Many of those conducting simulation often focus on team-based skills to improve patient safety and the quality of care. Although these skills are important, members of the team must each first be competent in the skills required of their profession and continually reach out for opportunities to improve on or refresh their clinical skills. Deliberate practice is a concept that is not currently found in the nursing lexicon. However, it offers a path to skill improvement and expertise within the profession. This article (a) describes the components of deliberate practice, (b) suggests ways that simulation may be used to implement it within simulated clinical settings, and (c) suggests factors that educators need to be aware of when setting the stage for deliberate practice.

KeyWords: deliberate practice, nurse education, psychomotor skills, simulation