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8th Edition of Nursing World Conference

October 17-19, 2024 | Baltimore, USA

October 17 -19, 2024 | Baltimore, USA
NWC 2018

A role-playing simulation strategy to develop prioritization, delegation, and time management skills

Speaker at Nursing Conference - Susan D Dowell
Ohio University Zanesville, United States
Title : A role-playing simulation strategy to develop prioritization, delegation, and time management skills


The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) conducts a practice analysis of newly licensed registered nurses (RNs) every 3 years to assure validity of the content distribution on the National Council Licensure Examination for RNs (NCLEX-RN) test plan.  The 2011 NCSBN Practice Analysis ranks organizing workload to manage time effectively as one of the most frequently performed activity of new graduates. The 2014 Practice Analyses reported an increase in time spent on management of care activities; 2011 Analysis reported 5.68 hours (18%) (NCSBN, 2012) and 2014 reported 5.72 hours (18%) (NCSBN, 2015).

To prepare graduate nurses in these essential activities, nurse educators must develop innovative teaching strategies that focus on the development of clinical reasoning. Simulation has proven to be a successful strategy in the development of these skills. A role-playing simulation was developed for an undergraduate nursing program that went beyond hands-on nursing skills to focus on the promotion of time management, prioritization, and delegation.

After implementing the role-playing simulation strategy, a study was conducted that explored learners’ and faculty’s perceptions of its success.  A descriptive design was used with a convenience sample of associate degree nursing students.  The discussion will involve an explanation of the development and implementation of the role-playing simulation as a teaching strategy, the strengths of the strategy, and how the study results demonstrated that this simulation experience was a cost-effective and positive approach to promoting prioritization, delegation, and time management abilities.


Susan Dowell, MSN, MBA, RNC is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Ohio University Zanesville. She received her BSN in nursing from Ohio University, her MSN in Nurse Education also from Ohio University, holds an MBA from the University of Findlay, and is currently a DNP student with Ohio University. In addition to her classroom experience, Susan has experience as simulation specialist, remediation specialist and clinical Instructor. She brings 30 years of nursing experience to her teaching and remains active as an obstetrical staff nurse and holds a specialty certification in In-Patient Obstetrical Nursing (RNC). Susan is a member of Sigma Theta Tau; International Nurses Association; Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN); Ohio League of Nursing, National League of Nursing; and Ohio Consortium of Nursing Learning Labs.