Case-based learning: Facilitating nurse practitioner clinical learning with virtual patient cases

Jeanne Moore, Leigh Montejo

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Through unfolding patient case studies, case-based learning has the potential to facilitate nurse practitioner (NP) student application of didactic knowledge to clinical practice, thus narrowing the theory-practice gap. The purpose of this studywas to investigateNP student experience using virtual patient cases to supplement clinical learning. Bloom's cognitive taxonomy served as the framework. Seven students enrolled in the final semester of a distance family NP program completed 45 virtual patient cases over an 8-week period. Case topics covered a variety of primary care problems. Usability of the virtual learning platform was measured by the System Usability Scale. Clinical learning value was measured by the Student Satisfaction and Self-Confidence in Learning Scale. Students rated their perceived ability tomanage common primary care problems at the start and end of the 8-week period. Students found the virtual learning platform highly usable and were satisfied and self-confident with their learning. Student perceived ability to manage common primary care problems increased for all virtual case topics from start to end of course. This study provides further evidence that well-designed virtual patient cases have the potential to effectively supplement NP student clinical learning. These results are important as NP faculty look for alternative forms of clinical learning to supplement direct care clinical experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-134
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 15 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Case based learning
  • Clinical strategies
  • Digital learning strategies
  • Innovation
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Use of technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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