Wesley College faculty members Denise Morris and Nancy Rubino presented a concurrent session regarding their academic research at the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Conference on July 12-4 in Atlanta.

The conference theme for 2018 was “Quality Education through Accreditation.”

The pair researched for three years, conducting a longitudinal study on the use of virtual simulation in graduate nursing education. The study, “The Pedagogical use of Virtual Simulation for Competency Acquisition in Graduate Clinical Nurse Specialist Programs,” explored the use of virtual simulation for the development of advanced practice skills, knowledge and attitudes for clinical nurse specialists. The impact of this training on the development of advanced practice competencies and strategies to integrate technology in advanced practice education was presented during the session.

Due to the lack of research in this area, the findings of this study are instrumental to graduate nursing education’s transformation.

Travel to the conference was supported by The Delaware IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence grant.