Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing
Research Article

Reflection of Learning Styles on Students’ Anxiety and Learning Levels in Simulation Education: An Obstetrics and Neonatology Nursing Experience


Department of Nursing, Acıbadem Mehmet Ali Aydınlar University, Faculty of Health Sciences, İstanbul, Turkey


Department of Women Health and Gynecologic Nursing, İstanbul University-Cerrahpaşa, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, İstanbul, Turkey


Department of Nursing, İstanbul Medipol University, Faculty of Health Science, İstanbul, Turkey

Florence Nightingale J Nurs 2021; 29: 186-193
DOI: 10.5152/FNJN.2021.19173
Read: 1217 Downloads: 477 Published: 01 June 2021

AIM: This study aimed to investigate whether the learning styles of nursing students affected their anxiety and learning levels during simulation education.

METHOD: This was a cross-sectional and quasi-experimental study, which included a total of 60 nursing students. The students received simulation education about labor management and first care of newborns. The Learning Styles Inventory III, the Trait Anxiety Scale, and a pretest were used before the simulation education, and the Perceived Learning Scale and a posttest were used after the simulation education to collect data.

RESULTS: According to data from the learning styles inventory, 81.6% of the students had a diverging learning style, 11.7% had an assimilating learning style, and 6.7% had an accommodating learning style. The mean state anxiety score was 49.83 ± 10.59 just before the simulation. The mean pretest score was 51.50 ± 16.96 and the mean posttest score was 54.17 ± 15.22. The perceived learning score was 35.45 ± 5.12. There was a significant difference in anxiety levels in terms of learning styles (p < .005).

CONCLUSION: Most of the students in this study had a diverging learning style. Their anxiety levels did not change depending on their learning styles. The pretest/posttest results and perceived learning levels showed that simulation helped to achieve learning in all types of learners.

Cite this article as: Kan Öntürk, Z., Kanığ, M., Aslan, E., & Kuğuoğlu, S. (2021). Reflection of learning styles on students’ anxiety and learning levels in simulation education: An obstetrics and neonatology nursing experience. Florence Nightingale J Nurs, 29(2), 186-193.

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