Use of Standardized Patients in Mental Health Simulation

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Amber Irwin
Christine Colella


Standardized patients (SP) have been utilized in nursing education lab simulations to offer students a realistic and standardized environment for practicing skills. The use of the SP for mental health education has not been widely used. Due to a lack of mental health clinical sites and safety concerns, using a SP in mental health nursing education is an exciting and viable option. Preparing and using the SP could be a way to make sure nursing students get the experience without the anxiety.


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