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Study Will Examine the Effectiveness of Simulation

January 23rd, 2011

In the fall of 2011, the use of simulation methods in multiple prelicensure nursing programs will be studied across the country.

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) will conduct the study to evaluate and highlight the best practices in simulation use. Students from five associate and five baccalaureate degree programs will be monitored from their first day of school, through graduation and into their first year of practice.

Among the 10 study sites are Florida International University, Johns Hopkins University and Washington State University.

Nursing degree students from the 10 institutions will be randomly assigned to one of three groups. If a school’s particular program typically devotes 10, 25 or 50 percent of its time to training at clinical sites, for the sake of the study, that time will now be spent in simulation.

A study team comprised of faculty and staff will be located at each of the participating institutions. It is the responsibility of these groups to monitor students several times over the course of the study.

“Information that will be gained from this research is desperately needed by nursing regulators and educators, and will impact the future of nursing education,” says Jennifer Hayden, the simulation study project director.

Following the completion of the study, researchers from NCSBN will compare the effectiveness of clinical and simulation exercises.