Ann L. Mason

Date of Award


Document Type

Independent Study

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Today's health care environment is changing quickly with advancement in teclmology and complexity of patient care management. As a result, many universities and health care facilities are integrating the use of high fidelity simulation into their curriculum to increase patient safety with the evidence of 35 years of success from other disciplines such as the military and aviation. Evidence of positive outcomes with use of high fidelity simulation is emerging and includes improved interdisciplinary interaction, enhanced critical thinking, self efficacy and overall increased patient safety in a nonthreatening enviro1m1ent. These findings are innovative and should be disseminated to nurse practitioners and educators so that the integration of high fidelity simulation into graduate nurse practitioner curricula and continuing education programs can translate to positive patient safety outcomes.