Enhancing labor and delivery learning experiences through simulation

Barbara Sittner, Melody Hertzog, Margaret Ofe Fleck

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Background: Maternal-child educators are seeking creative solutions to bridge didactic instruction to the clinical setting. Students have limited opportunities to provide hands-on obstetric care. Method: A pre-experimental design was used to assess junior-level baccalaureate nursing students' ability to transfer previous labor and delivery knowledge and clinical judgment to a simulated learning environment. A checklist was developed for nurse raters to evaluate team performance during the simulation learning experience. Results: The percentage of agreement for each pair of raters evaluating team performance using the video checklist during the simulation ranged from 72% to 82%, with kappas ranging from 0.40 to 0.62. Preliminary data show the checklist may be a viable option to evaluate clinical performance in a simulated labor and delivery environment. Conclusion: Future studies are needed to further evaluate learning strategies and outcomes using performance checklists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E521-E530
JournalClinical Simulation in Nursing
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2013


  • Checklist
  • Labor & delivery
  • Nursing education
  • Patient simulation
  • Satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Education
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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