Date of Graduation

Summer 8-2018

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Carlee Balzaretti

Second Advisor

Jo Loomis


The purpose of this project is to enhance the clinical nurse leader (CNL) nursing students’ learning experiences through simulation education, ensure that their learning outcomes meet course objectives, and increase students’ recognition of educational best practices in simulation.

This summer semester, the number of students in the obstetric course doubled and the course was changed from four scenarios held over two simulation days for four pre-licensure students each class to five simulation days with eight to ten students in attendance each class period. While the old student-to-instructor ratio was three to four to one, the new ratio is nine to ten to one. In order to maintain the same quality of participation in the simulation, Dr. Loomis, the instructor of the simulation, would like to start this pilot of increasing the number of scenarios, which allows every student to play active roles in each scenario.

My role in this pilot is to utilize my expertise in maternity to assist Dr. Loomis in creating more scenarios, researching evidence-based practice to support the rationale in the scenarios, and to standardize the cases into an applicable template so that Dr. Loomis can continue to use these scenarios every semester going forward. Other instructors can replicate this pilot, which has three scenarios running in three rooms at the same time.