California Board of Registered Nursing 2015 Simulation in Nursing Education Survey


Joanne Spetz, Lela Chu and Lisel Blash

May 6, 2016

This survey of recently-graduated California registered nurses (RNs) was intended to gather information about their experiences with simulation-based education, and how such education has or has not prepared them for nursing practice. Most respondents believed that simulation experiences were reasonably or very effective in preparing them to transition to practice as a new RN. There was a consistent association between the intensity of simulation experiences recent graduates had in pre-licensure education and their self-reported confidence in applying clinical knowledge, performing specific clinical skills, communication, and decision-making. How much simulation, what sort, and in what combination with hands-on clinical practice best prepares students for practice, remains to be determined through future research.