Simulation in Nursing



High-fidelity patient simulation is utilized in a variety of ways in the nursing profession. While simulation was slow to enter nursing education, beginning late in the 1990s, simulation use took even longer to reach the nurses already practicing in healthcare environments. Growth has steadily increased, though many nurses and nursing students still lack exposure to this valuable teaching strategy. As with most technological advances, the cost of patient simulators has decreased over the past decade. Initial use of patient simulators, in the late 1990s and early 2000s, for nursing education occurred as the result of grant programs and visionary leaders. There are still challenges to full integration, such as cost, human resources, and training needs; however, the value is appreciated and the benefits are beginning to outweigh the challenges. It is vital that administrators and simulation enthusiasts continue to promote the effective use of simulation and provide the leadership to integrate this teaching methodology into the entire curriculum. Further research needs to be undertaken to identify the impact various conceptual areas have on learning outcomes as well as how learning with simulation impacts patient care and safety.


Curriculum integration Nursing education Nursing simulation Hospital simulation Simulated clinical experience 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Simulation Center of ExcellenceDeVry UniversityDowners GroveUSA

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