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This article has been peer reviewed. It was published in Nursing Economic$ Volume 33, Issue 3, May-June 2015, Pages 167-181.

Copyright © Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc.


Executive Summary

The delivery of health care is quickly changing from an acute care to a community-based setting.

Faculty development and mastery in the use of new technologies, such as high-definition simulation and virtual communities are crucial for effective student learning outcomes.

Students' benefit include opportunities for hands-on experience in various patient care scenarios, real-time faculty feedback regarding their critical reasoning and clinical performance, interdisciplinary collaboration, and access to a nonthreatening learning environment.

The results of this study provide some evidence of the benefits of developing faculty and nursing curricula that addresses the shift from an illness-based, acute hospital model, to a community and population health-based preventive model.