June 14, 2024By Teresa Gore

Nursing Simulation Conference INACSL 2024 Celebrates New Attendance Record

The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) non-profit organization holds their annual conference each year in June. This week, the INACSL24 occurred from Wednesday, June 12th to Saturday, June 15th in Raleigh, North Carolina, with the theme “Collaborate, Innovate, Grow.” INACSL24 featured incredible speakers and nursing simulation presentation topics that will provide actionable best practices for simulationists to help tackle challenges today and in the future. This year, INACSL hosted a record-breaking 1150 registered attendees from 15 countries. As a media partner, this article by HealthySimulation.com Content Manager and INACSL Past President Dr. Teresa Gore reviews the pre-conferences and opening day of INACSL24, with the note that select sessions are being recorded and available post-conference for members that were not able to attend.

On June 13, 2024, pre-conference sessions were held which included North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) simulation centers, ASPE workshop on SP case development, enhancing efficiency and reliability through planned simulation programming with Laerdal SimDesigner and SimPad Theme editor, the debriefing process, SSH CHSE readiness course, workplace violence simulation, and SimGHOST workshop.

The exhibit hall ribbon-cutting officially started INACSL24. The exhibit hall had 73 vendor and affiliate partner booths. There are vendors and affiliated organizations interact and present the most up-to-date information and technology to the attendees.


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INACSL Media Center

In the Media Center, HealthySimulation.com hosted multiple media sessions with the INACSL Board and Committee Leaders. The first talk was with outgoing President Dr. Desiree Diaz and incoming President Dr. Ashley Franklin. Other media sessions included:

  • Jerrod Jeffries, Beaker Health. Beaker Health and INACSL have partnered to bring INACSL members access to recorded INACSL educational sessions for continued professional development.
  • Jennifer Roye and Carrie Miller on ISEP and Cornerstones of Best Practice
  • Beth Culross on the Best Practices Workshops
  • Fara Bowler and Beth Hallmark on the Endorsement Program
  • Chassity Mays, Robyn MacSorley, and Carrie Miller on Home Grown Solutions
  • Jacqueline McBride and Laura Klenke-Borgman on the Women in Leadership Annual Symposium
  • Barbara Wilson-Keates and Heiddy DiGregorio on the Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best Practices

Keynote Speaker – Kevin Pemberton Shares About the Potential of AI for Healthcare


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The keynote speaker Kevin Pemberton, AB, MBA, CFA, engaged the audience with his presentation, Enhancing Patient Engagement and Improving Clinical Outcomes in the Age of Data and AI. Kevin discussed ChatGPT reaching 1 million users in five days compared to Netflix 15 years and FaceBook 10 months. Collaboration and partnering with healthcare and industry are required to improve patient outcomes. He stressed that use cases are critical for personas to be effective for outcomes. AI is beneficial to improve patient engagement, improve clinical & operational outcomes, and accelerate scientific discoveries. The key take-home concept is that AI can free up time for healthcare providers to provide the hands-on care needed to improve outcomes.

Selected Concurrent Sessions

  • Measuring Cognitive Load Using NASA-TLX to Appropriately Level Multiple-Patient Simulations for Undergraduate Nursing Students: Megan Turner and Rachel Westrich presented on NASA-TLX to measure the cognitive load to appropriately level future simulation experiences, prevent cognitive overload, and promote learning with Indigenous patient actors.
  • Care with Cultural Humility: An Indigenous Actor Simulation on Discharge Teaching: Kateryna Metersky, Suzanne Ezekiel, Caitlin Cosgrove, and Michelle Hughes presented how to create a simulation to develop cultural humility for undergraduate nursing students with the incorporation of Indigenous patient actors.
  • Simulation-Based Learning in Physical Therapy Education: Use of Standardized Pre-Brief: Tiffany Atkins, Laurie Neely, and Kenneth Miller presented the incorporation of the Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best Practice to use standardized pre-briefing for Physical Therapy students in simulation learning experiences. In 2021, the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy Strategic Initiative Panel on Simulation strongly supports the Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best Practice.
  • Simulation-Based Education: Innovation, Challenges, and Opportunities in the Nursing Field: Pedro Filipe Cartaxo Cintra introduced the audience of over 350 participants to the app Wooclap for audience polling. The audience had different perspectives on simulation as a theory, method, methodology, strategy, or technique. Translational simulation is key to helping higher-level concepts of simulation to include diagnostic simulation and simulation interventions. Cintra discussed the concept of participant development. Simulationists participate in faculty development, however, what is occurring for the learners? Would the learner perform CPR with the same quality on a manikin they find on the floor or a human being on the floor? This requires facilitators to implement participant development. Another concept discussed patient and family development through simulation for them to provide better self and patient care. His last takeaway is the Global Consensus on Healthcare Simulation.
  • Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best Practice Workshop for Novice Simulationists occurred in the morning. This session was limited to 50 participants, allowing more attention from the facilitators to interact with the participants with less experience in healthcare simulation. The session focused on the Cornerstones of Best Practice Standards: Prebriefing – Preparation and Briefing, Facilitation, Debriefing, and Professional Integrity.
  • Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best Practice Workshop for Advanced Simulationists occurred in the afternoon. This session was limited to 50 participants, allowing more attention from the facilitators to interact with the participants with more experience in healthcare simulation. The session focused on the Cornerstones of Best Practice Standards: Prebriefing – Preparation and Briefing, Facilitation, Debriefing, and Professional Integrity.
  • HomeGrown Solutions Workshop explored the latest low-cost solutions to healthcare simulation problems. HomeGrown Solutions approved projects were presented during this workshop. Some of the topics addressed were the hybrid fidelity manikin for GI Bleed and portable speakers for manikin voice workaround for enhancing manikin functionality; reusable silicone wounds and no stain transparent adhesive dressing wounds for moulage ideas; caboodle noodle and pin the PPE on the healthcare worker for solutions for everyday simulation issues. The workshop also presented some use cases and asked the participants to submit their solutions to address the issue. The submitted solutions will be assessed and disseminated to the workshop participants and in an upcoming webinar.

