Sixty nursing students pursuing their bachelor of science in nursing at Washington State University recently completed their part in a national study of simulated patient use in education. The program was held for two years and featured 480 hours of simulation with 105 simulated patients. The students were part of the second phase of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) National Simulation Study, which involves five associate and five baccalaureate programs nationwide. The purpose of the study is to investigate the ideal mix of simulation and clinical training needed to best prepare nurses. The national study is now moving into its last phase. NCSBN will follow up with nursing graduates in the workplace who participated in simulation study groups to evaluate their clinical competency.
Use of simulations in nursing education are among the recommended educational initiatives suggested by the Institute of Medicine in the report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. For more details on similar research recommendations included in the report, please click here.