Featured Article| Volume 23, P21-29, October 2018

Simulation Elective: A Novel Approach to Using Simulation for Learning

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      • Elective courses can increase simulation for students who favor this learning method.
      • Challenges and triumphs are outlined in using this innovative approach.
      • Positive course feedback helped to create a new simulation faculty position.


      Simulation has been shown to be an effective learning method. However, most undergraduate nursing programs substitute simulation for only 10%-25% of clinical experiences. In an attempt to increase the use of simulation in the undergraduate program, faculty designed an elective course that uses simulation as the primary learning method. This article outlines the faculty struggles, triumphs, and lessons learned as the course evolved over the last eight years.


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