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Nurses-400x250Montgomery College received a $3 million, five-year award to develop a statewide consortium to build a sustainable increase in the quality and quantity of simulation used in nursing education throughout Maryland.

Learning through simulation has demonstrated that recent nursing graduates are even more prepared to practice in actual environments.

Traditional clinical experiences provide valuable opportunities but are somewhat limited due to patient safety concerns. With simulation, the student can make decisions as a nurse while learning in a safe environment and correct mistakes without impacting patient safety.

Montgomery College is taking the lead in promoting the use of simulation in nursing education by establishing the standards and guidelines to optimize the resources to provide real-world learning simulations.

Next month, the Montgomery College Nursing Department will hold a “train the trainers” session to increase the number of nursing professionals familiar with the benefits of simulation education and how to maximize its many benefits. The participants will receive in-depth education on simulation pedagogy.

According to US Bureau of Labor Statistics projections, by 2022, there will be more than one million jobs open for registered nurses. As the shortage becomes more evident due to the retirement of baby-boomers, new nurse graduates will be entering the workforce in greater numbers. Simulation is one way to increase readiness for practice.

In 2014, the median salary for a registered nurse was $66,640, with the best-paid registered nurses in the United States earning nearly $99,000.



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