Authoring Simulations for High-Stakes Student Evaluation

Janet Willhaus, Gail Burleson, Janice Palaganas, Pamela Jeffries

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Although simulation methods have primarily been used for teaching in nursing education, there is a growing interest in the use of simulation for student and program evaluations. Developing simulation scenarios for high-stakes evaluation differs from traditional teaching and learning scenario authorship in a number of ways. This manuscript describes the process used to write, pilot test, and revise scenarios used in the National League for Nursing High-Stakes Testing feasibility project. Observations and reported differences in scenario development and facilitation may provide insight to others regarding the best use of summative simulation scenarios.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e177-e182
JournalClinical Simulation in Nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • High stakes testing
  • Nursing
  • Scenario development
  • Simulation
  • Summative evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Education
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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