November 2, 2021By Lance Baily

Recorded Webinar: The Rapid Acceleration of Virtual Simulation in Nursing Education

The events of the past year have not only drastically affected the nursing profession, but also the ways in which educators provide instruction to learners nurses. This is why’s webinar platform “LEARN” provided the greater healthcare simulation community with the presentation titled “The Rapid Acceleration of Virtual Simulation in Nursing Education on November 2, 2021. As part of the mission to extend guidance, support, and resources to continue innovation and advancement efforts, this webinar offers 1 Contact Hour of RN CE.

Presented by Laura Gonzalez PhD, APRN, CNE, CHSE-A, ANEF, FAAN, this one-hour beginner webinar will explore the pandemic’s continued impact on instruction, and how virtual simulation will continue to play an important role in nursing education for years to come.

The informative and educational panel discussion will also help learners and educators to better appraise current literature related to clinical simulation use during the pandemic. After participation in this discussion opportunity, they will also be able to identify opportunities for the inclusion of simulation in their curriculum and apply strategies for simulation beyond the simulation lab.

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This important conversation will also feature Director of Simulation-Based Education at UCONN School of Nursing Valorie MacKenna, Ph.D., RN; Assistant Director of Clinical Nurse Educator Simulation at the University of Washington School of Nursing Simulation Center Keondra Rustan, Ph.D., RN, CHSE, CNE; and Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Arizona College of Nursing Amber Kool, DNP, RN.

More About the Presenters

Laura Gonzalez Ph.D., APRN, CNE, CHSE-A, ANEF, FAAN: Dr. Gonzalez is an internationally recognized simulation expert. She is one of 83 advanced certified healthcare simulation educators (CHSE-A) globally. In the fall of 2020, she was recognized by the prestigious American Academy of Nurses as a Fellow (FAAN). She is the 2021 President-Elect for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL). She is also a fellow of the Academy of Nurse Educators (ANEF). Her professional nursing and academic career focus on advancing the science of nursing education through the use of simulation and its impact on learner outcomes.

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Valorie MacKenna, Ph.D., RN: Valorie MacKenna is the Director of Simulation-Based Education and Assistant Clinical Professor University of Connecticut School of Nursing. In this role, MacKenna leads the operations and curricular efforts for on-campus experiential learning. With over 11 years of experience working in simulation, MacKenna lends her expertise to provide educationally sound learning experiences for UConn nursing students. Since arriving at UConn, MacKenna has worked with the faculty to expand the use of high-fidelity simulations across four regional campuses. She is a certified health care simulation educator (CHSE), a certified nurse educator (CNE).

Keondra Rustan, Ph.D., RN, CHSE, CNE: Keondra Rustan, Ph.D., RN, CHSE, CNE started her nursing career in cardiac, working on a stepdown unit and then progressed to work in the cardiac intensive care unit, and other cardiac areas. She then decided to expand my knowledge by transferring to the General Intensive Care Unit. While there, she became a part-time clinical instructor and advanced her nursing career to become a manager of critical care and intermediate care which helped her to develop leadership skills. Rustan decided to work on her education skills by becoming a full-time faculty member and for a time served as interim director of the Licensed Practical Nursing Program while supporting the simulation program. After a Director was found, Rustan became program lead for the clinical simulation program, and throughout that time she maintained a career in nursing education and clinical simulation by working in other states as simulation faculty, nurse residency program manager, clinical educator, interprofessional simulation education, and informaticist.

Amber Kool, DNP, RN: As Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Arizona College of Nursing, Amber Kool, DNP, RN, is passionate about educating nursing students and finding innovative ways to assist faculty with learning strategies and the development of curriculum focused on clinical judgment and high-level reasoning. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Education as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Educational Leadership. The majority of clinical experience is in a level III NICU with previous clinical practice in pediatric nursing and psychiatric nursing.

Disclosures: Dr. Gonzalez is a VP at Sentinel U, and President-Elect for INACSL.

More About Sentinel U

Sentinel U, formerly Healthcare Learning Innovations, is an e-learning company that works to meet the evolving needs of healthcare education and training by providing simulation-based technologies and virtual learning tools. Founded in 2013, Sentinel U helps advance nursing academic education and healthcare professional training through virtual clinicals that are engaging, effective, and economic. Aligning outcomes with AACN BSN Essentials, QSEN Competencies, and NCLEX categories, Sentinel U provides nursing learners and practicing nurses with online simulations that are convenient to safely practice healthcare and patient scenarios anywhere, at any time, while earning virtual clinical hours.

All virtual simulations and clinicals are designed by Sentinel U’s nursing faculty to help ensure that users can confidently and seamlessly map directly to AACN essentials, QSEN competencies, and NCLEX categories. According to Sentinel U, learners benefit from robust learning experiences that independent research has shown to be effective and to achieve required competencies.

The goals of Sentinel U’s digital solutions are to sharpen clinical reasoning, decision-making skills, and critical thinking competency while facing realistic patient encounters. They can also be used to practice community health and population health in a risk-free environment, and engage in realistic patient encounters across healthcare simulation settings.

More About Webinars’s streamlined clinical simulation webinar platform relaunched in February, and has since featured even more informative and insightful healthcare simulation presentations! These webinars offer live and on-demand content from some of the world’s leading healthcare simulation experts, covering everything necessary to successfully start, develop or expand a clinical simulation program. Topics range from safe medication administration to moulage and manikin functions. Many webinar presentations are recorded and viewable from anywhere at any time.

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