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Milestone Topic 1: Simulation Technology for Advancing Nursing Pedagogy

In looking reviewing various conferences on technology and nursing education including


the National Nursing League (NLN) 2015 Conference, I found several sessions regarding the use
of the latest developments in simulation, e-learning, informatics, and telehealth for better
preparing students for today's technology-rich, health care environment. The use of simulations
is a prominent within nursing education conference frameworks. According to the NLN, nursing
education that employs simulation has been proven to be as effective as traditional clinical
methods when faculty have the needed skills and resources (NLN, 2016, para. 1). Providing
those skills and resources for application of the breakthrough technology of instructional
simulations is critical to success in adapting nursing education to shifting paradigms of education
in the 21st century. This need exists with nursing education as well and warrants the topic,
Simulation Technology for Advancing Nursing Pedagogy.
The expanding body of empirical evidence supporting the effectiveness of simulation in
health care education has engendered calls to action for the development of key strategies,
resources, research that addresses the need for the more experiential learning that simulation
technology can provide nursing education. Findings from a 2014 National Council of State
Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) study evidence that substituting high-quality simulation
experiences for up to 50% of traditional clinical hours produces comparable end-of-program
educational outcomes (p.5). This study substantially contributes to nursing education and the
empirical literature that lacks large scale, multisite study of simulation across the prelicensure
nursing curriculum. Though simulation technology has been supported for a decade now by the
NLN, this topic will cover researched innovations and pedagogy such as virtual patients, partial
task trainers, and human patient simulators (Houston, 2013, Suling, 2013).

References
Hayden, J. K., Smiley, R. A., Alexander, M., Kardong-Edgren, S., & Jeffries, P. R (2014). The
NCSBN National Simulation Study: A longitudinal, randomized, controlled study
replacing clinical hours with simulation in prelicensure nursing education. Journal of
Nursing Regulation Vol. 5, (2) July, 2014 Supplement. Retrieved from
https://www.ncsbn.org/JNR_Simulation_Supplement.pdf.
Huston, C., (2013). The impact of emerging technology on nursing care: Warp speed ahead
OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing Vol. 18, No. 2, Manuscript 1. DOI:
10.3912/OJIN.Vol18No02Man01. Retrieved from http://bit.ly/1oJ6qQp.
NLN (2016). Simulation Education Solutions for Nursing [Electronic article] Retrieved from
http://www.nln.org/centers-for-nursing-education/nln-center-for-innovation-insimulation-and-technology/simulation-education-solutions-for-nursing.
Suling, L. (2013)The Role of Simulation in Nursing Education:A Regulatory Perspective.
National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), Retrieved from
http://www.ncsbn.org/Suling2.pdf.