The Long and Short: Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Scenario Lengths
How long should a simulated scenario last? Little literature exists, and what does exist, offers unsubstantiated opinions on the optimal timeframe. The authors of this article discuss the merits of both short scenarios, scenarios-defined as <30 minutes; and long scenarios-defined as >30 minutes. Advantages and disadvantages of both types of scenarios are presented. Substantiated research is needed on the appropriate time to simulate.
Anderson, Mindi; Jenkins, Terri; Kardong-Edgren, Suzan; LeFlore, Judy; and Stefan, Cristian. (2014). "The Long and Short: Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Scenario Lengths". Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 10(5), e271-e276. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecns.2014.01.002