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Keywords

Integrated learning experience, Nursing program, Senior, Undergraduate

 

Authors

  1. Foley, Jo Anne DNP, RN, CCRN, CNE
  2. Mason, Virginia M. PhD, RN-BC, CCRN, ACNS-BC, CNE
  3. Manning, Karen MSN, RN

Abstract

Integration of nursing classroom didactics with clinical and simulation experiences is crucial to obtaining improved student learning outcomes and successful academic achievement. According to the Institute of Medicine (2010), to ensure the delivery of safe, patient-centered care across settings, the nursing education system must be improved. Patient needs have become more complicated, and nurses need to attain requisite competencies to deliver high-quality care. An important aim is to increase active learning behaviors and maintain student engagement, which will foster an effort to learn and meet the complex needs of patients today. The integration of clinical and simulation with theory concepts can contribute to successful student development, confidence, self-efficacy, and reenforced desire to learn which is the key to success and competence development. Teamwork and collaboration are valued in nursing educational objectives as well as in the workplace. Blending a shared vision and mutual expectations helps to meet goals.