Simulation has a proven history of training military personnel and aviators, and in the past 20 years, has become prevalent in the education field, as well. Nursing simulations for students training to be the nurses help bring real-life scenarios into the classroom, allowing students to hone their clinical reasoning skills and boost their confidence when they officially enter the nursing workforce.
With the proliferation of nursing simulation scenarios in the classroom, context-rich experiential learning can take place isa safe environment, thereby augmenting or replacing altogether traditional learning experiences.
In fact, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) published an award-winning and groundbreaking study that found that up to half of traditional clinical hours in pre-licensure nursing programs can safely be replaced by high-quality patient scenarios for students in the form of nursing simulations. With clinical opportunities limited, more and more programs are looking to manikin-based and virtual simulations to supplement clinical instruction – and it’s paying off.
“The NCSBN National Simulation Study: A Longitudinal, Randomized, Controlled Study Replacing Clinical Hours with Simulation in Prelicensure Nursing Education,” began in the fall of 2011 with incoming nursing students from 10 prelicensure programs across the U.S.
These students were followed through to graduation in May 201, at which time they were assessed on both clinical competency and nursing knowledge. Additionally, graduates provided ratings on how well their perceived learning needs were met.
Study participants were also followed into their first six months of clinical practice. The study found that there were no meaningful differences between the groups in critical thinking, clinical competency and overall readiness for practice as rated by managers at six weeks, three months and six months after working in a clinical position.
The results concluded that simulations for nursing education could be used in up to half of traditional clinical hours experiences under conditions comparable to those described in the simulations for nursing study.
Based on the results of the NCSBN study, The National League of Nursing says “simulation provides a rich learning opportunity, and can be used as a substitute for traditional clinical experiences … with qualifications.” They are:
Co-developed with Laerdal Medical, vSim for Nursing simulates real nursing simulation scenarios and allows students to interact with patients in a safe online environment that’s available anytime, anywhere. vSim for Nursing helps students develop clinical reasoning skills, competence, and confidence by providing:
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