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 Simulation Study

Study Overview

Study Overview

Project Coordinator

Joyce Vazzano

As part of the incoming Traditional 2012 class you have the opportunity to participate in a landmark study of simulation use in nursing education. Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHSON) is one of 10 schools chosen by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NSCBN) to participate in a landmark national study exploring the role of simulation in prelicensure clinical nursing education.

The study examines the use of simulated clinical experiences as a replacement for a portion of the time spent in traditional clinical education. Participation in the study will last for two years, from Fall 2011 through graduation in May 2013. Participants can also volunteer to continue in the study for an additional year as a newly licensed practicing nurse.

How can you be a part of this study?
More information will be available at orientation, August 23-26, but if you choose to participate you will be asked to sign a consent form before classes begin. If at a later date you decide not to participate, you may leave the study at any time. Questions? Join one of our online chats and talk to members of the study team and current students who have already completed simulation experiences. 

Clinical Education StandardClinical & Simulated Clinical Education
  • Random, diverse clinical assignments
  • Class and clinical
  • Student nurse role
  • Clinical experience relies on patient population
  • Post-conference following every clinical day
  • Students portray nursing students in the clinical setting – the role of the learner
  • Single opportunity to practice a nursing response to a clinical experience
  • Course exams integrated in all core clinical courses
  • Standardized clinical scenarios and diverse clinical experience
  • Class and experiential learning and clinical
  • Simulations immerse students into RN role – scope of practice upon graduation
  • A wider variety of clinical/simulated patient experiences
  • Debriefing/guided reflection after every simulated clinical experience
  • Redo, re-immerse, and review patient care scenarios/clinical experience
  • Students report, simulations help you “think like a nurse,” by immersing the learner into the RN role – experiencing the scope of practice
  • Course exams integrated in all core clinical courses
  • ATI standardized assessment & practice
  • Online education materials for every core clinical course
  • Practice computerized non-proctored exams
  • One hour proctored exam after each core clinical to evaluate knowledge in the clinical area 
  • Materials available for additional help/assistance 24/7
  • Access to all ATI materials up to 1 year past graduation
  • RN-comprehensive predictor exam to assist in studying for the NCLEX exam
  • Personalized results for all the ATI tests to assist student in identifying his/her competencies

What is Simulation?

What is Simulation?

“Simulations help you think like a nurse,” our students report. An actual simulation experience involves the use of a high-tech, sophisticated computerized manikin for students to practice skills, such as conducting patient assessments, performing nursing interventions, communicating with patients, families, and other healthcare team members, and making clinical decisions while in an environment where a mistake will not harm a patient. As part of the study, simulations that you participate in will be led by qualified faculty members who have received over 50 hours of training.

Patient simulators can be programmed to have different medical conditions with corresponding vital sign changes, varying heart and lung sounds, pulses and can respond to simulated medications. Simulation scenarios can be conducted with almost any patient condition and are followed with a debriefing session.

 More Information

"Hopkins Nursing Admits Harvey The Cardiac Simulator"

"A 21st Century Education"
Johns Hopkins Nursing, Fall 09

"Smarter Nursing with
High-Tech Dummies"
Johns Hopkins Nursing, Spring 11


Study Importance

Why is this Study Important to the Future of Nursing Education?

There is a tremendous increase in the number of nursing programs incorporating simulation into nursing curriculum and some programs have turned to simulation to provide opportunities that students may not have received in a clinical setting. More and more nursing programs have appealed to their state boards of nursing to request using simulation as a replacement for a portion of the required clinical hours. This study is looking to see if using computerized patient manikins to simulate clinical situations is comparable to traditional clinical experiences. The data collected by the NCSBN National Simulation Study will help guide educators and regulators to make decisions that could impact the future of nursing education.

This study is being conducted by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), a not-for-profit organization whose membership is comprised of state boards of nursing. NCSBN conducts research, monitors trends in public policy and fosters collaboration among its members and other nursing and health care organizations. NCSBN is also responsible for the development of licensing examinations in nursing.

Throughout the study, participants will:

  • Complete surveys that rate how well learning needs were met and the quality of the simulation experiences
  • Complete simulation assessments at the end of the first year of the study and at graduation
  • Complete standardized examinations every semester to assess nursing knowledge



NCSBN Simulation Study Webcast

Watch the July 15, 2011 Webcast

Student Testimonials

Student Testimonials

"Simulation is a unique opportunity to actively combine your skills and classroom knowledge in a safe, realistic environment.  It teaches you to quickly assess a situation, prioritize your interventions and communicate effectively.  It has been a fun, exhilarating, and immensely valuable aspect of my nursing education." 
- Elizabeth Murphy, Accelerated '12

" I have loved my time in simulation lab; it has helped me to learn to think on my feet, drawing from the information I have at hand to assess the situation and problem solve.  I think the experience allows you to build confidence as a practitioner as well as self awareness of your strengths and weaknesses."  
-  Christa Oakes, Accelerated '12

"Simulation allows you to practice, make mistakes, and learn from them while remaining within the security blanket of your clinical group.  The rooms are equipped with 2-way mirrors and video equipment so that you can be observed in a non-intrusive way.  With the video capability, it is possible to record a scenario and review where you may have been awkward with a particular skill or during patient interaction.  This type of feedback is an invaluable tool for self-reflection and will ultimately enable us to become better nurses."
 - Jessica Laine NeedhamAccelerated '12