Simulation in Nursing Education. Margaret Saunders RN, BSN, CCRN. ABSTRACT.
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Margaret Saunders RN, BSN, CCRN
Health Care in the United States is not as safe as most would think. There is an alarming rise in morbidity and mortality among hospitalized patients, causing increase concern about professional competency(Durham & Alden, 2008). Given that nurses are the largest group of health care providers, they are under scrutiny to provide safe, quality, and effective patient care. Nursing education programs across the country are faced with the challenge of providing students with the skills to function and perform in a fast paced, highly complex environment. The use of clinical simulation in nursing education provides for such challenges. Simulation can incorporate a diversified learning strategy and help prepare students for a complex patient population. As the use of simulation continues to grow, there is a need to increase the credibility of such strategy for increasing critical thinking. This research can help provide evidence for the use of simulation to increase critical thinking among associate degree nursing students.