COVID-19: Essentials of Simulation Evaluation

By: Sabrina Beroz The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly altered nursing education, necessitating the move to online delivery for all levels of programs. Didactic and clinical experiences have shifted to virtual platforms. Simulation experiences, synchronous and asynchronous, have taken the place of clinical hours when students cannot attend clinical at hospital sites. Many state boards of nursing have waived regulation limits

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Debriefing and Coaching: What’s the Connection?

By: Mary Cato, EdD, RN It has been five years since the NLN, in collaboration with INACSL (the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning), published Debriefing Across the Curriculum. While it is accepted that debriefing in simulation has an impact on learning and is, in fact, the most important aspect of the simulation experience, this Vision Statement challenges

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ACE.D in the Age of the Covid-19 Pandemic

By: Suzanne C. Smeltzer, Bette Mariani, and Colleen H. Meakim The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed 30 years ago, in 1990. This landmark legislation followed many years of hard work and effort by disability advocates and the disability community to improve the access of those with disability to services readily available to others: employment, transportation, public accommodations, education,

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EHRs and Consumer Engagement: Part 1

By: Sabrina Beroz The motivation for this three-part series on electronic health record (EHR) engagement arose from a personal experience at the motor vehicle administration. After waiting for hours to acquire Real ID status, I finally arrived at the counter where the employee took my documents, scanned them into the computer, and handed back my updated driver’s license – all

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Simulation Resources for NP Education

By: Mary Beth Bigley, Jaclyn Conelius, and Tonya Schneidereith The Report of the National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education recommends the use of simulation to augment Nurse Practitioner (NP) clinical learning experiences, particularly to address high-risk, low-frequency incidents. This report clearly expresses that simulation experiences may only be counted as clinical hours over and above the required, minimum

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Fighting Burnout From Utilizing the Electronic Health Record

By: Angela Hollingsworth Are you tired of hearing the phrase, “If you didn’t document it, you didn’t do it”?  Many health care organizations require bedside charting, which is supposed to give the nurse more time at the bedside ––not only to improve documentation, but to improve quality of care as well (Habibi-Koolaee et al, 2015). However, are you really spending

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Factors Influencing the Use of Simulation in Nursing Programs

By: Gail Auten, Jane Gannon, and Tammy Schwaab The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) published eight standards to guide educators to appropriately integrate simulation into curricula (INACSL, 2016). The “Simulation Design” standard addresses steps needed to optimize the achievement of expected outcomes associated with simulation integration. However, a specific decision-making process to identify when simulation would

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Diversity, Psychological Safety, and Cultural Humility

By: Sabrina Beroz One of the four core values of the National League for Nursing (NLN) is diversity, a key element of the modern landscape across work, social, and educational systems. As understood by the NLN, the term encompasses diversity of thought, people, race/ethnicities, and values. The power of diversity, and our response to others who are different, can profoundly

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How the COVID-19 [Coronavirus] Underscores Why Nursing Education Should Be Offering Tele-Learning and Tele-Health Experiences

By Elizabeth Speakman   As the US braces for the expansion of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), schools and many organizations are altering their traditional delivery methods and using technology-based platforms. Institutions, including those with nursing programs, have been conducting emergency sessions and professional development series to help faculty/employees convert traditional modalities into technology modalities. The question is: Should nursing education have been better prepared? Have traditional teaching techniques, especially in prelicensure education, caused us to be outdated?   The fact that care delivery today, and certainly in

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Are We Missing Out on Beneficial Learning Applications? Mobile Apps Used by Consumers That Should be Used by Nursing Education

By: Donna Guerra “There’s an app for that!” More than ever before, mobile applications are powerful tools mainstreamed into the daily life of consumers. The most recent statistics indicate that 2.9 million mobile applications are available for android in the Google Play Store (Clement, 2020), with 1.8 million applications available for iOS in the Apple App Store (Costello, 2020). From

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