Now there is.
Thank you, National Council of State Boards of Nursing for doing a "longitudinal, randomized, controlled study replacing clinical hours with simulation in prelincensure Nursing education." This National Simulation Study followed three groups of students: 1. A control group who was allowed 10% of clinical time in simulations 2. a group with 25% of simulation instead of clinical hours and 3. a group with 50% simulation time instead of clinical hours. After 4 years the results are in!
Drum roll please....
It turns out, there is no significant difference in pass rates for students who spent 50% of their clinical time in simulations. Even after the students' were settled in the workplace, they showed no difference in competency at six weeks, three months or six months.
So, let's hope this is put into policy soon and the burden of finding clinical locations is lessened. And don't forget -- if your students are spending all that time in simulations, they should definitely be using an EHR system to mimic a realistic workflow. Shoot us a quick email if you'd like to review ours (firstname.lastname@example.org).