Tripping Over the Welcome Mat

Why New Nurses Don't Stay and What the Evidence Says We Can Do About It

Renee Twibell, PhD, RN, CNE; Jeanne St. Pierre, MN, RN, GCNS-BC; Doreen Johnson, MA, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC; Deb Barton, BS, RN; Christine Davis, BS, RN, CDE; Michelle Kidd, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN; Gwendolyn Rook, BS, RN


Am Nurs Today. 2012;7(6) 

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Using Simulated Learning for New Nurses

Simulation laboratories are another way to support NGNs' transition into practice. Simulations can bridge the gap between knowledge already gained in academic curricula and skills needed to care for multiple, complex patients. Simulations allow a wide range of clinical scenarios to be analyzed in the safety of a lab where patients cannot be harmed. Simulations can be via high-tech, robotic dummies that display real-life physiological symptoms or via live persons from nearby communities who have medical conditions and are willing to role play and be assessed by NGNs in a laboratory setting. While simulation labs can be costly to start up if advanced technology is desired, grants may be available. Multiple facilities can share labs or partner with academic centers that have labs.


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