NCSBN Simulation Guidelines for Prelicensure Nursing Programs

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The NCSBN Simulation Guidelines for Prelicensure Nursing Programs was just released! Check out this comprehensive list of guidelines for simulation programs! This document made available from the Journal of Nursing Regulation.

About this Document: The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) published the results of the largest, most comprehensive study to date concerning the use of simulation as a substitute for traditional clinical experience. Results of the study, which were published in 2014, demonstrated that high-quality simulation experiences could be substituted for up to 50% of traditional clinical hours across the prelicensure nursing curriculum. An expert panel convened by NCSBN evaluated the data gathered through this study, examined previous research and the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning Standards of Best Practice: SimulationSM, and used their collective knowledge to develop national simulation guidelines for prelicensure nursing programs. This article presents those guidelines, evidence to support the use of simulation, and information for faculty and program directors on preparation and planning for using simulation successfully in their nursing programs.



Written By: Maryann Alexander, PhD, RN, FAAN; Carol F. Durham, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN; Janice I. Hooper, PhD, RN, FRE; Pamela R. Jeffries, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF; Nathan Goldman; Suzan “Suzie” Kardong-Edgren, PhD, RN, ANEF, CHSE; Karen S. Kesten, DNP, APRN, CCRN, PCCN, CCNS, CNE; Nancy Spector, PhD, RN, FAAN; Elaine Tagliareni, EdD, RN, CNE, FAAN; Beth Radtke; and Crystal Tillman, DNP, RN, CPNP

Read the Full NCSBN Simulation Guidelines here!


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The National Council of State Boards of Nursing Releases Results of National Simulation Study!

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Breaking News – The NCSBN has released their Landmark Simulation Research Results! Here is a snippet about the overall results from the official NCSBN press release:

“The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has released the findings of its award-winning research, “The NCSBN National Simulation Study: A Longitudinal, Randomized, Controlled Study Replacing Clinical Hours with Simulation in Prelicensure Nursing Education,” which concluded that substituting high quality simulation experiences for up to half of traditional clinical hours produce comparable end of program educational outcomes to those students whose experiences are mostly just traditional clinical hours and produce new graduates that are ready for clinical practice. 

The largest and most comprehensive research to date examining the use of simulation in the prelicensure nursing curriculum, this longitudinal study included incoming nursing students from 10 prelicensure programs across the U.S. who were randomized to one of three study groups: 

  • Control group (traditional clinical where up to 10 percent of clinical time was allowed in simulation) 
  • 25 percent simulation in place of traditional clinical hours 
  • 50 percent simulation in place of traditional clinical hours

The study began in the 2011 fall semester with the first clinical nursing course, continued throughout the core clinical courses to graduation in May 2013. Students were assessed on clinical competency, nursing knowledge and provided ratings on how well they perceived their learning needs were met in both the clinical and simulation environments. A total of 666 students completed the study requirements at the time of graduation.

It was found that up to 50 percent simulation was effectively substituted for traditional clinical experience in all core courses across the prelicensure nursing curriculum. Additionally, the use of up to 50 percent simulation did not affect NCLEX pass rates.

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.”

Read the full NCSBN press release here and then stay tuned to the Journal of Nursing Regulation website to download the full study for free as soon as its posted!

NCSBN National Sim Study Video

Awhile back I posted about the NCSBN National Survey for Simulation.

I just checked back with the NCSBN website and they have a great new video!

NCSBN National Simulation Study Overview from NCSBN Interactive on Vimeo.

Good stuff!


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NCSBN Releases National Simulation Survey & Phase II of Landmark Simulation Study

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.

NCSBN National Simulation Study

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