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Successful Simulation in Nursing

Tailored to Address the Needs of Your Nursing Program

Teaching nursing using simulation has been proven to be as effective as traditional clinical methods when faculty have the needed skills and resources. Successful Simulation in Nursing, developed by the National League for Nursing and Laerdal Medical, helps schools and programs successfully implement highly effective simulation training for nursing students.

Along with  NLN and Laerdal expertise, the program incorporates the INACSL Standards of Best Practice: SimulationSM , the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) Standards, and the guidelines produced by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) in its landmark simulation study.

Building a Successful Simulation Program That's Sustainable

What makes a simulation program successful and sustainable long-term? The industry has put forth a combination of research, publications, industry standards and best practices, that when implemented well, work towards simulation success. The first step is to assess your program needs and define a strategic direction.

Begin your journey to sustainable simulation with a Needs Assessment and Strategic Planning Workshop to assess the current state of your program, identify needs, and provide strategic direction to meet your goal. An assessment provides the opportunity to collect and analyze information and data, as well as explore and understand the needs and existing resources in your nursing program. Our understanding of the industry and inner workings of simulation learning methodology and solutions will ensure that the technology you have or need works in harmony with your nursing program’s simulation goals.


Faculty Development in Simulation Teaching and Learning Strategies

The Simulation Education Workshops from the National League for Nursing and Laerdal Medical are blended learning workshops, focused on providing faculty development in simulation teaching and learning strategies when and where it’s needed most – at your location and your convenience. We bring a qualified staff of NLN Simulation Nurse Educators and industry specialists with an expertise for improving nursing education outcomes, and pair them with your team. The Simulation Education Workshops offer Continuing Education Units (CEs) using active learning strategies that immerse faculty in simulation pedagogy. Faculty will engage in learning opportunities that address simulation foundations, curriculum integration, debriefing, and evaluation in simulation.

The workshops feature innovative simulation methodology, including:

  • On-line modules from the NLN Simulation Innovation Resource Center (SIRC)
  • Full-scale simulation scenarios and virtual simulations linked to learning objectives
  • Demonstration of a well-run and expertly debriefed simulation grounded in critical theory
  • On-site small group sessions conducted by NLN Simulation Nurse Educators


Every Nursing Program Is Unique; Learn How to Optimize Yours

Pre-recorded webinar June 2017, by Susan Gross Forneris PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE-A

This one-hour webinar explored how nurse educators can maximize the use of simulation to accelerate nursing education. During this webinar we discussed how to think differently about simulation programs, reviewed skills needed to align industry best practice with your nursing programs, and identified the gaps. 

Webinar Question and Answer Session 

  • What are some different options for providing simulation training for faculty?

  • Do all faculty need to be trained in simulation and debriefing and how can I conduct simulations when not everyone has been formally trained?

  • What resources are available for simulation funding or for updating a simulation lab?

  • Do you have suggestions for someone just starting in research related to simulation?

  • What tools are available to help evaluate students during a simulation experience?

  • Are there any group discussions or forums that are for simulation educators?

  • Are there simulation certification programs available for educators?

  • How much pre-simulation time should we design to prepare learners for the simulation?

  • Should the learning objectives be revealed to the student before beginning a simulation?

  • Are there any guidelines around staffing for simulation and faculty roles in simulation?

  • What is the best way to determine what level of fidelity and which equipment are needed for different simulations?

  • How many students are recommended for each simulation experience?

  • Should there be some form of simulation in every course?

  • What is vSim?

  • How might simulation be used in supporting newly graduated entrance to practice RNs transition to first acute care job?

  • Is reflective writing after a simulation experience appropriate for evaluation?

  • What is a good resource for high quality simulation scenarios?

  • Is there a resource for integrating technology to program lung or heart sounds when using standardized patients in simulation?

  • Should facilitators video tape all simulations in order to have high quality debriefing sessions?

  • What was the exact research question of the NCBSN study?

  • Is the NCSBN considering integrating simulation into the RN license examination?

  • Will accreditation of simulation centers be required by the State Boards following the NCSBN study?