Integrating Concepts into Simulations

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One of the curricular challenges that all educators face is how to teach the content that the learner needs to be a competent practitioner in the limited allocated time. Most nursing programs identify key concepts that are threaded throughout their curriculums. Educators are continually trying to incorporate these concepts or threads across the curriculum. Simulations lend themselves to integrating concepts essential to nursing practice. In fact, all simulations should clearly integrate and reinforce the concepts and threads of your program's curriculum. This course will address how to integrate concepts, using patient safety as the example.


  1. Describe how to integrate concepts into simulation using patient safety as an exemplar.
  2. Define concepts according to national standards of care i.e. define patient safety using the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report.
  3. Design simulation activities that reinforce concepts taught in the curriculum such as teamwork, collaboration, and communication.
  4. Describe four key points to incorporate into simulations that teach concepts.
  5. Discuss two reasons to use simulation strategies such as debriefing to reinforce concepts.

About the Author

Carol Durham 2016

Dr. Carol Durham is a visionary educator and consultant with expertise in practice-based education for all levels of learners in nursing and interprofessional education. She is professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing where she also directs the Education-Innovation-Simulation Learning Environment (EISLE) and provides leadership as the Director for Interprofessional Education and Practice for the School of Nursing. Dr. Durham has made significant and sustained contributions in nursing and interprofessional education and is a leader in preparing faculty to integrate quality and safety into their curriculum and their teaching in the preparation of the next generation of healthcare providers. 

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