Implementing Simulation Training for New Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit Nurses

Bryan Boling, Melanie Hardin-Pierce, Lynne Jensen, Zaki Udin Hassan

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New critical care nurses struggle with knowledge application and low self-confidence. Internship programs are helpful; however, data on their effect on critical thinking and knowledge application are scarce. The use of high-fidelity simulation training is effective at improving provider learning and confidence. This article describes the design and implementation of a simulation training program for a nursing internship program in the cardiothoracic intensive care unit. The use of an educational framework to guide the process is also presented. Although it can be a time- and resource-intense effort, creating a custom program is effective in the training of new nurses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-38.e12
JournalClinical Simulation in Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

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© 2016 International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning


  • critical thinking
  • designing simulation scenarios
  • effectiveness of simulation training
  • implementing simulation training
  • new graduate nurse training
  • nurse internship outcomes
  • simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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