Prairie View A&M University Studies How Virtual Simulation Affects BSN Students’ Skills, Care, and Confidence

Six organizations received the 2021 Sentinel U® Nursing Simulation Research Grant (SUNSRG) to study how virtual simulation can improve nursing students’ learning outcomes. Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU), one of the grant recipients, used Sentinel U’s Prioritization of Care® Adult Medical/Surgical Care virtual clinical simulation to measure key indicators for patient care.


over 50% of Nursing learners showed an improvement in clinical decision-making and clinical judgment – even when using different outcome measures


With Sentinel U’s help, Prairie View A&M University conducted a descriptive comparative (N=87) study to see if using the Prioritization of Care® Adult Medical/Surgical Care virtual clinical simulation improves nursing students’ clinical decision-making skills, prioritization of care, and confidence. PVAMU used the reliable and valid Creighton Clinical Evaluation Instrument (CCE-I) to measure the impact of the simulation. Laura Gonzalez, PhD, APRN, CNE, CHSE- A, ANEF, FAA – Sentinel U’s Vice President of Healthcare Innovations – mentored the university on using the simulations and conducting the research.

2021-22 SUNSRG Outcomes: Prairie View A&M University

Study Design: Descriptive Comparative (N=87)

Product: Sentinel U® Prioritization of Care® – Advanced Medical/Surgical Care

Question: The purpose of this study is to determine if the use of Sentinel U® virtual clinical simulation increases clinical decision-making skills, improves prioritization of care, and builds confidence as measured by CCE-I

Findings: Self-Report – Over 50% of participants either agreed or strongly agreed they were confident that the simulation covered the critical content necessary for mastery and helped to develop the necessary skills to perform

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Prioritization of Care® Adult Medical/Surgical Care

Most interestingly, PVAMU nursing students used two separate studies and two separate instruments. In each instance learners used this virtual simulation, they showed an improvement in clinical judgment even when using different outcome measures.

Sentinel U® Nursing Simulation Research Grant (SUNSRG)

Learn more about the Sentinel U® Nursing Simulation Research Grant (SUNSRG), view past winners, and apply for the next in-kind grant for virtual nursing simulations in 2024.

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