Date of Award

January 2016

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Department

Yale University School of Nursing

First Advisor

Marianne Davies

Abstract

Introduction: Simulation is a critical tool that enables healthcare agencies and educational institutions to meet local, state, and national workforce education needs. In order to understand the current use of simulation and available resources at health professions schools in the state of Oklahoma, a comprehensive statewide assessment of simulation resources was conducted.

Methods: Administrators, faculty, and staff at health professions schools participated in an online statewide survey, replicated from the Florida Center for Nursing 2010 Nursing Simulation Resources in Florida survey.

Results: The overall survey response rate was 45.6%. Findings indicate that simulation is used to enhance the educational experiences of learners in a variety of clinical content areas, with a variety of equipment types and levels of fidelity, in various regions of the state both rural and urban. Simulation specialists and faculty in Oklahoma tend to be highly educated registered nurses. They modify and write their own scenarios and manage simulation experiences in dedicated space. Importantly, the majority of schools plan to increase the use of simulation.

Conclusion: The technology centers, community colleges, and universities have the opportunity and desire to collaborate and share simulation resources, partner to provide simulation faculty development, and work together to address fiscal challenges in order to prepare the healthcare workforce with the skills, knowledge, and clinical abilities necessary to care for all Oklahomans. Data collected from this simulation survey have increased the available evidence for informed decision-making by administrators and faculty at health professions schools in Oklahoma.

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This is an Open Access Thesis.

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