View the LEARN CE/CME Platform Webinar How to Implement INACSL’s Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best Practice Into Your Program to learn more!


Hayden Vanguard Award Sponsored by Elevate Healthcare

The Hayden Vanguard Award was developed in 2016 in honor of Jennifer Hayden’s work and to commemorate her legacy. As a master’s prepared nurse researcher, Jennifer Hayden completed one of the largest and most meaningful nursing education studies ever devised – the National Council of State Boards of Nursing: National Simulation Study. Her scholarship contributed to both evidence-based practice and policy for nursing education and simulation.

INACSL created the Hayden Vanguard Lectureship, sponsored by CAE Healthcare, now Elevate Healthcare. The lectureship is awarded annually to an INACSL member whose innovation may move simulation forward in a meaningful way through research, program, evaluation, or a similar scholarly product.

The 2024 Hayden Vanguard Award recipient is Jennifer Viveiros, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE, Community-Informed Simulations to Reduce Stigma in the Care of Individuals with Opioid Use Disorder. The importance of healthcare simulation on Opioid Use Disorder is to de-stigmatize substance use disorders to be viewed as a chronic illness. Healthcare professionals must be educated to provide affirmative, not dehumanizing care that does not support recovery for the patients. The key concepts from this presentation are:

Endnote – Rebecca Love Shares on Nurse Innovation

Rebecca Love delivered the endnote Nurse Innovation: Saving the Future of Healthcare. Rebecca discussed how nursing delivered medicine out of the dark ages of practice. However, nursing remains out of the major decision-making process in healthcare. However, nurses make up almost 50% of all healthcare workers. Cultural and behavioral changes must occur for the landscape to open up for this to change. Rebecca empowered our audience to change the systems in which we operate as nurses and simulationists by innovating.

Rebecca is a champion for empowering nurses to take a seat in the boardroom. She emphasized that giving nurses a chance to solve problems recognizes their brilliance and unique skill set to approach change. She gave some ways to make innovation happen: asky the frontline about their problems; allow people to identify their problems, how it is currently addressed, and identify new ways to solve the problem; and create an innovation committee. Key takeaways from her presentation included:

  • When the world is telling you that someone should do something, it is often a sign that you should be the one to do it.
  • She quotes Henry Ford when asked what makes an innovator, and he said “it is a belief that you can make something better.”
  • Innovation requires both seeing what does not exist and recognizing stagnation before intentionally accelerating forward.
  • The only thing I can control is my response, my attitude, my perspective. I get to control what I make this mean.
  • Rebecca provided insight and a call to action for nurses. In the 1870’s journal entries Florence Nightingale began to write: “It will take 150 years for the world to see the kind of nursing I envision…” So, 1870 + 150 = 2020. Nurses, our time is now to make nursing the Profession we’ve always knew it could be. This is our Time!”

Medical Simulation Vendor Sponsors



  • Diamond Sponsor: Medical Shipment
  • Gold Sponsors: Elevate Healthcare and Laerdal
  • Silver Sponsors: Elsevier, e train, Gaumard, Intelligent Video Solutions, Sentinel U, SimVS, Sim X, and Wolters Kluwer
  • Bronze Sponsors: 3B Scientific Group, Aevum, ANatomage ATI Nursing Education, AVKIN, Bodyswaps, Canadian Alliance of Nurse Educators Using Simulation, Education Management Solutions (EMS), HGA, Innosonian America, KbPort, Kyoto Kagaku America, Lactation Education Resources, LifeCareSim, Limbs & Things, Lumeto, Lumis, MEA HEalthcare, MedCart AR, MedVision, MindLum, Moulage Sciences and Training, Oxford Medical Simulation, Paradigm Medical Systems, Patient Ready, Pearson, Pedi-Ed-Trics Emergency Medical Solutions, Pocket Nurse, SafeMedicate, sim2grow, SIMStation, TouchPoint Medical, UbiSim, University of Central Florida, University of Miami Gordon Center, VATA, and VRpatients

More About INACSL

The International Nursing Association for Clinical and Simulation Learning (INACSL) is an association dedicated to advancing the science of healthcare simulation. With over 3,100 members worldwide, the organization’s mission is to be the global leader in the art and science of healthcare simulation through excellence in nursing education, practice, and research. INACSL’s goal is also to advance the science of nursing simulation by providing professional development, networking resources, and leadership in defining healthcare simulation standards of best practice.

INACSL contributes to the growth of the simulation community through the development of the Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best Practice, INACSL Simulation Education Program (ISEP), INACSL Endorsement Program, Cornerstones of Best Practice, Research Fellowships, a repository of simulation evaluation tools, and Clinical Simulation in Nursing journal.

INACSL collaborates with ASPE, SimGHOSTS, and SSH to deliver the Best Practices Workshops and Women in Leadership Annual Symposium to provide professional development opportunities to the simulation community.

Learn More About INACSL!


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