The Maryland Clinical Simulation Resource Consortium (MCSRC) was funded to increase the quality and quantity of simulation used in nursing education.
Schools of nursing are substituting simulation for clinical experience without requisite knowledge of simulation pedagogy.
The MCSRC developed a statewide curriculum model for a 3-day train-the-trainer program framed in theory and grounded in evidence. The program teaches nurse educators across 3 levels: novice, competent, and expert.
The evaluation plan was developed using Kirkpatrick's 4 levels to measure outcomes of the program. Self-confidence, satisfaction, knowledge, and behavioral changes have been realized. Nurse educators are now using theory, standards, and guidelines when conducting simulation-based experiences.
The curriculum model has proved effective in increasing the quality and quantity of simulation used in educating Maryland's nurses. To date, 154 nurse educators have participated in the train-the-trainer program.