Henry Henao – NLN Simulation Educator

1. What are the significant milestones in your work as an NLN Simulation Educator? (If you have a new program or feature in the work that you do, share it here)

Since completing the NLN Sim Leaders (inaugural class of 2010), I was fortunate to serve as a site team leader at one of the 10 sites of the NCSBN National Simulation Study. The experience of that study has propelled our team to understand what it means to form a dedicated simulation team grounded in theory-based simulation and debriefing methods; a principal recommendation of the NCSBN report.

I have most recently enjoyed spending time working with organizations from Latin America on establishing simulation programs in nursing and medical schools. I am grateful for the opportunity to share with colleagues internationally. Our body of knowledge today, compared to what it was 10 years ago, is astonishing. There is so much enthusiasm by faculty and administrators alike, they want to get it right the first time and I help them avoid some of those pitfalls.

2. What do you see as significant trends or gaps in simulation and technology in nursing education, from your perspective as an expert in these areas? 

The growth related to increased use of simulation has created an opportunity for skills in simulation center administration. Managing the resources of a successful center should not be an afterthought. A single faculty champion is no longer enough to sustain a high-quantity and high-quality simulation program.

When you combine knowledge created from research, certification & accreditation standards, and the experience of so many people, you have a very broad and deep base of knowledge. Organizations that want to engage learners in simulation have a much clearer path today when compared to 10 years ago.

Technology is unfolding so fast now that innovators in simulation are shifting their thinking; from looking for ways to apply a new widget into the sim environment; to creating widgets to meet our learners needs in simulation.

3. What insights can you share related to the value of simulation and technology in nursing education for health care organizations now and in the future?

It is a grand time to be in the field. There is enough experience out there where growth in quality of education using simulation and technology is more possible than ever before. Sim educators are beginning to ask tough questions about both educational approaches and the physical tools that are being employed. As a result of understanding the essence of why we do, value of simulation increased.

4. What advice do you have for simulation educators in the context of today’s health care and learning environments?

Go beyond the mechanics of scenario implementation. Understand that the needs of learners and thoughtful consideration should be incorporated into every aspect of the simulation experience.

Check out this video of me spending some quality time educating the Secretary about simulation! http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/

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Henry Henao
MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, CHSE
Director & Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
Simulation Teaching and Research (STAR) Center
Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences

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