Developing Faculty

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Faculty and staff development are essential for successful simulation experiences. Education on how to develop support for using simulation and ways to incorporate simulation as a teaching strategy are critical to achieving curricular goals. In this course, components of the INACSL Standards and NLN Jeffries Simulation Theory are discussed in relation to the need for faculty development.  A variety of t models for faculty development and strategies for gaining faculty support are provided, along with tools for evaluating faculty.  At the conclusion of the course you will be able to create your own plan for attaining your aims. The Educator's Toolkit offers job descriptions and a Diffusion of Innovation game.  


  1. Understand the need for faculty development related to simulation.
  2. Identify essential components for faculty development for successful simulation.
  3. Assess your faculty for knowledge of components and development timelines.
  4. Explore potential models for faculty development.
  5. Create an individualized plan for initial and ongoing faculty development.

About the Authors

Patty RavertPatricia (Patty) Ravert, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN, ANEF, holds the rank of Professor and serves as Dean at Brigham Young University (BYU) College of Nursing. Since 2001, her work involves integrating high-fidelity simulation across undergraduate and graduate programs. The BYU Nursing Learning Center and Clinical Simulation Laboratory is the hub of simulation experiences for 425 students, consisting of over 14,000 student encounters each school year (approximately 25,000 hours of simulation). Dr. Ravert served on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) and on the editorial board for Clinical Simulation in Nursing Education.

Mary CatoMary L. Cato, EdD, RN, is an Assistant Professor and lead simulation faculty in the Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing. She has been teaching with simulation for over ten years, and during that time has integrated simulation into all clinical courses in the School of Nursing undergraduate curriculum. Dr. Cato was one of the original SIRC authors, and has worked with the NLN on other projects including the ACES program and the revision of the NLN/Jeffries Simulation Framework into the NLN/Jeffries Simulation Theory. Her doctoral research focused on anxiety and its effect on learning in simulation.

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