Competition for clinical placements makes finding open slots for nursing students a constant challenge. So a study showing that up to half of those clinical hours can be replaced in a high-quality simulation lab with no drop-off in learning is welcome news nursing students across the nation.
According to a study by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, students in such programs enter the profession just as ready for clinical practice as peers from more traditional programs.
Study participants were then followed into their first six months of clinical practice. The study found 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.
Programs participating along with Johns Hopkins School of Nursing :
College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
Florida International University, Miami, FL
Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis, IN
Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, Lancaster, PA
Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley, Kansas City, MO
The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Washington State University, Spokane, WA
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