November 7, 2019By Lance Baily

December Clinical Simulation in Nursing Journal Highlights

Every so often we take a closer look at the latest research in Nursing Simulation from the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL)’s leading journal: Clinical Simulation in Nursing. Topics include balancing a simulation center budget, individual vs. group debriefing comparisons, overcoming challenges in simulating mental health, innovations in simulated nursing, development of reliability testing sim tools, 2018 research awards and more! This is the leading peer-reviewed research journal for simulation in nursing, and a must read for simulation champions around the world.

About the Clinical Simulation in Nursing Journal

Clinical Simulation in Nursing is an international, peer reviewed journal published online monthly. The journal is the official research publication of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning (INACSL) and reflects the mission INACSL.


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Clinical Simulation in Nursing has a 2015 Impact Factor of 1.360, ranking favorably in the Nursing category. All articles are listed in the Science Citation Index Expanded, Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition, Social Science Citation Index, Journal Citation Reports/Social Sciences Edition, and Current Contents/ Social and Behavioral Health Sciences.

They will review and accept articles from other health provider disciplines, if they are determined to be of interest to their readership. The journal accepts manuscripts meeting one or more of the following criteria:

  • Research articles and systematic reviews about simulation
  • Innovative teaching/learning strategies using simulation
  • Articles updating guidelines, regulations, and legislative policies that impact simulation
  • Leadership for simulation
  • Simulation operations
  • Real world (practice) and academic uses of simulation

December Journal Updates

Balancing the Budget in the Simulation Centre (Michael Eliadis et al): Over the last few years, the demand for simulation has increased exponentially in health care programs such as nursing. The challenge faced by simulation centres is to respond to the needs of educational programs while respecting budgetary constraints. In this article, we discuss several innovations designed by our simulation centre to decrease operating costs in the areas of supplies and equipment and increase revenues related to space utilization.


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Comparison of Self-Debriefing Alone or in Combination With Group Debrief (Margaret Verkuyl, MN, NP:PHC et al): Self-debrief alone and in combination with group debrief methods has not been well explored. Self-debrief requires self-assessment and reflection by the learner where one’s strengths and areas for growth are identified. These skills are critical to the development of reflexive practitioners.

How John Barleycorn Spun Simulation Gold (Jana Wheeler): As it becomes increasingly difficult to secure mental health clinical placement sites for nursing students, creativity can provide a way to fill the gap. This article aims to describe how a simulation experience which was born out of a need for more clinical hours in mental health became the “favorite simulation experience the whole time we were in nursing school.” The author was challenged to create a mental health–simulated experience with limited funds and turned it into an interprofessionally orchestrated simulation experience that will not soon be forgotten by the students who experienced it.

Innovations in Simulation: Nursing Leaders’ Exchange of Best Practices (Kellie Bryant et al): Fifteen simulation specialists met at Columbia University School of Nursing on October 12, 2018, for an interprofessional summit on innovations in simulation. Three successive panels focused on the future of simulation-based education, latest trends in simulation research, and linking simulation to improved patient safety outcomes. Discussions following each panel presentation generated many forward-thinking recommendations. In addition to summarizing those recommendations, this article reviews the evolution of simulation and explores steps that can take it to the next level for students, educators, researchers, and practicing clinicians, with the goal of improving patient outcomes.

2018 Research Article of the Year: Using Game-Based Virtual Reality with Haptics for Skill Acquisition (Ann Butt, Suzan Kardong-Edgren, Anthony Ellerstson): Nurse educators are challenged to find innovative methods to help nursing students develop and remember fundamental skills while ensuring patient safety. Virtual reality (VR) headgear and custom haptic technology combined with game-based learning principles may provide an innovative approach to promoting mastery learning and retention.

2018 Non-Research Article of the Year Psychological Safe Environment: A Concept Analysis (Sufia Turner, Nicole Harder): Nursing students are increasingly participating in simulation-based learning experiences. The psychological safety of these environments has an effect on learning. Clarity surrounding antecedents, attributes and consequences of this concept can assist nurse educators in providing an optimal simulation learning environment.

2019 Debra Spunt Grant Awardees:

  • Organizational Skill Development Using Simultaneous Multiple Patient Simulation: Heidi DiGregorio, MSN, APRN, PCNS-BC, CHSE, CNE, University of Delaware
  • Critical Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner as Rapid Response Team Leader: Using Simulation-Based Education to Close a Cultural Gap: Katie McDermott, RN, MSN, CPNP-AC, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
  • The Use of Standardized Participants as Healthcare Providers in a Curricular Integration of TeamSTEPPS Training into an Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum: Jennifer Ross, PhD, RN, CNE, Villanova University

About INACSL

INACSL’s mission is to advance the science of healthcare simulation. INACSL has operationalized its mission by developing the first standards for simulation practice, INACSL Standards of Best Practice: Simulation, Published in the Clinical Simulation in Nursing, INACSL’s monthly, electronic research journal, these freely accessible articles provide the industry with guidelines for creating and executing healthcare simulations. The Leadership of INACSL is deeply committed to meeting the needs of its membership. They thoughtfully examine all opportunities and options to ensure that all decisions benefit the members as well as align with the Mission and Vision of the organization.

The annual INACSL Conference is a leading forum for simulation aficionados, researchers, and vendors providing the ideal environment to gain and disseminate current, state-of-the-art knowledge in the areas of skills/simulation operations and applications in an evidenced-based venue. Healthcare professionals will have the opportunity to network with colleagues and exhibitors, discuss best practices as relates to competencies, safety and quality performance indicators, and advance the science of simulation. Next year’s INACSL 2020 healthcare simulation conference takes place June 24-27 in Raleigh, North Carolina!

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