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Moving from Disease-Based to Concept-Based Simulations

By: Alaina Herrington and Tonya Schneidereith How does one define curricular integration of simulation? The number of answers to this question will most likely equal the number of people asked…especially since there are countless ways for nursing programs to integrate simulation throughout the nursing curriculum. In 2015, a small group of our NLN Simulation Leader cohort found there was no

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Simulation Center Finances: Calculating Fees and Costs

By: Alaina Herrington Freestanding simulation centers total an estimated $200,000 to $1.6 million for start-up costs and at least $15,000 for annual maintenance (Tuoriniemi & Schott-Baer, 2008). This enormous cost can leave organizations looking for creative ways to balance the budget. If you are like me, you have had many organizations interested in using your simulation center, and you have

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QR Codes and Augmented Reality: What Are They and How Can I Use Them in the Nursing Classroom?

By: Alaina Herrington and Cedar Wang Smartphones have become an unavoidable extension of our educational toolkit. We snap photos of everything. So how do we embrace the usefulness of this emerging technology and capture the attention of the digital natives in our classrooms and simulation labs? The use of QR (quick response) codes and augmented reality applications provides a new

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Everything you need to know about technology, students are now learning in grade school

By: Jone Tiffany Technology touches every part of our lives, our communities, and our homes. Yet much of higher education lags behind when it comes to integrating technology into learning activities. Many colleges and universities are just beginning to explore its true potential for teaching and learning. Correctly used, technology can help nursing students acquire the skills needed to survive

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Virtual Simulation and Electronic Medical Records: Can We Work Smarter, Not Harder? Lessons Learned

By: Beth Hallmark The IOM has challenged health care to examine systems and human factors that impact the safety and well-being of our patients. Informatics is one way nurses and caregivers can work together more effectively to bridge gaps in communication and achieve better patient outcomes. Nursing education organizations, including the NLN and ANA, and initiatives such as TIGER and

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INTERPROFESSIONAL EDUCATION AND PRACTICE: THE BROAD HORIZON

By: Melanie Cason, PhD, RN, CNE Advances in technology, for example, simulation and virtual platforms, increase opportunities for interprofessional education (IPE). However, both academic and practice environments continue to struggle with implementation on a large scale. While the Institute of Medicine (IOM) promotes increased collaboration among disciplines, the practicality of implementation remains daunting. We have the TeamSTEPPS program, available at

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