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faculty development, integrative review, nurse educator, professional development, simulation learning, transitions theory



  1. Fitzwater, Julie PhD, RN, CNRN, CNE
  2. McNeill, Jeanette DrPH, RN, MSN, CNE, ANEF
  3. Monsivais, Diane PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF
  4. Nunez, Franchesca PhD, RN, CDS


Background: Nurse clinicians transitioning to the educator role require competency development. Simulation methods may increase knowledge and skill development in nurse educators.


Purpose: The purpose of this review was to examine what is known about using simulation to facilitate transition to the nurse educator role.


Methods: A literature search was completed including simulation methods at any level of fidelity with nurse educators as learners.


Results: Using Meleis' Transitions Theory, the outcomes of reviewed reports demonstrated properties of transitions, facilitators of transitions, and indicators of successful transitions to the nurse educator role. Transition outcomes related to mastery of the role were not evident in the reports.


Conclusions: Simulation learning has the potential to support the nurse educator in role transition and development.