September 29, 2022By Lance Baily

NLN Education Summit 2022 Continues to Expand Nursing Simulation Presentations

The 2022 National League for Nursing (NLN) Education Summit takes place this week from Wednesday to Friday in Las Vegas, Nevada and is attended by over 1,200 nursing education champions from around the world. As with previous years, the NLN Summit continues to expand presentations and resource support for those focusing on nursing simulation development.  This article provides event highlights, session recaps, and additional information about the 2022 NLN Education Summit.

The 2022 NLN Summit is designed to focus on the need for nurses and nurse educators to be responsive and proactive in addressing climate change, health equity, and sustainability in managing global health and wellness for society. Through innovative sessions and expert speakers, the organization hopes to convey the importance of nursing and nursing education across the field of medicine. This year’s prominent speakers include Barbara Sattler, RN, DrPH, FAAN, Simulation Champion Kim Leighton, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Jason A. Schwartz, MS – National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), and Patricia Benner, R.N., Ph.D., FAAN – University of California School of Nursing.

Bringing together nurse educators from around the world to explore trending and emerging topics impacting the nursing education profession including clinical simulation, the NLN Education Summit is also designed to convey solutions that address day-to-day challenges. According to the organization, attendees can expect to discover many ways that nursing education is advancing the health of our nation and the global community. They will also gain new ideas and strategies to challenge their thinking, and connect and collaborate with nurse colleagues, visionaries, and thought leaders to define the future of nursing education.

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The organization has an ethical imperative to support the preparation of the future nursing workforce to identify, assess, and promote actions and policies that mitigate climate change on health, promote a sustainable environment, and advance health equity, this year’s theme is “Healthy Planet, Healthy People: Leading the Way Through Education, Practice, and Policy.”

Debra L. Spunt Memorial Lecture By Dr. Kim Leighton on “Nursing Education at a Crossroads”

Friday’s plenary session by world-renown healthcare simulation champion Dr. Kim Leighton, PhD, RN, FAAN on the crossroads nursing education is facing following COVID. A recent publication announced that almost 30% of the healthcare workforce has left since the pandemic started. Those remaining are often short-staffed, face frustrating and abusive situations, and are suffering severe burnout. This presentation explored major challenges to our current way of teaching, while highlighting how evidence gained from simulation research can be applied to traditional clinical education in efforts to improve learning outcomes. Participants learned ways that many of the Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best Practice can be adapted to the traditional clinical environment, thereby enhancing learning outcomes in the same way that years of work in simulation have accomplished. Dr. Leighton’s presentation is a call to action to change how we educate our nursing workforce!

See Dr. Leighton’s webinarEvaluating Healthcare Simulation in the Days of COVID-19 and Beyond” on the LEARN CE/CME platform, or read’s exclusive Simterview with Dr. Leighton.

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NLN Education Summit 2022 Simulation Sessions Include:

  • Enhancing Awareness of the Social Determinants of Health: Combining Faculty Development and the Use of Hologram-Assisted Interdisciplinary Simulation-Based Education – Peggy Hill et al
  • Using Data and Simulation to Address Interprofessional Learning Needs – Marissa Abram et al
  • Assessing Learners’ Clinical Judgment Using Reflections after Observing Asynchronous Expert-Modeled Simulation: A Mixed Methods Study – Beth Rogers et al
  • Using Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best Practice – Elizabeth Wells-Beede et al
  • Organizing Chaos: Simulating Clinical Judgement – Brandy Pitts et al
  • eTHRIVE: Empowering and Transforming Public Health Nursing Education and Practice for Rural Underserved Areas to Improve Care Using Virtual-Based Simulation and Experiential Strategies – Lisa Davenport et al
  • Ensuring Quality Education with Limited Resources: Video Streaming Unfolding Case Studies in Simulation – Elizabeth Mencel et al
  • Grabbing Student’s by Their Brains: Virtual Simulation and Brain Based Teaching – Michelle Curley Moulton et al
  • Implicit Bias in Simulations – Are we ready? – Marie Gilbert et al
  • Exploring the Use of Immersive Virtual Reality Simulation to Develop Clinical Judgment Among Baccalaureate Nursing Students – Dawne-Marie Dunbar et al
  • Virtual Reality Simulation to Conduct Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) – Elizabeth Wells-Beede et al
  • Building Leadership Capacity through Psychological Capital Training and Leadership Simulation with Baccalaureate Nursing Students – Carla Nye et al
  • The Ecological Planetary Health Model as the Foundation of the Development Advanced Practice Nursing Simulations with a Focus on the Adverse Effects of Climate Change – Charlotte Swint et al

NLN Edge Blog Supports Nursing Simulation Conversations

The NLN Nursing EDge Simulation Blog is a resource brought to you by the NLN Division for Innovation in Education Excellence. NLN Nursing EDge contributors blog on topics that keep nurse educators up-to-date with the latest innovations in simulation, technology, e-learning, telehealth, and informatics.


The NLN’s Simulation Innovation Resource Center (SIRC) courses are an online e-learning solution for simulation faculty and staff development. SIRC courses are designed for faculty and staff development, and include topics covering everything from the basics of integrating and debriefing simulations, to conducting evaluation and research. Continuing Education (CE) credits are offered for each of these courses. Courses cover topics including:

  • Foundations: Laying the Groundwork for Teaching with Simulation
  • Modalities: Exploring Simulation Features
  • Curriculum: Understanding the Curriculum Map for Thoughtful Simulation Integration
  • Evaluation and Assessment: Examining Learner, Facilitator, and Program Outcomes
  • Prebriefing and Debriefing: Facilitating the Learning Experience
  • Facilitator: Exploring Roles in Simulation Delivery
  • And many more!

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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