Last week the faculty at UNLV received a copy of the recently completed National Simulation Survey put together by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. The study had some really interesting statistics about the state of simulation in the nation today.
The survey is available online at the Journal of Nursing Regulation. I was not surprised to see just how many schools have adopted simulation! What did surprise me was the incredible range in the length of scenarios, from 10 minutes to 60 minutes. While it is fun to explore new territory with regards to simulation, I am glad the NCSBN is now conducting a Landmark Study to learn more about best practices from 10 contributing institutions:
“The NCSBN is conducting a landmark, national, multi-site, longitudinal study of simulation use in prelicensure nursing programs throughout the country. Collaborating with learning institutions across the U.S., the NCSBN is embarking on a new research initiative exploring the role and outcomes of simulation in pre-licensure clinical nursing education. The study will begin Fall 2011.
This study will follow beginning nursing students from 10 participating schools throughout their nursing education, and will continue to follow them for up to one year into practice as newly graduated nurse professionals. This study will be examining the knowledge and clinical competency outcomes of students when simulation technology is used for clinical experiences.”