Date of Award

Fall 10-18-2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

DNP Doctor of Nursing Practice




Mary Ellen Roberts, DNP

Committee Member

Mary Ellen Roberts, DNP

Committee Member

Mary Patricia Wall, PhD

Committee Member

Kathryn Sanok, MSN


cardiac arrest, mock code, simulation, novice nurses, new graduate nurses, transition to professional practice, nursing education, practice gap, theory-practice gap, resuscitation response, nurse training


New graduate nurses report critical hands-on skills are not taught in school and contribute to the increased stress they feel when managing a life-threatening patient condition (Bennett et al., 2017). In the United States, approximately 290,000 in-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually (Andersen et al., 2019). The current Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) curriculum at a large university in northern New Jersey does not include the implementation of a high-fidelity cardiac arrest simulation. This project was designed to enhance classroom didactic education of nursing care during an emergency cardiac arrest by exposing traditional senior-level BSN students to a high-fidelity cardiac arrest simulation conducted in a controlled environment. This type of simulation allows students to experience, understand, and practice the necessary nursing response while caring for a patient suffering a life-threatening emergency prior to becoming licensed nurses. This initiative will prepare them to respond promptly and with confidence as novice licensed registered nurses when faced with an emergency in the clinical practice setting.

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Nursing Commons