In 2013, a CASN task force was struck in response to calls from nursing organizations and educators to examine issues related to securing placements for students and the role of simulation in nursing education. Members were drawn from jurisdictions across the country and included nursing experts in clinical education and/or simulation, representatives of stakeholder groups, and both anglophones and francophones. Its mandate was to develop national, consensus-based guidelines for practice learning in baccalaureate education.
The task force identified the following objectives in order to fulfil its mandate:
1. Identify the outcome expectations to be achieved through practice learning;
2. Examine practice learning through clinical placements and through simulation in relation to outcome expectations;
3. Formulate principles for practice learning and specify guidelines for clinical placements and simulation.