Objective: This study aimed to carry out a systematic literature review on the effectiveness of demonstration as a clinical teaching strategy for nursing. Method: The search was carried out in articles indexed in online databases: Medline/PubMed, Scielo, BVS-WHO, and PeriEnf during the period 2005-2010. Results: The final sample consisted of 08 studies with level 1 or 2 of evidence. All studies concluded that demonstration is effective for clinical teaching related to psychomotor skills. Conclusion: This literature review concluded that demonstration is higly recommended clinical teaching in nursing as well.