The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) (2019) reported in 2018-2019, U.S. nursing schools turned away more than 75,000 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs due to insufficient numbers of faculty and clinical sites. Two-thirds of the nursing schools related a shortage of nursing faculty and/or clinical preceptors as a reason for not admitting qualified applicants (AACN, 2019).
There is a triad of challenges facing nursing today. The evolving triad is a nursing shortage, a lack of clinical facilities and nursing faculty. Nursing education must increase enrollment to fulfill the upcoming nursing shortage. Nursing schools are utilizing a strategy to address this issue with simulation. Simulation has blazed a new frontier in nursing education. The literature supports the use of “simulation labs,” as a tool to fulfilling clinical experiences and mentoring for the novice nurse educator.
Smith, C. B., Hamner, J., Hession, C., Granier, C., Lewis, T., & Thibodeaux, A. (2020). Simulation: An Effective Tool for Mentoring the Novice Nursing Faculty. Online Journal of Interprofessional Health Promotion, 2(2). Retrieved from https://repository.ulm.edu/ojihp/vol2/iss2/5