Statewide Assessment of Pre-licensure Nursing Programs Utilizing the NCSBN Simulation Guidelines
The use of simulation has rapidly advanced as a teaching-learning strategy in nursing education. The NLN/Jeffries framework moved to a mid-range theory underpinning the importance of developing simulation programs which meet standards to enhance achievement of participant, patient, and system outcomes (Jeffries, Rodgers, & Adamson, 2015). The National Council State Board of Nursing (NCSBN) National Simulation study provides evidence that up to 50% of clinical experience can be substituted with simulation under conditions used in the study (Hayden, Smiley, Alexander, Kardong-Edgren, & Jeffries, 2014). Concerns have emerged as prelicensure nursing programs begin to replace clinical experiences with simulation without adequate faculty development, business plans and administration support. The NCSBN developed simulation guidelines for prelicensure nursing programs based on the national study, review of literature, International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning Standards of Best Practice: Simulation and expertise of national simulation leaders (Alexander et al., 2015). While there are tools to assess simulation design and student learning, a paucity of tools exist to assess the strength of a simulation program. The author utilized the NCSBN simulation guidelines with corresponding checklists for faculty and program preparation to assess 25 prelicensure nursing programs. The aggregate findings of a statewide assessment will be presented highlighting common faculty and program development needs. The data will inform the creation of a statewide core curriculum for simulation education based on the NCSBN simulation guidelines for prelicensure nursing programs.