Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award


Document Type

DNP Project



Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Molly Kuhle

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Catherine Garner

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Cheryl Green


Simulation in nursing education programs is widely used as an active clinical learning strategy. This teaching methodology is a standard supplement to clinical experiences for nursing students to meet the requirements of clinical components within their degree program; however, the faculty of a small liberal arts-based Bachelor of Science in Nursing program was not using simulation to its fullest potential. Therefore, the purpose of this DNP project was to introduce the use of evidence-based practice simulation guidelines recommended by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. The study sample of 16 included 10 full-time faculty, five part-time adjunct faculty, and one simulation lab coordinator. Implementing the educational training using the guidelines took place over 3 months in the spring of 2021. Participants completed the Faculty Attitudes and Adoption of Simulation assessment before and after implementing the education program. Additionally, participants completed an Educator’s Self-Efficacy questionnaire after the educational training was completed. The study revealed that formal educational training positively affects faculty attitudes and the adoption of simulation. Thus, the results of this project suggest that continuing education works and is necessary to develop new knowledge based on evidence-based practice. Keywords: BSN pre-licensure programs, NCLEX-RN pass rates, simulation guidelines, nursing clinical judgment, accredited simulation programs, nursing simulation education

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