National Simulation Study

Study Overview

Incoming nursing students will have the opportunity to participate in a landmark study of simulation use in nursing education. The Southern Miss School of Nursing is one of 10 schools chosen by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NSCBN) to participate in a landmark national study exploring the role of simulation in pre-licensure clinical nursing education.

The study examines the use of simulated clinical experiences as a replacement for a portion of the time spent in traditional clinical education. Participation in the study will last for two years, from Fall 2011 through graduation in May 2013. Participants can also volunteer to continue in the study for an additional year as a newly licensed practicing nurse.



Why is this Study Important to the Future of Nursing Education?

There is a tremendous increase in the number of nursing programs incorporating simulation into nursing curriculum and some programs have turned to simulation to provide opportunities that students may not have received in a clinical setting. More and more nursing programs have appealed to their state boards of nursing to request using simulation as a replacement for a portion of the required clinical hours. This study is looking to see if using computerized patient manikins to simulate clinical situations is comparable to traditional clinical experiences. The data collected by the NCSBN National Simulation Study will help guide educators and regulators to make decisions that could impact the future of nursing education.

This study is being conducted by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), a not-for-profit organization whose membership is comprised of state boards of nursing. NCSBN conducts research, monitors trends in public policy and fosters collaboration among its members and other nursing and health care organizations. NCSBN is also responsible for the development of licensing examinations in nursing.

Throughout the study, participants will:

  • Complete surveys that rate how well learning needs were met and the quality of the simulation experiences
  • Complete simulation assessments at the end of the first year of the study and at graduation
  • Complete standardized examinations every semester to assess nursing knowledge


Learn More about the Study!

NCSBN_Simulation Study Press Release (pdf)

The following video will detail the need and implementation of the nursing simulation laboratory study: