First Advisor

Berg, Barbara

Second Advisor

Gilbert, Marcia

Third Advisor

Suit, Louise


Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice


Loretto Heights School of Nursing

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

88 pages


The identified area of interest for this outcomes research project was high fidelity simulation as clinical experience within the nursing educational process in a rural setting. Teaching students in a rural setting poses many challenges regarding access to clinical sites. The high fidelity simulation experience occurs in a controlled environment in which students practiced safely and gained knowledge they might not receive in random learning experience in a clinical practice site. This research project was undertaken in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree at Regis University. The instruments used for this study will also become a part of overall program evaluation at West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) School of Nursing through their use in embedded course assessment. WVWC has begun to address the challenges of limited clinical placements in the rural area by providing two simulation experiences for each student per semester from sophomore year to senior year. These experiences were designed to provide students with opportunities to gain confidence in their clinical skills and assessment abilities. Faculty in the School of Nursing familiarized themselves with the literature on simulation experiences as adjuncts to clinical teaching. However, formal evaluations of these pedagogies in this setting have not been undertaken within the School of Nursing.

Date of Award

Spring 2012

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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