June 10, 2021By Lance Baily

INACSL Virtual Conference 2021 | June 16-18

The 2021 INACSL Conference takes place virtually from Wednesday, June 16 through Friday, June 18. Each year, this event serves as a leading forum for simulation aficionados, researchers, and vendors. This is to provide the ideal environment to gain and disseminate state-of-the-art knowledge in the areas of skills/simulation operations and applications in an evidenced-based context. During the virtual simulation conference, healthcare professionals will have the opportunity to network with colleagues and exhibitors, discuss best practices related to competencies, safety and quality performance indicators, and advance the science of simulation.

This year, conference-goers can expect to experience the newest innovations in nursing simulation and learning resources while revisiting tried-and-true methodologies. They will also be able to explore future simulation opportunities using evidence-based practice. Another conference objective is to enable participants to determine new directions for simulation and learning resource centers.

Presenters will examine the challenges of managing nursing simulation/learning resource centers. Those in attendance will learn and explore strategies used to integrate technology in curricula and practice. They can then network with colleagues and experts, with the chance to ask questions and share additional insights.

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During INACSL 2021, the virtual exhibit hall will be open for the event’s duration. Each day will begin at 11 a.m. EDT, with breakout sessions beginning at 12:15 p.m. EDT. Live streamed sessions will be recorded and available for on-demand access for three weeks after the event. There are four 1-hour featured sessions: the Hayden Vanguard Lectureship, keynote, plenary and endnote. All other sessions are 45 minutes.

Participants from around the world are encouraged to partake in the event. Registration includes access to session recordings after the event. Only individuals who are registered will be able to complete a certificate of completion to be used for continuing education purposes.

There are two registration packages: a Full Virtual Conference and a Partial CNE with 10 CNE credits. With both packages, attendees receive access to live and recorded sessions of their choice, posters, exhibits and networking opportunities. The difference between the packages is the number of CNE credits available.

  • Full Virtual Conference Package: Access to all virtual conference content with 35+ CNE total, recorded sessions, posters, exhibits and networking opportunities.
  • 10 CNE Package: Access to 10 CNE-worth of content to include the Hayden Vanguard Lectureship, keynote, plenary and endnote, as well as eight additional sessions of the registrant’s choice.

Featured Speakers

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Margaret Verkuyl, NP:PHC, MN (Wednesday, June 16 I 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT): The Hayden Vanguard Lectureship award, Margaret Verkuyl NP:PHC, MN has been a nursing professor at Centennial College for over 16 years and is a leader in developing and researching virtual gaming simulations. Over the years, these simulations have received nine prestigious local and international awards. More recently, Verkuyl developed an open-access virtual health care experience with numerous virtual gaming simulations. Globally, these have become pervasive in nursing education, with over 800,000 plays across 25 countries.

Verkuyl leads research to evaluate learning outcomes and effective ways to embed virtual simulations in education. Since 2016, she has published over 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals and written a book chapter on virtual simulation. In addition, she received over one million dollars to create virtual simulations, research outcomes and develop faculty resources.

Her research in virtual simulation was recognized with the 2018 INACSL, Research Excellence Award and this year, one of her publications received the Society for Simulation in Healthcare: 2021 Article of Influence award. She regularly disseminates her work through webinars and at national and international conferences.

Dr. Sylvia Trent-Adams, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP (Thursday, June 17 I 11:30 am – 12:30 pm EDT): Dr. Sylvia Trent-Adams is the executive vice president and chief strategy officer at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. In this role, she assists the president in developing, communicating, executing and sustaining strategic initiatives. As HSC’s chief strategy officer, Trent-Adams leads the strategic planning process, focusing on accelerating organizational performance through cohesive strategy planning and execution, knowledge management and organizational accountability.

A lifetime public servant, Trent-Adams began her extensive public health career in 1992 by joining the Commissioned Corps, before ultimately retiring in 2020 from the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps with the rank of Rear Admiral Upper Half.

Throughout her career, Trent-Adams has focused on improving access to care for poor and underserved communities. As both a clinician and administrator, she has made a direct impact on building systems of care to improve public health for marginalized populations domestically and internationally. Trent-Adams continued this work during her time as the deputy surgeon general of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps from 2015 to 2018.

Trent-Adams’ dedicated service and leadership has been widely recognized, earning numerous accolades and awards. In 2017, Trent-Adams was awarded the International Red Cross Florence Nightingale Medal, the highest international honor bestowed upon a nurse. Additionally, Trent-Adams is the recipient of the American Nursing Credentialing Center’s HRH Princess Muna Al Hussein Award, the American Academy of Nursing’s Civitas Award, the American Association of the Colleges of Nursing’s Lois Capps Luminary Policy Award.

Brian O’Malley (Friday, June 18 I 11:30 am – 12:30 pm EDT): Brian O’Malley is an adventurer, author and award-winning photographer. His journeys have taken him across the globe from the slopes of Mt. Everest to the jungles of Africa. O’Malley’s diverse career includes roles as a mountain guide, Everest climber, paramedic firefighter, police officer, SWAT team member, urban rescue specialist, mountain rescue lead, paragliding pilot, wish granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, executive coach and Three Principles practitioner. Using a powerful blend of artistry and adventure, O’Malley’s presentations have entertained, empowered and energized audiences worldwide. His clients comprise a Who’s Who list of the world’s top companies and associations.

More About INACSL

The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 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 are freely accessible articles providing the industry with guidelines for creating and executing health care simulations.

The leaders of INACSL are 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. Health care professionals will have the opportunity to network with colleagues and exhibitors, discuss best practices related to competencies, safety and quality performance indicators, and advance the science of simulation.

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