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It has been widely recognized that hospital acuity is going higher and patient stays are shorter. Because of the risks, hospital personnel are less and less likely to allow students to be involved in direct patient care. Hospital rules are written to lessen the abilities of students to use the computers, to document direct patient care, and to give end-of-shift report. These are some of the many reasons simulation has become more and more essential to nursing education.
Schools are now incorporating simulation in many ways. There are simulation mannequins that range from low fidelity to very high fidelity. There are virtual reality scenarios and virtual simulation scenarios. In addition, there are simulated electronic health records that can be used in the classroom and in simulation labs. Simulation is definitely helping to educate students, but what do the students get out of simulation that they cannot get in the clinical setting?