Designing and Developing Simulations

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With the increased usage of simulation in nursing programs across the country and around the world, faculty and students are discovering new ways of teaching and learning.

In Designing and Developing Simulations, you will acquire the foundational knowledge needed to begin using simulations as a valuable learning tool. A template for creating scenarios is included, along with instructions on how to complete it. At the end of the course, a completed scenario template is provided for Julio, a 14 year old with asthma, followed by a video segment that shows a group of students engaged in the simulation with Julio.


  1. Define simulation in reference to health care.
  2. Discuss a framework which may be used to develop simulations for health care professionals.
  3. Describe the continuum of types of simulations from low to high fidelity.
  4. Describe the specific design features used to develop simulations.
  5. Provide exemplars for which simulation could be valuable as a learning tool.
  6. Create a simulation using the simulation design template.

About the Author

Mary CatoMary L Cato EdD, RN, is an Assistant Professor and lead simulation faculty in the Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing. Mary 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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