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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)



Thesis Committee Chairperson

Deborah Merriam, DNS, RN, CNE

Second Reader

Cheryl Nosek, DNS, RN, CNE


Purpose: The purpose of the current study was to explore Saudi novice nursing students perceptions of satisfaction and self-confidence with high-fidelity simulation (HFS).

Design: A descriptive quantitative study. Participants: 76 Saudi undergraduate nursing students were recruited through the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM).

Method: Data was collected through online survey was posted on SACM’s official Facebook page and the survey used the Student Satisfaction and Self-Confidence in Learning tool. Data was analyzed using SPSS.

Findings: The findings revealed that satisfaction and self-confidence had a high mean score which indicates that the majority of the students were satisfied and self-confidence with the HFS experience. No significant correlations were found between the demographic characteristics and student satisfaction and self-confidence except that those who are in the pre-licensure program had a significantly higher satisfaction score (p = 0.38) than students who had a bachelor or other degrees. Furthermore, a strong correlation between students’ satisfaction and self-confidence in learning was found (p < 0.05) indicating that these factors were correlated.

Conclusions: HFS prepare novice nursing students for real-life experience and promote the transition to a professional career. Nurse educators should be trained in the use of simulation as a teaching strategy. In addition, nursing faculty needs to consider students perception about the simulation when designing, performing and evaluating.