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Integration of a Simulation Curriculum Across Semesters in an Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program

  • Katie L. McDermott
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    Correspondence: Katie L. McDermott, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Critical Care, Medical College of Wisconsin/Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, 9000 W. Wisconsin Ave., MS 681, Milwaukee, WI 53226.
    Affiliations
    Katie L. McDermott, Critical Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Critical Care, and Program Director, Children's Wisconsin Dairy Cares Simulation Lab, Medical College of Wisconsin/Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, and Clinical Instructor, College of Nursing, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
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  • Jennifer K. Pfister
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    Jennifer K. Pfister, Critical Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Critical Care, Medical College of Wisconsin/Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, and Clinical Instructor, College of Nursing, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
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  • Jill C. Kuester
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    Jill C. Kuester, Critical Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Critical Care, Medical College of Wisconsin/Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, and Adjunct Clinical Instructor, College of Nursing, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
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  • Leslie Talbert
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    Leslie Talbert, Critical Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Critical Care, Medical College of Wisconsin/Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, and Adjunct Clinical Instructor, College of Nursing, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
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  • Christine A. Schindler
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    Christine A. Schindler, Critical Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Critical Care, Medical College of Wisconsin/Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, and Graduate Program Director, Acute Care/Dual Track Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Options, and Clinical Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
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      Highlights

      • Simulation integration is a dynamic process of iterative collaboration and review.
      • Simulation offers clinically relevant experience for role transition and leadership.
      • Faculty and students report high satisfaction and improved confidence/competence.
      • Integrated and active learning is needed for competency-based education.

      Introduction

      Simulation is a common strategy for health care education. Research regarding simulation for nurse practitioner education is sparse. This paper describes the integration of a nine simulation session curriculum into a nurse practitioner program, including motivating factors, process description, and lessons learned.

      Results

      Students report high satisfaction and improved perception of confidence and competence of knowledge, skills, and performance.

      Discussion

      Integrated learning experiences and outcomes that span an educational program are needed in thetransition to competency-based education. This description serves as a guide for other programs seeking to incorporate simulation-based education.

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