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Recent Research Projects

Responding to a Critical and Urgent Need: Informing Evidence-Based Regulation of Simulation in Pre-licensure Registered Nursing Education

To inform evidence-based regulatory decisions about what is the most appropriate ratio to “count” hours spent in simulation towards required clinical hours for pre-licensure registered nursing education programs, this study aims to:

  • Compare learning and patient care performance outcomes between students who participate in 4 hours of traditional clinical activities, 2 hours of mannequin-based simulation activities, or 2 hours of virtual simulation activities.
  • Examine how each type of experiential learning (traditional clinical, mannequin-based simulation, and virtual simulation) meets pre-licensure registered nursing students' learning needs by answering the following questions:
    • How do students make clinical judgments during patient care, how do they know (or not know) the correct action to take during patient care, and how will each experiential learning activity inform their nursing care when they encounter similar patient care situations in the future?
    • How do pre-licensure registered nursing students perceive each experiential learning activity meets their learning needs?
  • Conduct a cost-utility analysis comparing traditional clinical, mannequin-based simulation, and virtual simulation.

Data collection is scheduled for Sept. 2021 - June 2022 and results are anticipated by Sept. 2022. Please direct questions to the project's Principal Investigator: Katie Haerling at