The Effect of High-Fidelity Simulation on Medical-Surgical Nurses' Mock Code Performance and Self-Confidence

The Effect of High-Fidelity Simulation on Medical-Surgical Nurses' Mock Code Performance and Self-Confidence

Identification: MSNJ1909
Issue: May-June 2019
Volume: Vol. 28/No. 3
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This experimental pilot study sought to evaluate the effect of high-fidelity simulation on medical-surgical nurses mock code performance and self-confidence. Thirty-seven nurses participated and results showed significant improvements for time to defibrillation and self-confidence.

Learning Outcome:
After completing this learning activity, the learner will be able to identify the effect of high-fidelity simulation (HFS) training on medical-surgical nurses' mock code performance and self-confidence.

Learning Engagement Activity:
1. Identify the 2 significant improvements achieved by this pilot study.
2. Discuss the importance of debriefing after participating in a simulation event.

Contact hours available until 6/30/2021.

Requirements for Successful Completion:

Complete the learning activity in its entirety and complete the online CNE evaluation.

Authors Conflict of Interest Disclosure:

The author(s), editor, editorial board, content reviewers, and education director reported no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this continuing nursing education article.

Commercial Support and Sponsorship:

No commercial support or sponsorship declared.

Accreditation Information:

This educational activity is jointly provided by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. and the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN).

Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number CEP 5387. Licensees in the state of California must retain this certificate for four years after the CNE activity is completed.

This article was reviewed and formatted for contact hour credit by Michelle Boyd, MSN, RN, AMSN Education Director.


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Cathy Luedeke
6/25/19 1:42 am

I agree that practice & mock codes will allow the nurse to be more confident in their skills, and thus more efficient. A defib time of 3 minutes is great!

Michelle Rudolph
7/23/19 5:34 am

great article

Lisa Campbell
7/25/19 1:01 am

You know the old saying "practice makes perfect." I think mock codes are essential to promoting proficient life saving nursing skills. Our Organization does mock codes.

Jagir Kaur
8/8/19 12:20 am

Great article

Elizabeth Dickey
9/11/19 2:45 pm

Excellent article. Improving patient outcomes is always the goal. Supporting staff with mock codes will ultimately support better decision making and care provided to our patients.

Sandra LaPointe
10/6/19 6:04 pm

Although the same size (37 RN's) was small, the most notable significance in improvement was in the time to defib. It's hard to argue with that improvement seeing how important that is where time matters.

David Lindsey
10/21/19 3:20 pm

The article has great information surrounding the importance of mock code simulation in the clinical setting and how simulation benefits the nurse in bring about critical thinking and better patient outcomes. Additionally, the research outcomes of the article can be used for providing senior leadership information on the importance of education and simulation and it's impact on patient outcomes.

Renee Petersen
11/5/19 12:02 pm

This article supports that having mock code simulation for medical surgical nurses will improve the response time to defibrillation and the nurses will feel more confident. Should be added to the education plan.

Floremil Aruejo
12/23/19 6:35 pm

great article

Grace Allen
5/31/20 11:30 pm

Reduced time to defibrillation with simulation is a good reason to study this further.

Connie Markey
7/3/20 5:02 am


Anal Rathod
9/1/20 3:28 pm

Excellent article, Agree with the mock code to prepare nurses to deliver lifesaving interventions timely with confidence.

Brenda Williams
12/4/20 5:09 pm

Mock codes are an excellent idea and not only for the patient, but for the confidence and decision making skills of the RN.

Marta Paul
5/26/21 2:38 pm

This article confirms that High-Fidelity Simulations on Mock Codes help Med-Surg nurses gain more confidence and improve in response time to defibrillation. It is a win-win situation to provide Mock Codes for Med-Surg nurses, because patients will be saved faster and nurses will be more confident in performing life saving measures. The hospital I work for has all the Med-Surg nurses ACLS certified. I believe this also helps our Med-Surg nurses.