First Advisor

Patsy Cullen

Second Advisor

Cris Finn


Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice


Loretto Heights School of Nursing

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

64 pages


the pre-evaluations however, not all scores improved between the three scenarios. In fact, four of the nine total scores collected remained the same. In a paired sample T-test the data indicated a positive correlation (p=.05) between pre and post scores for level of comfort with role and level of competence. No statistical significance was noted between the pre and post scores for level of confidence. Because the scores were improved between all the pre to post evaluations this lack of statistical significance is probably due to the small sample size. In the pilot study with six participants the data displayed statistical significance between all pre and post evaluations for improvement. These findings motivated a formal study. Although more research is needed, this small study did show simulated patient experiences can have a positive impact on a nurses’ self-perceptions improving their level of comfort and competence in caring for this population.

Date of Award

Spring 2019