Featured Article| Volume 32, P27-38, July 2019

Online Simulation-Based Mastery Learning with Deliberate Practice: Developing Interprofessional Communication Skill


      • Asynchronized online simulation offers flexibility to practice communication skill.
      • Deliberate practice can positively impact students' SBAR performance and confidence.
      • Students recommended including the online intervention in their program of study.



      New nursing graduates rarely achieve practice-ready competency in reporting critical information to other health care professionals.


      This experimental group comparison study used an online asynchronized simulation intervention based on deliberate practice incorporated with mastery learning to explore the impacts on students’ critical incident reporting skill.


      The intervention group (n = 22) demonstrated higher performance and confidence levels than the control group (n = 21), although few participants achieved mastery standard, indicating more practice and/or a longer learning period was needed.


      The online intervention offered flexible and safe opportunities for students to practice a skill with limited real-life practice opportunities.


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