Date of Graduation

Fall 12-16-2016

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Dr. Elena Capella, EdD, MSN, MPA, RN, CNL, CPHQ, LNCC

Second Advisor

Karin Blais, RN, MSN, CNL




The purpose of this study was to determine if education through simulation was effective in an undergraduate ADN nursing program to improve nursing confidence, knowledge, skill competency, and nursing care. Two groups of second year RN students were selected in their fall semester to participate in a before and after survey to compare traditional learning (required course readings, assignments, and lectures) with the PROMPT Birthing Simulator that allows hands on, interactive learning, and feedback in preparation for the Mother-Baby clinical setting. The first PDSA cycle with Group A revealed 21% were confident in their knowledge with the traditional learning. Post simulation 47% indicated enhanced confidence and knowledge. The second PDSA cycle was performed on Group B and resulted in 36% feeling confident with traditional learning. Post simulation revealed a 72% increase in confidence and knowledge. Many students verbalized education through simulation was useful and beneficial by enhancing confidence, knowledge, and skill competency. Students report the PROMPT Birthing Simulator better prepared them for the clinical setting by solidifying proper techniques. The PROMPT Birthing Simulator proved to be an effective and useful method, as well as offered students a safe learning environment without the risk of patient harm.

Key words: Simulation, education, training, learning methods, learning outcomes, student perceptions, patient safety