Determining how to best teach students to meet the learning outcomes and master new nursing skills requires constant evaluation, re-evaluation, and incorporation of new techniques. There is always a need for improvement and innovation when it comes to instructional techniques and practice methods. Several undergraduate nursing programs typically assess skill competency with a one-time formative evaluation which does not always indicate mastery or the ability to perform proficiently in a clinical setting (Johnson, Kimble, Gunby, & Davis, 2019). It is paramount for nurse educators to provide prelicensure students with the necessary skills, knowledge, and training opportunities that will prepare them to safely care for a variety of patient populations. Finding new ways to strengthen current instruction can help more students succeed in the practice setting once they graduate. “Deliberate practice” (DP) is a practice technique that involves repetition, constructive feedback in-between practice sessions, and reflection of performance with the assistance of a peer or educator. DP can help nursing students become more competent in their skillsets and better prepare them for real-world practice. DP centers around enhancing instructional and practice techniques that can result in improved skill performance and safer, competent, and confident nursing students. This structured preparation may lead to more favorable patient outcomes once the students graduate and become working professionals. Even within the realms of nursing education, the patient is at the forefront of importance when creating evidence-based change. DP techniques were incorporated into a skills lab day with undergraduate nursing students at a private university in Houston, Texas. The purpose was to determine if DP improved urinary catheter insertion skill performance. Using a convenience sample of seven students in a nursing fundamentals course, both quantitative and qualitative data were collected. All seven participants expressed that “deliberate practice” was beneficial, worthwhile, and helped them feel more competent when performing a new skill.

Date of publication

Fall 12-6-2020

Document Type

MSN Capstone Project (Local Access)



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