Students' experience and perceived value of a clinical simulation centre
Craig Mortimer, Ann Ooms
Thursday, June 2, 2022
The emergence of new technology and innovation has seen dedicated simulation centres being designed and built to assist with the development of a range of professionals within the ever-changing healthcare setting. Focusing on the university environment, this study examined the extent to which paramedic students perceive these simulation centres as efficient and effective learning spaces.
Using evaluation research, data were collected from 33 students studying paramedic science at a London university. An online questionnaire was used to measure student engagement, perceived value, impact and sustainability of a simulation centre.
Participants primarily perceived the simulation centre as having high value and a good impact on their learning and development, although some concerns were raised regarding its utilisation and general usability.
While large-scale simulation centres seem beneficial to learning, they need to be fully integrated into the curriculum to maximise their impact on preparing students for their forthcoming role.
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