As anyone in the field would surely attest, nursing is a career that is both incredibly rewarding while also fraught with significant demands and challenges. One area in particular that has been making strides in supporting nurses is the expanded and refined use of simulation—in order to practice the clinical skills necessary to ensure safe patient care.

Using life-like computerized mannequins to replicate the complex patient environment of the clinical setting, simulation offers nursing students the opportunity to practice in a safe atmosphere before beginning full-time work in a real clinical setting. Simulation benefits students, faculty, and health care providers, and also carries the power to transform the health care system through improvements in quality, safety, efficiency, and care outcomes.

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