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NLN Expands Focus on Innovation in Education Excellence

By: Susan Gross Forneris, Director, Center for Innovation in Education Excellence The NLN is excited to announce a change in focus for the Center for Innovation in Simulation and Technology. Representing a new paradigm for the role of the nurse educator, along with a challenge to deliver innovation in education excellence, the Center has been restructured with a new mission

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Patient-Centered Simulations: How My Daughter Taught Me About the Power of Simulation for Educating Patients

By: Alaina Herrington By now we have all heard about the benefits simulation education has on our learners (Issenberg, Mcgaghie, Petrusa, Gordon, & Scalese, 2005). However, simulation is not just a tool for our students and staff members. It is a tool that can help patients and families learn about upcoming procedures and how to provide care outside the hospital.

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Systems Management. Part 4 of the 7-Part Series Dissecting the Sim Ops Standard

By: Tonya Schneidereith and Crystel L. Farina Previously in this series we helped you think about simulation readiness, the importance of strategic planning, and different ways to conceptualize staffing models. Now in Part 4, we identify the importance of systems to manage space, equipment, and personnel resources. Criterion 3 of the INACSL Standard of Best Practice: SimulationSM: Operations is: “Use

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The Evaluation of Educators Who Teach Simulation Pedagogy: Part 3 of a 4-Part Series

By: Beth Hallmark Faculty, clinical and laboratory, in the school of nursing at our university are expected to participate in simulation and debriefing training. While faculty facilitate simulation with human patient simulators, that is not the only educational environment where they use the tenants of simulation education. The NLN has published an important Vision Statement in collaboration with INACSL, “Debriefing

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Connecting Simulation & Patient Safety: Part II

By: Allison F. Perry When I first became involved in simulation through the development of the Patient Safety Congress Learning & Simulation Center, which I described in Part I of this two-part series, the direct connection with, and strong purpose for, collaboration between safety and quality departments in health care organizations were quite obvious to me. I found myself embedded

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Strategic Planning. Part 2 of the 7-Part Series Dissecting the Sim Ops Standard

By: Tonya Schneidereith and Fara Bowler In Part 1 of this series, we talked about how to determine if your program is ready for simulation. Now, in Part 2, we highlight the role of strategic planning. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, strategic planning is “a process in which a company’s executives decide what they want to achieve and the best

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Are You Ready for Simulation? Part 1 of the 7-Part Series Dissecting the Sim Ops Standard

By: Tonya Schneidereith, Colette Foisy-Doll, and Kim Leighton When simulation was shown to be an effective substitute for clinical experiences when certain criteria are met (Alexander et al., 2015; Hayden, Smiley, Alexander, Kardong-Edgren, & Jeffries, 2014), the news was so exciting that administrators, faculty, and staff jumped into simulation without thinking through the details necessary to ensure a successful program.

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