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Journal of Interprofessional Practice and Collaboration

Abstract

Abstract

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.

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