Consolidation and regionalization in pediatric acute care hospitals have limited clinical opportunities for prelicensure nursing students. The use of schools as primary learning sites offers an opportunity for a combined pediatric and public health clinical experience for nursing students. The purpose of the study was to compare pediatric knowledge and clinical simulation performance between hospital- and community-based pediatric clinical experiences. Study results indicated no difference between groups based on knowledge or simulation scores.
Author Affiliations: Assistant Professor (Dr Pohl); Director (Ms Jarvill), Nursing Simulation Lab; Professor (Dr Akman); and Student (Ms Clark), Mennonite College of Nursing, Illinois State University, Normal.
America’s Promise School Project is funded by a grant from State Farm Companies.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
Correspondence: Dr Pohl, Campus Box 5810, Normal, IL 61790 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Accepted for publication: July 5, 2016
Published ahead of print: August 16, 2016