June 15, 2023By Teresa Gore

NLN and HealthySimulation.com Sign Media Partnership to Support Nursing Simulation Educators

The National League for Nursing (NLN) and HealthySimulation.com have signed a media partnership to support the field of nursing simulation. HealthySimulation.com, the world’s leading healthcare simulation resource website, is constantly seeking to establish new media partnerships to showcase the work of various organizations and associations across the globe. The goal is also to increase the utilization of their services to the greater healthcare simulation community. Most recently, HealthySimulation.com has entered into a media partnership with the National League for Nursing to showcase their leadership in nursing education to reform and transform nursing and nursing education with a focus on nursing simulation.

Additionally, this particular media partnership serves as a way to foster the dissemination of research, resources, and collaboration opportunities of the NLN and SIRC (Simulation Innovation Resource Center). Further, both HealthySimulation.com and National League for Nursing hope to use this partnership as a way to work together to advance the professional knowledge and skills of the members and affiliates.

This is made possible as HealthySimulation.com is the world’s leading healthcare simulation resource website with daily news, CE webinars & courses, product demos, job listings, conference recaps, research highlights, helpful guides, and more! HealthySimulation.com Founder/CEO Lance Baily said about the new partnership “I am thrilled HealthySimulation.com will be further expanding our support of nursing educators around the world, through one of the leading organizations supporting nursing education, the NLN! On a personal note, my mother was a nurse and taught me the value of healthcare at any early age when I visited her in the ICU, and was the one to introduce me to simulation at her sim lab at El Camino College where I became a Fire Fighter — so helping nurses and the NLN has a special place in my heart!”

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More About NLN

The NLN has been involved in simulation and simulation research for numerous years. In 2003, the National League for Nursing, through a grant from the Laerdal Medical Corporation, began a three-year, multisite study to explore how to design and implement simulations as a teaching strategy and evaluate selected learning outcomes using simulations. As a result of this research, the Jeffries Simulation Framework was developed. The NLN/Jeffries Simulation Theory evolved from the simulation framework in 2015. This HealthySimulation.com page will explore the contributions of NLN to clinical simulation.

Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing, as the nation’s first nursing association, serves as the leading voice for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. The NLN offers professional development, networking opportunities, assessment services, nursing research grants, and public policy advocacy for nearly 45,000 individuals and over 1,000 institutional members. NLN members represent nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education, healthcare organizations, and agencies.

The NLN Simulation Innovation Resource Center (SIRC)

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The NLN SIRC is a collaborative alliance between the NLN and Laerdal Medical. The purpose is to develop a community of nurse educators who can effectively use simulation to promote and evaluate student learning and who dialogue with one another to advance simulation in nursing education. NLN Simulation Innovation Resource Center 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 credits are offered for each course.

The NLN SIRC website offers research funding opportunities, a history of the Debra L. Spunt Lectures, tools and tips for healthcare simulation, and links to the SSH Healthcare Simulation Dictionary, SSH Sim Center Directory, and the INACSL Repository of Instruments. Also important to note regarding simulation, NLN and Pamela Jeffries developed the NLN Jeffries Simulation Theory.

HomeGrown Solutions

HomeGrown Solutions was created by education professionals to address tricky issues in simulation. In 2007, Meg Meccariello presented low-cost solutions at a podium presentation at the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL). In 2008 a HomeGrown Solutions Contest began a rich legacy for innovative solutions to common healthcare simulation issues. This website captures and houses the incredible demonstrations of talent, ingenuity, and sharing of self-made items, creative adaptations to existing items, simulation recipes, and ideas that add to the suspension of disbelief in simulation. Each item includes objectives for use, ideas to integrate into the curriculum, and step-by-step instructions that provide a road map for replication.

NLN Leadership Development for Simulation Educators Program

The NLN Leadership Development for Simulation Educators Program is designed for the experienced simulation nurse educator who wishes to assume a leadership role in simulation. Participants focus to maximize their leadership potential to advance simulation initiatives in nursing education and practice.

In a year-long program, participants examine issues related to research in simulation, curricular integration, the role of simulation in interprofessional education, and management and direction of the simulation activities within a school of nursing or a service setting. With a focus on leadership, the program emphasizes leadership development to advance simulation initiatives in nursing education and practice. The program fosters the development of a community of scholars through the promotion of individual growth, interpersonal interactions within the group, and networking with previous cohorts to build on and develop new simulation initiatives.

NLN Research Instruments

NLN offers several instruments that can be used in simulation evaluation and research.

  • The SDS (Simulation Design Scale) (student version) is a 20-item instrument designed to evaluate the five design features of the instructor-developed simulations used in the NLN/Laerdal study.
  • Educational Practices Questionnaire (student version) is designed to measure whether four educational practices (active learning, collaboration, diverse ways of learning, and high expectations) are present in the instructor-developed simulation, and the importance of each practice to the learner.
  • Student Satisfaction and Self-Confidence in Learning is designed to measure student satisfaction (five items) with the simulation activity and self-confidence in learning.

NLN Conferences

The NLN Education Summit is held annually in the fall to address the education issues faced in nursing education. This conference is widely attended by over 1200 attendees and over 70 vendors. This is a great opportunity for nurse educators to collaborate and find solutions to common issues.

The NERC (Nursing Education Research Conference) is held annually in the spring to explore and address the research in nursing education. Robust research designs and mentor opportunities are available to prepare the next generation of nurse education researchers to prepare future nurses.

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