Why Increase Simulation?
"Learning in simulation allows for situated cognition--or learning in context--a concept at the forefront of contemporary educational reform. (NLN Board of Governors, A vision for teaching with simulation, April 2015)." The National Council of State Boards of Nursing landmark, multi-site, longitudinal, study (Hayden, Smiley, Alexander, Kardong-Edgren & Jeffries, 2014) concluded that there is substantial evidence that simulation can be substituted for up to 50 percent of traditional clinical experiences when faculty are trained to use simulation methods.
Contextualized learning brings classroom and clinical together. According to the NLN Board of Governors (2015) Passive learning approaches are being replaced by experiential learning. Educators have turned to simulation as a way to provide rich learning experiences that can replicate actual clinical experiences. There is a growing lack of clinical placements for students making it "imperative for nursing programs to incorporate quality simulation experiences throughout the program of learning".
Faculty at the School of Nursing are answering the NLN's Call to Action by purposefully integrating simulation into the curriculum with clear connections toward achieving student learning outcomes.
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