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Sabio, Cristan

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B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

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School of Nursing


High levels of self-efficacy in nursing students increases their confidence and willingness to perform a skill or action in each situation. There is gap in the literature that addresses the negative or undesired effects of clinical simulation on the development of self-efficacy in nursing. This study was conducted to explore if student’s confidence levels in completing nursing skills decreases after unsuccessfully completing the skill in clinical simulation. This quasi-experimental study utilized pre-simulation and post-simulation surveys through Qualtrics to measure self-efficacy levels among nursing students. Participants (N = 17) were nursing students from a baccalaureate program. Overall, successfully completed nursing skills resulted in a large increase in nursing students’ self-efficacy while unsuccessful clinical skills resulted in a lesser increase in self-efficacy. The results did not present statistically significant data that nursing students’ self-efficacy decreases with unsuccessful skills in clinical simulation due to sample limitations. Future research should continue to explore how simulation performance may affect nursing student’s self-efficacy.


14 pages




Northern Illinois University

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