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  1. Holland, Brian MSN, RN
  2. Landry, Karen PhD, RN
  3. Mountain, Angela MS, RN, CMSRN
  4. Middlebrooks, Mary Alice MSN, RN
  5. Heim, Deborah BSN(c)
  6. Missildine, Kathy PhD, RN, CNE


Using situated cognition learning theory, nursing faculty developed simulated clinical learning experiences integrating virtual communities and standardized patients. These learning experiences provide authenticity and realism not easily achieved using the individual techniques in isolation. The authors describe the process of weaving these strategies into a rich learning experience for students.