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Adapting Pediatric Clinical Experiences to a Changing Health Care Environment

Pohl, Carla DNP, APRN-CNM; Jarvill, Melissa MSN, RN; Akman, Olcay PhD; Clark, Sarah MSN, RN

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000315
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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 (

Accepted for publication: July 5, 2016

Published ahead of print: August 16, 2016

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