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A Capstone Simulation for Leadership Development

Bridging Theory to Practice

Strickland, Haley P., EdD, RN; Welch, Teresa D., EdD, RN, NEA-BC

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000553
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Background New graduate nurses are expected to function autonomously and be practice-ready upon graduation. However, transitioning from the role of student to one of leadership in the professional nurse's role is a complex experience.

Problem Concerns for safety and liability in an increasingly complex health care environment may limit the availability of relevant clinical experiences for nursing students to develop leadership skills.

Approach The Mock Hospital, a comprehensive capstone simulation, was designed to immerse senior nursing students into the leadership role of the professional nurse.

Outcome Positive feedback obtained from students through reflection and discussion supports the implementation of a capstone simulation.

Conclusions Supporting new graduate nurses' transition into practice, while preparing the next generation of nurses to successfully meet the challenges of a complex health care environment, will require innovative and transformative educational experiences.

Author Affiliations: Assistant Professor (Dr Strickland) and Assistant Professor (Dr Welch), The Capstone College of Nursing, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Strickland, Capstone College of Nursing, University of Alabama, Box 870358, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0358 (

Accepted for publication: April 8, 2018

Published ahead of print: June 14, 2018

Cite this article as: Strickland HP, Welch TD. A capstone simulation for leadership development: bridging theory to practice. Nurse Educ. 2019;44(2):84-87. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000553

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