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

Wakefield, CJ and Smith, D and Hogard, E and Ellis, R and Parry, C (2020) Using PETTLEP imagery as a simulation technique in nursing: Research and guidelines. Nurse Education in Practice, 43. ISSN 1471-5953

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Abstract

© 2020 Elsevier Ltd 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, when 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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