High-Fidelity Simulation: Descriptive Analysis of Student Learning Styles

Naomi Tutticci*, Fiona Coyer, Peter A. Lewis, Mary Ryan

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Background Nurse educators need to be responsive to and understand individual learning styles and characteristics. This responsiveness will contribute to a satisfying and effective high-fidelity simulation. Method A descriptive post-test design was employed as part of a larger randomized controlled intervention study. Results The majority of third-year nursing students were divergers (29.8%), and the highest mean score for learning characteristics was for active experimentation. Participants were highly satisfied and agreed effective teaching, and learning strategies were evident in and important for simulation. Conclusions High-fidelity simulation is valued by third-year nursing students, irrespective of their learning styles and is particularly suited to millennial students. The implementation and design of simulation requires further examination to ensure that it consistently assists students in preparation for professional practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-521
Number of pages11
JournalClinical Simulation in Nursing
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • active learning
  • education
  • high-fidelity simulation
  • learning styles
  • satisfaction
  • undergraduate nursing


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