June 18, 2021By Lance Baily

NLN Leadership Development for Simulation Educators

The National League for Nursing developed a nursing simulation leadership program designed for the experienced simulation nurse educator who wishes to assume a leadership role in simulation. Participants focus on maximizing their leadership potential to advance simulation initiatives in nursing education and practice. With a focus on leadership, the program emphasizes leadership development to advance simulation initiatives in nursing education and practice.

This program is meant to foster the development of a community of scholars by promoting individual growth and interpersonal interactions within the group. There are also opportunities to network with previous cohorts to build on and develop new clinical simulation initiatives. The program includes participation in a program orientation, 15 Simulation Innovation Resource Center (SIRC) courses, access to the LNL Leadership Webinar Series and executive coaching sessions. Added benefits include NLN Simulation Leadership monthly group meetings and the possibility to attend an intensive leadership retreat and/or the NLN Education Summit.

“The NLN Leadership Institute for simulation educators is a tremendous opportunity for emerging nurse leaders using simulation to work collaboratively with other nurse leaders as they develop and grow in their leadership skills. This program puts you in the middle of a select network of over 150 NLN simulation leader alumni across the country skilled in developing and leading simulation education initiatives,” explained Susan Gross Forneris, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE-A, FAAN, director of the NLN Division for Innovation in Education Excellence.

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During the yearlong program, learners can expect to examine issues related to research in simulation, curricular integration, the role of simulation in interprofessional education and managing and directing simulation activities within a school of nursing or a service setting. Other objectives include assessing issues in the design, development, use and integration of simulation in nursing education and discussing the simulation initiatives of major national and international organizations.

Throughout the program, learners are also granted the opportunity to work on a group project that creates or expands simulation content for the web-based SIRC. Further, they must create a three-year focused career development plan and implement an individual plan for leadership development.

The next NLN Simulation Leadership Program session will start in January 2022 and last through December 2022. Directed by Susan Gross Forneris, Ph.D., RN, CNE, CHSE-A, and Mary Anne Rizzolo, EdD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, FSSH, the program application deadline is Oct. 4, 2021. Candidates will be selected based on professional achievement, organizational responsibility and quality of application responses. A letter of support from a supervisor is required.

“The NLN Leadership Institute for simulation educators targets development and enhancement of leadership skills; skills that create opportunities for personal growth and opportunities for building on expertise. Collaboration with other simulation educators at the national level focused on leadership is key to this programm,” said Gross Forneris. “Central to the program is the opportunity to address important issues in nursing education teaching and learning while participating in a hands-on immersive experience creating solutions to these key issues.”

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More about the NLN SIRC

The National League for Nursing (also known as the NLN) established the Simulation Innovation Resource Center to advance healthcare simulation in nursing education. With a collaborative alliance between the NLN and Laerdal Medical, the SIRC’s goal is to develop a community of nurse educators who can effectively use healthcare simulation to promote and evaluate learning. The organization’s mission is to promote excellence across this nursing education to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of our nation and the global community.

The SIRC was founded after representatives from Laerdal Medical met with NLN staff and Pamela R. Jeffries, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, ANEF, FSSH, in the fall of 2006 to discuss what resources were needed to enable nurse educators to move forward and incorporate clinical simulation into their teaching. At that time there were few resources available for faculty development in nursing simulation pedagogy and implementation. Initially, the representatives proposed a website that would provide a variety of healthcare simulation resources. The site would also establish a community where nurse educators could learn to effectively use simulation to promote learning and advance healthcare simulation in nursing education. This is how the SIRC project was born.

More about the NLN

Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. The NLN offers professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants and public policy initiatives to all 40,000 individuals and 1,200 institutional members. NLN members represent nursing education programs across the spectrum of medical simulation, higher education, healthcare organizations and agencies.

Founded in 1893 as the American Society of Superintendents of Training Schools for Nurses, the National League for Nursing was the first nursing organization in the United States. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the NLN boasts a remarkable past, an exceptional present and a shared, transformative future. With purpose, power and passion, the NLN strives to bring the League’s mission and core values to life.

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