History of the SIRC

The purpose of the Simulation Innovation and Resource Center (SIRC) project, a collaborative alliance between the NLN and Laerdal Medical, is to develop a community of nurse educators who can effectively use simulation to promote and evaluate student learning and who dialogue with one another in an effort to advance simulation in nursing education.

The project began in 2007 with a call for simulation experts; 169 nurse educators applied and nine were chosen. They represented a variety of types of educational institutions in geographic locations around the country. Led by the project director, and together with the international participants and the technical team, this group developed the various areas of the SIRC and the courses that prepare nurse educators to design, implement, and evaluate the use of simulations in nursing education.

All of the funds from the purchase of the courses will be reinvested in the maintenance of the SIRC and development of new courses.

The SIRC launched on June 12, 2008 with three online courses. Six more debuted at the NLN™s Summit in San Antonio, September 17-20, 2008. In June, 2009, two additional courses were created. In September, 2011, Unfolding Cases became the 12th course offered.

4 new courses were added in January, 2013: Advanced Evaluation, Beyond Basic Debriefing, Standardized/Simulated Patients, and Simulation-Based Interprofessional Education.

Project Director: Pamela R. Jeffries, DNS, RN, FAAN, ANEF
Assistant Project Director: Marcella T. Hovancsek, MSN, RN
NLN Staff Liaison to Laerdal Projects: Mary Anne Rizzolo, EdD, RN, FAAN


Andrea D. Ackermann PhD, RN, CCRN
Mount Saint Mary College

Mindi Anderson, PhD, RN, CPNP-BC
University of Central Florida

Mary L. Cato, EdD, RN
Oregon Health & Science University

Carol F. Durham, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Deborah Henderson PhD, RN
Ohio University Zanesville

Suzan Kardong-Edgren PhD, RN, ANEF 
Washington State University

Clare Lamontagne MS, RN, CNE
Springfield Technical Community College

Susan Prion, EdD, RN
University of San Francisco

Patricia (Patty) Ravert, PhD, RN
Brigham Young University

Teri Boese, MSN, RN
International University of Nursing and University of Medicine and Health Sciences

Jeanne Cleary, MAN, RN
Ridgewater College

Cynthia Reese, PhD, RN, CNE
Lincoln Land Community College

Sharon Decker, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Katie Adamson, PhD, RN
University of Washington Tacoma

Andrea Parsons Schram, DNP, CRNP
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

Cate Nicholas, EdD, MS, PA
Fletcher Allen Health Care/University of Vermont

Mary Anna Gordon, DNP, RN
Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing


Barbara Foulds, PhD, RN
Algonquin College, Ontario, Canada

Sissel Eikeland Husebo, RN, MNSc
University of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway

Yumi Iwamoto, MA, RN
Hiroshima Bunka Gakuen University, Hiroshima, Japan

Michelle Kelly, MN, BSc, RN, PhD(c)
University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Marcia Petrini, PhD, FAAN
Wuhan University HOPE School of Nursing, China

Ailing Wang, PhD
Wuhan University HOPE School of Nursing, China

Eliana Escudero Zuniga, RN
Pontiff Catholic University, Santiago, Chile


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Project Management, Instructional Design: Julie McAfooes, MS, RN BC

Coordination: Tony Presti

Graphics, Programming, Editing: Will Presley

Graphics: Tim Martin

Graphics, Editing (Version 1.0, 2008): Caroline Caine

Graphic/Web Design (Version 1.0, 2008): Chad Johnson


Laerdal™, one of the world's leading providers of Healthcare Solutions, is dedicated to helping save lives with products and services for Airway Management, Immobilization, Basic Life Support, Advanced Life Support, Patient Care, Self-Directed Learning, and Medical Education. We are pleased to serve all healthcare providers and educators, from the lay rescuer to the medical professional. www.laerdal.com

Project Coordinators: Clive Patrickson, CEO Laerdal Medical; Rosie Patterson; Brian Vigorita

Website Administration: Dawn Glusko

Graphic Design: Steven Pepe & Joe Scalise

eLearning & LMS Management: Chris Devenney

Last modified: Thursday, March 15, 2018, 11:11 AM