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Effects of online virtual simulation education on problem solving, critical thinking and clinical competence in nursing students
Journal of the Korean Data & Information Science Society 2022;33:691-702
Published online July 31, 2022;  https://doi.org/10.7465/jkdi.2022.33.4.691
© 2022 Korean Data and Information Science Society.

Eun-Hwi Kim1 · Yoon-Joo Na2 · Moon-Ji Choi3

13Department of Nursing, Kyungil University
2Department of Nursing, Suseong University
Correspondence to: 1 Assistant professor, Department of Nursing, Kyungil University, Kyungsan 38428, Korea.
2 Assistant professor, Department of Nursing, Suseong University, Daegu 42078, Korea.
3 Assistant professor, Department of Nursing, Kyungil University, Kyungsan 38428, Korea. E-mail: cmoonj12@kiu.kr
Received June 2, 2022; Revised June 30, 2022; Accepted July 11, 2022.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Abstract
This study is aimed to verify effects of online virtual simulation education on problem solving, critical thinking and clinical competence of nursing students compared to traditional simulation education. In this nonequivalent control group pre-post test design study, 38 nursing students participated. Data were collected from September 13 to October 2, 2021 and analyzed by paired and two-sample t-test with SPSS program. The experimental group who received online virtual simulation education significantly improved clinical competence after the intervention. Comparing the effects between experimental and control group, there was no significant difference in problem solving, critial thinking and clinical competence. In a situation where it is difficult to increase nursing competence through clinical and face-to-face practice, online virtual simulation education can be an effective alternative.
Keywords : Clinical competence, computer simulation, critical thinking, nursing students, problem solving.