Poster Session

Benner’s Theory of Novice to Expert: Explicating the Effectiveness of Virtual Clinical Simulation Education In Enhancing the Competence of Undergraduate Nursing Students

Benner’s Theory of Novice to Expert has yet to be used in application to Virtual Reality Clinical Education. Little evidence is available that discusses the benefits of Virtual Clinical Education to undergraduate students. This presentation will describe the benefits of Virtual Clinical Education through the application of Benner’s Novice to Expert theory in relating how theoretically such a learning activity may enhance the clinical performance and level of skill acquisition of undergraduate nursing students.


Tamara Brown
Georgian Court University

Tamara Brown graduated in 2009 from the College of New Jersey at began working as a Registered Nurse on a busy telemetry-monitored medical-surgical unit at Jersey Shore University Medical Center of Neptune, New Jersey. During that time she was promoted to charge nurse and precepted several nursing students of various levels from several community colleges. She also served as a tutor for Georgian Court University. In 2012, she graduated from Thomas Edison State College with a Master’s of Science of Nursing and specialization in Nursing Education. Since the Fall of 2012 and Spring of 2013, she had served as a clinical adjunct nursing instructor for Georgian Court University, Rutgers, and New Jersey City University Schools of Nursing. In May of 2013, she was promoted to become a Clinical Nurse Educator at Meridian Health’s Ocean Medical Center where she served a geriatric-focused ACE unit, float pool staff, and a busy post-operative telemetry-monitored unit. She managed over 170 employees during that time. She has her certification through the ANCC as a Medical Surgical and Gerontological specialized nurse. She also is a Certified Nurse Educator through the National League of Nursing and a certified Progressive Critical Care Nurse through the AACN. Currently, she is in her second year as a doctoral candidate at NOVA Southeastern University where she is in pursuit of her PhD in Nursing Education and works as a faculty member at Georgian Court University’s School of Nursing. Her research interests are nursing student test-taking strategies, patient and family nursing faculty, conceptually based nursing currciculum, and the use of virtual clinical environments in the education of student nurses. She has served as a correspondent to the Asbury Park Press, a New Jersey paper, over a year.