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Welcome to the inaugural newsletter of the NLN Center for Innovation in Simulation and Technology. Technology Edge Quarterly (TEQ) will provide you with updates on our work and upcoming events.
In brief, the NLN’s simulation and technology center keeps nurse educators up-to-date on the latest innovations in simulation, e-learning, telehealth, and the integration of informatics into curricula. The center engages in resource development and collaborative partnerships to advance the faculty role with simulation and emerging technology.
The center specializes in faculty development to achieve best practices in the delivery of simulation and technology based teaching practices. These initiatives are changing the landscape of nursing education to be contextual, interactive, and reflective through its ongoing work to bring technology-based platforms and faculty development to nurse educators.
Please read on to learn about upcoming events, products, and services that address your professional development needs in today’s technology-rich teaching environment.
Susan Gross Forneris, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE-A
Excelsior Deputy Director
NLN Center for Innovation in Simulation and Technology
PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES |
The NLN Center for Innovation in Simulation and Technology and the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) are collaborating again to present the second annual Institute for Simulation Educators (ISE), a unique professional development opportunity for nursing education faculty.
The three-and-a-half day interactive forum at UMSON’s Debra L. Spunt Clinical Simulation Labs will offer a solid foundation in simulation education for beginning and seasoned nurse educators who are new to simulation. Featured presentations by noted leaders in simulation curricula and pedagogy will provide faculty members with the skills to use simulation to its full potential, with an emphasis on student learning. Participants will leave with the essential knowledge to improve simulation and debriefing techniques and key strategies to build a robust simulation program in nursing programs.
Leadership Development for Simulation
A Program of the NLN Leadership Institute
During this year-long program, participants examine issues related to research in simulation, curricular integration, the role of simulation in interprofessional education, and managing and directing simulation activities within a school of nursing or a service setting. With the lens on leadership, the program emphasizes leadership development to advance simulation initiatives in nursing education and practice. Programming fosters individual growth, interpersonal interactions within the group, and networking with previous cohorts to build on and develop new simulation initiatives. Leadership Development for Simulation Educators includes an on-site retreat, video conference calls, webinars, and forum discussions throughout the year.
THE TEQ FOCUS |
J. Cedar Wang, APN, CHSE
Director of Simulation Education
Holy Name Medical Center
Cedar Wang has been using simulation to help health care professionals improve health care quality for adults with intellectual disabilities. Over the last year, her Person First - Disability Second Simulation Project has reviewed the literature and held focus groups with individuals, guardians, families, and providers. This research has helped develop a training program focused on caring for individuals with intellectual disabilities; pilots are starting this summer. The goal is to develop a reproducible training program that can be offered to various schools, hospitals, and other organizations to raise awareness.
The NLN applauds this work and congratulates Cedar on her leadership and simulation initiatives that help advance the health of the nation and the global community.
RESOURCES & PRODUCTS |
| Faculty Development Toolkit: Simulation Resources |
A New Free Resource from the NLN SIRC
Deans continue to say that getting qualified faculty is one of the top 10 struggles in nursing education. The guidelines that arose from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s comprehensive research study on the use of simulation in nursing education can help to address gaps in faculty development.
The NLN is proud to bring this toolkit to you as part of our work to gather experts in simulation and technology to create products in collaboration with center staff.
Created by six members of the 2014 sim leader program cohort, this resource comprises the following development component areas to assist new simulation educators: technology, scenario design, teaching/learning strategies, curriculum integration, evaluation, realism/fidelity, standardized/simulated patients, and simulation management. Using an evidence-based approach, the toolkit targets faculty development needs.
TECHNOLOGY-ENHANCED LEARNING |
Dr. Jone Tiffany
NLN Technology Scholar in Residence
The NLN Center for Innovation in Simulation and Technology would like to welcome Jone Tiffany who will be sharing her expertise over the next year as part of her sabbatical work in technology-enhanced learning. Dr. Tiffany is a professor of nursing at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN with emphasis in e-learning and simulation. She was an NLN Health Information Technology (HITS) scholar from 2011-12. During her time with the NLN, Dr. Tiffany will focus on faculty development in the use of active learning teaching strategies. Through the use of technology, faculty can better engage students in the learning process. We look forward to sharing her knowledge and innovations with you. Stay tuned for new programs and resources coming this fall.