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Table 2 Examples of sub-themes and themes from the thematic analysis of the focus group interviews about the nursing students’ experiences with simulation-based training

From: Nursing students’ transfer of learning outcomes from simulation-based training to clinical practice: a focus-group study

Example of text codedSub-themeTheme
I had a very negative self-image in the situation. Afterwards they told me that I saved the patient…. My self-confidence increased after having talked together. I could see that I did something correct after all (No. 6).Positive feedback reduces self-criticismSimulation-based training promotes self-confidence
I check the symptoms we learned during simulation every day. The skin, the lips – are they blue? Checking breathing and pulse…Knowing what these symptoms mean and what is important to do as the next step. It was useful to learn during simulation (No. 8).Applying knowledge to the performance of activitiesUnderstanding from simulation-based training improves clinical skills and judgement in practice
In clinical practice, you see that many people communicate unclearly, and that makes you more observant to use closed-loop communication, like we did during simulation (No. 1).Using communication tools improves communicationSimulation-based training emphasises the importance of communication and team collaboration