Featured Article| Volume 19, ISSUE 5, 104523, May 2023

Beat The Clock! Implementation and Evaluation of an Escape Room

Published:February 02, 2023DOI:


      • Nurse practitioner students need exposure to high-acuity, low-frequency diseases.
      • Escape rooms are an established educational tool to actively engage learners.
      • An acute care escape room activity challenged students' knowledge and skills.


      Nurse practitioner students may complete clinical rotations without exposure to many high-acuity, low-frequency disease states. Students must readily recognize and apply their diagnostic and critical thinking skills to these low-frequency clinical conditions. This report describes the impact of an escape room activity on the knowledge acquisition and perceptions of adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner students. Postactivity assessment surveys were overwhelmingly positive, confirming student perceptions of the escape room as a collaborative learning tool that identified their knowledge gaps. All student teams successfully escaped the room, and a postactivity knowledge assessment confirmed the student's knowledge of the escape room content.


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      All authors are at the Creighton University College of Nursing, Omaha, NE. Lindsay Iverson, DNP, ACNP, CHSE, is an associate professor and can be contacted at [email protected],


      Theresa Jizba, DNP, AGACNP, ACHPN, is an assistant professor, and Lucas Manning, MSN, RN, CHSE, is a simulation coordinator.