SIRC Informer Newsletter - Summer 2014

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HOT OFF THE PRESS: NCSBN Releases Phase 1 Simulation Study Results

The results are in. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing conducted a landmark, national, multi-site, longitudinal study of simulation use in pre-licensure nursing programs throughout the country.

At its annual meeting in Chicago, August 13-15, NCSBN reported that according to the findings, up to 50 percent simulation can be effectively substituted for traditional clinical experiences in all core courses across the pre-licensure curriculum. Recommendations that boards of nursing will need to address include the following:

  • Faculty need formal training in simulation pedagogy.
  • Debriefing methods should be theory based.
  • Simulation strategies need an adequate number of faculty to support the learners.
  • Simulation does require the use of equipment and supplies to create a realistic environment.

In collaboration with learning institutions across the US, the NCSBN research initiative explored the role and outcomes of simulation in pre-licensure clinical nursing education. The NCSBN National Simulation Study was conducted in three phases. Phase I involved a national survey of simulation use in pre-licensure nursing programs. Phase II was a randomized, controlled study examining the outcomes of various amounts of simulation to replace a portion of the hours spent in traditional clinical settings. A longitudinal study, Phase III followed the nurse graduates into their clinical practice as new registered nurses.

We hope you can join us for more dialogue and information at the NLN Education Summit in Phoenix, AZ where project director Jennifer Hayden will be presenting the study results.

Need help getting started with simulation? Ready to advance your skills?
The SIRC has 16 courses, basic to advanced, created under the direction of Dr. Pam Jeffries. Check them out at the SIRC.

Simulation and Technology Sessions at the Summit in Phoenix
We are excited about the upcoming NLN Summit in Phoenix, September 17-20. Flight of the Phoenix has an array of sessions dedicated to integrating simulation and technology into your teaching. Visit the Summit website and use the interactive features to find the concurrent sessions dedicated to simulation and technology.

  • Enroll in our post-conference session focused on simulation and technology: Caring for Vulnerable Populations: Mental Health, Gerontology, Veterans, Alzheimer's Unfolding Cases
    Saturday, September 20, 1:00 - 5:00 pm

    Presenters: Susan Forneris, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE-A; Mary Anne Rizzolo, EdD, RN, FAAN, ANEF; Janet Willhaus, PhD, RN
    Faculty members from across the country have used teaching resources from the Advancing Care Excellence series that began in 2009 as a project to develop innovative teaching strategies to teach students about care of older adults. The series has expanded to include teaching strategies for care of veterans and Alzheimer's patients and their families. This presentation will demonstrate the key elements of the simulations and teaching strategies providing faculty with an opportunity to dialogue about use and implementation in their own curricula. 

  • Attend the Laerdal special session on the latest technology-enhanced teaching.
    vSims:  Virtual Simulation - Teaching Thinking Differently
    Friday, September 19; 3:30 - 5:00 pm
    Moderator: Carol Durham, EdD, RN, ANEF
    Faculty across the country are searching for creative teaching methods to develop clinical reasoning skills, competence and confidence in nursing students. Come to hear about a virtual form of simulation, vSim for Nursing, co-developed with Laerdal Medical and Wolters Kluwer Health. Based on NLN scenarios, v-Sim for Nursing simulates nursing scenarios and allows students to interact with patients in a safe, realistic environment, available anytime, anywhere. During spring 2014, the NLN worked with 10 nursing programs throughout the US to pilot V-Sim for Nursing. Dr. Durham will moderate a panel of pilot faculty who will discuss use of an online interactive virtual simulation to enhance classroom, laboratory, and clinical learning experiences. A demonstration of the product, including pre- and post-simulation quizzes, documentation assignments, a personalized feedback log to help identify areas of strengths or needed improvement, and guided reflection questions to gauge student understanding will be presented.  

  • Visit the NLN booth and sign up to win a free SIRC course or a copy of Dr. Pam Jeffries' newest book, Clinical Simulations in Nursing Education: Advanced Concepts, Trends, and Opportunities
  • Attend the Debra L. Spunt Lecture
    Reasoning and Practice Education: Debriefing In, On, and Beyond Simulation
    Saturday, September 20; 8:30  9:30 am
    Kristina Dreifuerst, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, CWOCN, CNE
    Assistant Professor, Indiana University School of Nursing
    Congratulations Dr. Dreifuerst.

We hope to see you all in Phoenix, AZ September 17-20. Click here for more information and to register.

Register now for the annual NLN/Elsevier Technology Conference
Nashville, October 24-26, 2014
Highlights include:

  • Telehealth: Current Practice, Future Prospects
    Helen R Connors, RN, PhD, FAAN
  • Preparing Nurses for the Connected Age of Health Care
    Diane J. Skiba, PhD, FAAN, FACMI
  • Do This, Not That! 10 Ways to Make Your Online Course Engaging and Easy to Teach
    Diane M. Billings, EdD, RN, FAAN, ANEF
  • The NCSBN Simulation Study - Results and Implications
    Jennifer Hayden, MSN, RN
  • Developing a Simulation Team: Challenges, Benefits, Opportunities
    Pamela R. Jeffries, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF 

Apply for the Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators
This year-long program of the NLN Leadership Institute, directed by Pamela Jeffries, is designed for nurse educators who wish to assume a leadership role in simulation. Develop your leadership skills so you can fuel your passion and promote simulation at the regional, state, national, and international levels.The application deadline is September 30, so don't delay. For more information, visit the Leadership Institute pages on the NLN website.

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