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Simulation Innovation to Redesign the Baccalaureate Curriculum to Address Population Health

Mauro, Ann Marie P., PhD, RN, CNL, CNE, FAAN; Tracey, Debora L., DNP, RN, CNE; LoGrippo, Maria Torchia, PhD, RN; Anderson, Sharon, DNP, RN, NNP-BC, APNG; Bravo, Angelica, MPH, MSW; Byrne, Claire, MSN, RN, NE-BC; Geissler, Bonnie, MS, RN; Escallier, Lori A., PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, FAAN

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000494
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Prelicensure nursing curricula need to be redesigned to integrate and achieve key population health competencies. Nursing students in generic and second-degree programs had improved learning outcomes and significant increases in population health competencies across the curriculum using simulation-based learning activities developed through an academic-practice partnership. Simulation is an effective, interactive strategy that enhances student knowledge, skills, and competencies in addressing population health.

Author Affiliations: Assistant Dean, Professor, and Founding Director, Center for Educational Research and Innovation (Dr Mauro), Assistant Professor and Director, Center for Clinical Learning (Dr Tracey), Assistant Professor and Director, RN to BS in Nursing Program (Dr LoGrippo), Interim Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor, Advanced Nursing Practice Division (Dr Anderson), Research Assistant (Ms Bravo), Research Assistant, and Per-Diem Clinical Instructor (Ms Byrne), School of Nursing, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark; Interim Chief Nursing Officer, Clara Maas Medical Center, and Vice President, Perioperative and Emergency Services (Ms Geissler), RWJ Barnabas Health, West Orange, New Jersey; Dean and Professor (Dr Escallier), SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Nursing, Brooklyn, New York.

Funding was provided by the New Jersey Nursing Initiative, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with assistance and support provided by New Jersey Hospital Association/Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey.

A.M.P.M. is adjunct clinical professor at New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing, a Board of Governors member for the National League for Nursing, and Development Committee member for the Cardiovascular Stroke Nursing Council of the American Heart Association and Eastern Nursing Research Society. L.A.E. is an evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and Accreditation Review Committee member for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The remaining authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Mauro, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Nursing, 65 Bergen St, Room 1123A, Newark, NJ 07107 (

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Accepted for publication: November 2, 2017

Published ahead of print: December 27, 2017

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