An Analysis of Simulation Resources, Needs, and Plans in Florida

Mary Lou Sole*, Mary Elizabeth Betsy Guimond, Christina Amidei

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Background: An assessment of statewide resources related to simulation equipment, use, and plans was conducted to identify resources and needs. Methods: Administrators of nursing programs and hospitals were contacted to participate in the online statewide survey of simulation resources. Results: Nursing programs substituted an average of 5.1% of clinical hours with simulation experiences. Schools owned more equipment than hospitals did, including twice as many high-fidelity simulators. Schools were more likely than hospitals were to have space designated for simulation and to hire simulation coordinators. Funding and sustainability of simulation were cited as major concerns by the majority of respondents. Conclusions: Application and availability of simulation resources vary. Schools of nursing had more equipment and personnel resources than hospitals did. Sustainable funding for simulation was important to all end users. Opportunities for partnerships and research were identified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e265-e271
JournalClinical Simulation in Nursing
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2013


  • Florida
  • Needs assessment
  • Resources
  • Simulation
  • Statewide evaluation
  • Workforce and nursing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Education
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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