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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Kay Foland


This pilot study examined the use of a multiple patient simulation to determine if delegation and prioritization skills change in new graduate nurses who receive simulation as an intervention. This is a quasi-experimental pre-post test study consisting of a comparison group and a treatment group. The pre-post test was developed from two case studies. The case studies, as well as the pre-post tests were evaluated by two expert reviewers from education and one expert from practice. These experts reviewed questions for the pre-post test to provide accuracy. The Simulation Learning Transfer Tool was used for participants to evaluate the simulation exercise. The Mann-Whitney U Test was utilized to determine if there was a change between the comparison group and the treatment group. The results of the data were not statistically significant (p value-0.155). While the results did not show any significant improvement in delegation and prioritization skills in using multiple-patient simulation, more research is suggested.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Nursing -- Study and teaching -- Simulation methods
Simulated patients


Includes bibliographical references (page 47-53)



Number of Pages



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