Impact on Students’ Self-Efficacy after Participating in a Simulation on Deescalating Techniques for Patients with a Psychiatric Disorder

Impact on Students’ Self-Efficacy after Participating in a Simulation on Deescalating Techniques for Patients with a Psychiatric Disorder

Simulation is a teaching strategy that can improve students’ self-efficacy. Second semester associate degree nursing students enrolled in a mental health course participated in a simulation about deescalating the behavior of a patient admitted to a psychiatric unit. The purpose of this quantitative comparative quasi-experimental, pre-test, post-test study was to examine if students who participated in a deescalating psychiatric simulation reported a change to perceived self-efficacy as measured by the Confidence in Coping with Patient Aggression Instrument (CCPAI) (Thackrey, 1987).