Objective: To evaluate the effects of simulation techniques on learning outcomes in the teaching
of safe drug applications to first year nursing students.
Method: The semi-experimental study was conducted from February to April 2017, and comprised
nursing students of Acibadem Mehmet Ali Aydinlar University. This student satisfaction and selfconfidence in learning scale, medication practice via oral route checklist, and pre- and post-test for
safe drug application knowledge Assessment were used for data collection. Following the theoretical
lectures, case studies, task trainer practices and scenario with standardised patient were carried out.
Baseline knowledge, during-the-scenario performanceand post-scenario level of student's satisfaction
and self-confidence were evaluated. Data was analysed using SPSS 18.
Results: Of the 58 subjects, 51(87.9%) were female. The overall mean age of the sample was 20.69±1.02
years. There was a statistically significant difference between students' knowledge levels before and
after the scenario (p<0.05). Mean performance scoreon safe medication practice was 65.70±5.83. A
significant weak positive correlation was found between the students' scores on satisfaction with
the simulation and knowledge levels as well as the performance and self-confidence scores (p<0.05
each). Also, there was a strong correlation between the scores on self-confidence scale and the
knowledge levels (p<0.01).
Conclusion: Simulation had a positive effect on learning outcomes.