Simulation in Nursing Education

  • Vicki Moran
  • Rita Wunderlich
  • Cynthia Rubbelke


Simulation usage in nursing education has been increasing over the past several years. Nursing educators should familiarize themselves with the necessary tools to incorporate simulation experiences in their nursing curriculum. National and international organizations have developed to advance and endorse simulation in healthcare. Nursing research has provided evidence that simulation contributes to student learning.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vicki Moran
    • 1
  • Rita Wunderlich
    • 2
  • Cynthia Rubbelke
    • 1
  1. 1.School of NursingSaint Louis UniversitySaint LouisUSA
  2. 2.McAuley School of NursingMaryville University McAuley School of NursingSaint LouisUSA

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