Date of Graduation

Spring 5-17-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


School of Nursing and Health Professions




Executive Leader DNP

First Advisor

Dr. KT Waxman

Second Advisor

Dr. Juli Maxworthy



In today’s ever-changing, do more with less environment, nurses and clinicians must be thought of as adult learners who are self-motivated with a need to know and master the technology they are using. In busy hospital and clinical environments, training nurses and clinicians in the traditional classroom setting can be both difficult and costly. On-line simulation training provides access to all staff to gain hands on end-user experience before new equipment is implemented. As hospitals look to embrace new technologies in this complex healthcare environment, assuring staff training is a required part of the vendor selection process and incorporated into the purchase of complex technology is key in assuring end-user understanding. The purpose of this project is to understand how nurses and clinicians learn and align the training efforts provided for use of new complex technology to assure end-user satisfaction. This project is one part of a larger University offering.

Recent studies found in the publication Clinical Simulation in Nursing (Darragh et al., 2016; Zullosky, White, Price, & Pretz, 2016) suggest that simulation-based training is helpful in the mastery of complex clinical concepts. On-line simulation training provides access to all clinical end-users, so they can begin to understand and master complex medical equipment in advance of hands on clinical end-user training before the equipment arrives. Medical devices have become more interconnected and complex. The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) suggests that current training is based on past practices and has not evolved. This causes concern as the clinicians’ focus is on the patient, coupled with the understanding that technology is overwhelming and learning all facets of a device is not possible (AAMI, 2016).

Included in

Nursing Commons