Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Creating Simulation Communities of Practice: An International Perspective

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Creating Simulation Communities of Practice: An International Perspective

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A three-year National League for Nursing grant aimed at faculty development in the use of simulation as a teaching-learning strategy to promote and evaluate student learning outcomes was funded in 2007 by the Laerdal Medical Corporation. The focus of the faculty development project was the creation of nine web-based courses written by nine United States authors with the assistance of eight contributing partners from seven different countries. The process is described from the view of the international participants who worked together with the US experts. The significance of the work, the process, the challenges and barriers, and the benefits and rewards of the work are described. Recommendations for working on a multisite, international collaborative project are also discussed.

Key Words Multistte Research - Nursing Education - Simulation Technology -International Collaboration - Web-Based Courses

HIGH LEVELS OF INTEREST IN USING SIMULATION IN NURSING EDUCATION HIGHLIGHT THE NEED TO ADDRESS FACULTY DEVELOPMENT. In April 2007, the National League for Nursing (NLN) announced a new three-year grant aimed at faculty development in the use of simulation as a teaching/learning strategy to promote and evaluate learning in nursing students. This grant, given by Laerdal Medical, has funded the creation of SIRC, the virtual Simulation Innovation and Resource Center (http://sirc.nln.org/) by a team including nine experts in nursing education and simulation from the United States. Reflective of global interest in simulation technology, the team also includes eight international educators from seven countries: Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Norway, Scotland, and two from China. * The SIRC features innovative web-based courses that deliver content about simulation through video clips of simulation scenarios and interactive activities. Course content includes instruction on designing and implementing simulation experiences; using simulation as a formative or summative evaluation of students' progress; integrating concepts critical to an academic program's curriculum into simulation experiences; and conducting research in the use of simulation. Educators using this web-based resource can engage in dialogue with experts and peers; access a directory of simulation researchers and a comprehensive bibliography of articles related to simulation; and keep abreast of world news about simulation and pertinent conferences. * As members of a global society and profession, nurse educators have many questions and needs that cross national boundaries. Anyone who has participated in multisite research or projects is aware of the challenges of working withOUt the advantage of geographic proximity. HOWEVER, THE CREATION OF THE SIRC IS TIMELY AND IMPORTANT TO EDUCATORS INTERNATIONALLY. Ultimately, the SIRC will be beneficial to nursing students throughout the world. * This article is a product of the shared perspectives of the project leaders and the international participants. By sharing the challenges and barriers to on a multisite, collaborative, international project with US experts, two technology teams, the NLN, and a large corporate vendor, the authors hope to benefit future nursing educational endeavors. The development or the MRC was challenging, and the participants learned many lessons. The significance of the work, the process, the challenges and barriers, and the benefits, rewards, and outcomes of the work are described in the following sections.

Significance of the Collaborative Project Nursing curricula and programs for nurses in practice demonstrate similarities around the world. Communication and travel in the 21st century have made it imperative for the international nursing community to share concerns and solutions to address the nursing educational challenges that all countries face. Demand for high quality health care exists around the world. In fact, this demand has increased worldwide because people are better informed through the Internet and other media. …

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