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Competencies, nurse practitioner, NP education, simulation



  1. Jeffries, Pamela R. PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, FSSH (Dean and Professor)


ABSTRACT: Leaders from national nursing organizations, nursing schools, and health care simulation vendors convened in early 2019 to discuss simulation in nurse practitioner (NP) education. Nurse practitioner clinical education needs a more standardized, efficient, and sustainable model to prepare NPs to provide quality care in complex health care systems. Currently, a major shortage of clinical sites and preceptors to educate students creates challenges for NP programs and nursing faculty. One strategy used by nursing programs to overcome this challenge is using simulation to provide clinical training for NP students in a safe, controlled environment. There remains, however, a lack of evidence linking these simulation experiences with clinical skills acquisition and program outcomes. Implementing competency-based education through standardized simulations has the potential to demonstrate quality, safety, and accountability across NP education programs. Ultimately, the expansion and acceptance of simulation hours in NP education is dependent on strong and favorable evidence from rigorous, high-quality studies.