The Power of Simulation

After three years of research, the NCSBN National Simulation Study found that education quality remains consistent when digital simulation replaces up to 50% of traditional clinical experience.

These findings help nursing schools develop more complete, flexible, and cost-effective simulation programs by validating the addition of digital simulation to their current efforts.

Florida Leads the Way

Florida Encourages Simulation and Innovation in Clinical Education

New legislation out of Florida allows nursing students to perform half of their clinical training through simulation. Will other states follow suit?

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2014 Real Life User Survey

In 2014, we surveyed 250 student users of ATI Real Life Clinical Reasoning to study the impact of Real Life on key learning competencies. Real Life not only improved their clinical performance as students, but these improvements continued through to their employment as newly licensed nurses.

Testimonials & Case Studies

  • Carol Houston
    Director, School of Nursing
    California State University, Chico

    One of the things that I like most about Real Life is the students have the opportunity to be accountable for the decisions that they've made.

  • Lisa Young, MSN, RN, CNS
    Professional Instructor
    Ashland University College of Nursing and Health Sciences

    “One of the benefits of Real Life is consistency with our students’ exam results. If a student does poorly in a certain clinical area on an exam, this also shows up in his or her Real Life clinical reasoning. Walking through the scenarios and seeing the consequences of their decisions helps them understand how they should have been thinking to get an optimum patient outcome. It lets them see how what they‘re doing academicaly corresponds with their critical thinking when caring for patients.”

  • Debbie Ellison, MSN, RN
    Associate Professor
    Austin Peay State University School of Nursing

    “Real Life gives us ways to think about clinical decision making in a safe environment. Students see what they do has a direct result on patient care and how the decisions they make improve or don’t improve care. When they choose an incorrect answer, they learn from their mistakes.”

  • Angela Koller
    Dean of Nursing
    Ivy Tech Community College Nursing Program

    “In the past, we have had clinical evaluation tools that were partly subjective, based on the different situation and individual instructors. One of the benefits of Real Life is the ability to clearly evaluate individual students. We can see any clinical weakness pretty quickly, and we have a good understanding of where each student is.”

  • Lynn Leblanc, MSN, RN
    Clinical Simulations Laboratory Coordinator/Faculty
    University of Dubuque Nursing Program

    “There’s tremendous value in Real Life’s debriefing process. Our students are very engaged — discussing, collaborating and leaning from each other as they walk through clinical scenarios. They learn the difference between a ’good‘ answer and the ’best‘ answer, and why.”