Best Practices for Integrating High-Fidelity Simulation into Novice APRN Onboarding

Author(s): Abbye Solis, Valerie Elliott, Julie King

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires Oct 15, 2026

Topics: Education, Technology

Role: APRN

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

We present the literature on best practices for integrating simulation into an onboarding and, ultimately, a competency assessment program for novice APRNs. We discuss the importance of objectives/goals for both onboarding and assessment. Foundational individual learning needs-assessments are explained. We discuss tactics for evaluating clinical decision-making and examples of validated assessment tools. Finally, we illustrate debriefing strategies to promote clinical growth.


  • Review literature on high-fidelity simulation specific to onboarding and competency evaluation.
  • Identify key components used and institutional resources required to develop/implement a comprehensive simulation program for novice APRNs.
  • Summarize how the practice of rapid cycle deliberate practice during simulation can evaluate the competency level of novice APRNs.

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