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Degree Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



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Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Dr. Mary Clements, EdD, MSN, RN

Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing


The importance of nursing competency and development of expertise in the health care environment has been validated in the literature. Simulation is one evidence-based option for development of knowledge and competency that has been shown to be successful in aviation, college-based nursing education, and in nursing staff education. Results of this project support the benefit of a simulation-based program for evaluation and assurance of staff nurses’ competencies. Simulation-based competency was successful in improving communication among multidisciplinary team members through a specific communication technique: Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation (SBAR). The nurses showed significant improvements in both knowledge and confidence of SBAR and the majority of nurses rated the experience as positive.

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