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interdisciplinary communication, interprofessional education, nursing education, paramedics, simulation



  1. Furseth, Paula A. MSN, RN
  2. Taylor, Barbara PhD, RN
  3. Kim, Son Chae PhD, RN


Simulation-based interprofessional education is beneficial, but it is not clear whether the nature of the simulation has any impact. A pretest and posttest study was conducted among nursing (n = 131) and paramedic (n = 58) students participating in mass casualty incident (MCI) simulations versus handoff communication simulations. Nursing students had better attitudes toward interprofessional education, as well as higher levels of satisfaction and self-confidence, after handoff communication simulations in comparison with MCI simulations. Active participation in clinical simulations appears to have a greater positive impact on nursing students.