Efficacy of High-Fidelity Simulation on Learning Outcomes: Immediate Results for a Postgraduate Intensive Care Nursing Course

  • Angelo DanteEmail author
  • Carmen La Cerra
  • Vittorio Masotta
  • Valeria Caponnetto
  • Elona Gaxhja
  • Cristina Petrucci
  • Loreto Lancia
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1008)


High-Fidelity Simulation (HFS) founded on critical care scenarios requires nursing students to perform clinical interventions to effectively face life-threatening conditions. Since little evidence is available on the effectiveness of HFS on knowledge, self-confidence, self-efficacy, performance, and satisfaction of postgraduate nursing students attending an intensive care course, a before-and-after study was conducted on 28 students to document any change of learning outcomes in a respiratory failure scenario. After the HFS session, a significant improvement for self-confidence was revealed. Beyond the statistical significance, the HFS demonstrated to be a valuable complement to traditional education for many students, determining an improvement of their knowledge and self-efficacy. High level in performance and satisfaction during and after HFS session were also documented, confirming HFS as a valid teaching method in the achievement of learning goals, especially when associated with the traditional work placement models, in nursing students attending a postgraduate academic course on intensive and emergency care.


High fidelity simulation training Nursing students Postgraduate Intensive Care Nursing course Learning outcomes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angelo Dante
    • 1
    Email author
  • Carmen La Cerra
    • 1
  • Vittorio Masotta
    • 1
  • Valeria Caponnetto
    • 1
  • Elona Gaxhja
    • 1
  • Cristina Petrucci
    • 1
  • Loreto Lancia
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Health, Life and Environmental SciencesUniversity of L’AquilaL’AquilaItaly

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