Using PETTLEP imagery as a simulation technique in nursing: research and guidelines

Wakefield, Caroline and Smith, Dave and Hogard, Elaine and Ellis, Roger and Parry, Clare (2020) Using PETTLEP imagery as a simulation technique in nursing: research and guidelines. Nurse Education in Practice. ISSN 1471-5953

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One of the most valuable skill sets developed in nurse education is the ability to develop the clinical and practical skills learned. This can take various forms such as university-based practice, simulation and direct experience with patients. To this end imagery, a process where all of the senses are used to create or recreate an experience in the mind, could represent simulated practice of clinical skills. Research on imagery has indicated that the technique can be used to assist in the performance of skill based procedures carried out by nurses can be beneficial. However, guidelines are lacking in this area of simulated practice. In this article, we review current research on the topic of imagery in enhancing skilled performance and outline a model that can assist in conducting interventions. Furthermore, we consider how this could be implemented within a nursing environment to produce beneficial performance effects in both pre-registration and registered nurses.

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Additional Information and Comments: “NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Nurse Education in Practice. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Nurse Education in Practice, available online at
Keywords: simulation, PETTLEP, nursing, training, simulation
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Caroline Wakefield
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2020 09:29
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2020 11:52

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