Date of Award
Final DNP Paper
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Dr. Leigh Ann Keith
Background: Simulation provides a safe environment for newly hired nurses at all levels to learn and practice new skills in a safe and structured approach. Simulation allows nurses the opportunity to increase self-confidence at the bedside without placing a patient at risk for harm.
Purpose: The purpose of this Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) project is to evaluate the effectiveness of implementing a simulation program during hospital orientation to increase self-confidence with newly hired nurses.
Design Method: A quasi-experimental design using a pre-test-post-test data collection method.
Conclusion: The rapidly changing healthcare environment requires that nurses are prepared to provide patient care with self-confidence and competence. This project provided an avenue for newly hired nurses to practice skills in an environment where it was safe to make mistakes.
Implications for Nursing: The use of simulation prepares nurses to manage patients in a safe, confidence-building, and competent approach.
Richey, Martha, "Cultivating Self-Confidence: Integrating Simulation into Hospital Nursing Orientation" (2019). Doctor of Nursing Practice Projects. 16.