The NCSBN National Simulation Study: A Longitudinal, Randomized, Controlled Study Replacing Clinical Hours with Simulation in Prelicensure Nursing Education

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Providing high-quality clinical experiences for students has been a perennial challenge for nursing programs. Short patient length of stays, high patient acuity, disparities in learning experiences, and the amount of time instructors spend supervising skills have long been issues. More recently, other challenges have emerged: more programs competing for limited clinical sites, faculty shortages, facilities not granting students access to electronic medical records, and patient safety initiatives that decrease the number of students allowed on a patient unit or restrict their activity to observing care.

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