Date of Award

Summer 2019

Document Type

Final DNP Paper

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



Faculty Chair

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.

Included in

Nursing Commons



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