Impact of a simulation on nursing students' attitudes toward schizophrenia

Stephanie Sideras, Glenise McKenzie, Joanne Noone, Nathan Dieckmann, Tiffany L. Allen

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Background: Individuals with schizophrenia experience disparities in health based in part on negative perceptions of nurses. Attitudes and behaviors toward schizophrenia may improve when opportunities for interaction are increased. Method: This study compared the impact of a novel two-part simulation with a traditional didactic and clinical experience (N=145). Measures included empathy, attitude, and intention of undergraduate student nurses toward individuals with schizophrenia. Analysis included testing for differences between control and intervention. Results: Treatment group had significantly lower negative perceptions with no significant change in empathy. Conclusions: Providing students opportunities to gain real or simulated experience with clients with schizophrenia may reduce negative perceptions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134-141
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Simulation in Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015


  • Empathy
  • Hearing voices
  • Live-actor simulation
  • Nursing students
  • Psychiatric nursing
  • Schizophrenia
  • Standardized patients
  • Stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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