May 27, 2020By Lance Baily

New Global Nursing Education Virtual Simulation Consortium Launches Helpful Resources to Combat COVID-19

The Global Nursing Education Virtual Simulation Consortium (GNEVSC) was formed in March to provide a rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic covering topics ranging from the current limitation of clinical sites, instructional continuity, best practices for virtual reality deployment, debriefing remotely, online learning tools and more. The group has already produced several powerful webinar presentations from leading global nursing simulation experts which are all shared here!

In March leaders in the academic nursing, QSEN, and clinical simulation communities announce the formation of the Global Nursing Education Virtual Simulation Consortium with the immediate goal of delivering a rapid response to address critical education needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the current limitation of clinical sites, and educators’ need to maintain instructional continuity and ensure advancement and graduation.

To help administrators, faculty, and nursing students move quickly and effectively to an online environment, the healthcare simulation Consortium has launched a series of interactive webinars featuring academic leaders sharing cases for virtual simulation along with best known practices for replacing clinical practicum hours in an online environment.


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Future Consortium activities include advocacy efforts to support limited replacement of clinical hours with virtual simulation and coordinated research around the best uses of virtual simulation for improved clinical education of nursing students to guide future needs.

Shadow Health and Elsevier act as founding sponsors for the Consortium helping to deliver technology consultation, coordinate research, and provide assistance in the underwriting of activities. While Shadow Health convened the panel of experts, the group’s mutual goal is to share ideas, engage in conversation, answer questions, and highlight all virtual simulation products and methods.

Clinical Hour Replacement in Face of Coronavirus Global Pandemic

A consortium of academic leaders shared cases for virtual simulation along with best-known practices for replacing clinical practicum hours in an online environment. The group’s mutual goal is to share ideas, engage in conversation, answer questions, and highlight all virtual simulation products and methods to help administrators, faculty, and nursing students move quickly and effectively to an online environment. You can watch part 1 below, and watch the rest of the first webinar here.


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Presenters covered the following topics and more:

  • Strategies for bringing clinical adjunct faculty into on-line clinical education
  • Clinical Education: securing meaningful clinical hours through virtual simulations
  • Strategies for using virtual simulation to teach soft skills – professionalism, communication, and empathy
  • Moving something to online does not equal simulation – simulation standards and how to make cases interactive including pre-briefing and debriefing

Advanced Practice Nursing Clinical Hours Panel Discussion in the Face of COVID-19 Pandemic:

Here members of the steering committee for the Simulation in Nurse Practitioner Education Consortium will present a Panel Discussion and Q&A on Graduate Clinical hours with a special emphasis on meeting Nurse Practitioner student clinical needs in the face of the COVID-19 Pandemic and academic disruptions. This panel of academic leaders and Nurse Practitioner Education specialists will share cases for virtual simulation along with best-known practices for APN student simulation clinical hour opportunities in an online environment.

The Debrief: Standards, Models, and Best Practices in Virtual Simulation

In this webinar academic leaders from the Consortium  presented a panel discussion and Q&A on debriefing, including discussing standards, models, and best practices in virtual simulation. With many programs still experiencing considerable disruptions in clinical practice settings, we felt that this is an important and timely topic for all nursing educators using (or considering) virtual simulation.

This panel of Nursing Education specialists and leaders shared from their own deep academic and practice experience as well as surveyed currently accepted best practices, all around the important role that debriefing plays in virtual simulation. With many programs still experiencing considerable disruptions in clinical practice settings, we felt that this is an important and timely topic for all nursing educators using (or considering) virtual simulation.

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