The Use of Simulation In Advanced Practice Nursing Programs: A North American Perspective

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Simulation is an effective pedagogy used extensively in prelicensure nursing education. Advanced practice nursing (APN) programs use simulation even though APN accreditation and certification organizations do not allow substitution of simulation hours for the minimum 500 clinical hours. There is a lack of rigorous research supporting the benefits or describing the outcomes of using simulation in APN programs. This presentation will present the results of a descriptive survey on the current use of simulation in APN programs. A descriptive survey was sent to all APN program Directors in the United States and Canada. Data obtained from the survey provide a baseline for current simulation use, as well as data on the use of International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) Standards of Best Practice as an organizing framework for the implementation of simulations in APN programs. Data on the barriers and resources required to support the provision of simulation in APN programs will also be provided. The information obtained will inform the stakeholders in APN education on current use of simulation, general information on adherence to INACSL’s Standards, perceptions of the value of simulation, and barriers and resources to conducting quality simulations in APN education. The results from this study can provide a base to build further rigorous research on how simulation can enhance the education of APN students, improve knowledge transfer, impact behaviors, and improve outcomes. In addition, the outcomes of this study may help educators develop training and support systems that can enhance quality APN simulations.


Toronto, Canada

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