing education
  • self-directed learning
  • virtual simulation
  • vSim for nursing

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