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Simulation Program Mission &Goals

UL Lafayette Department of Nursing Simulation Program
Mission, Vision and Goals


Mission

The mission of the Simulation Program is to fully integrate best practices in simulation education and research in support of curricula which are evidence-based, relevant, and contribute to the development of professional and advanced practice registered nurses.

Vision

The vision of the Simulation Program over the next three to five years is to be recognized as a regional leader and partner in simulation-based education and research by academic institutions and health systems.  

Program Goals

Research

  • Provide resources for Simulation Program Educators to conduct research on various aspects of simulation (STEP grants, Instructional Improvement Grants, Faculty Development grants, Travel Grants)
    • Poster and podium presentation at regional, state, and national simulation conferences
    • Publications in simulation and nursing education, research and practice peer-reviewed journals.
  • Establish relationships with nurse researchers in other simulation centers across the state, region and US and collaborate on research studies to advance best practices.
  • Develop and implement interdisciplinary research studies which contribute to the body of evidence related to simulation across health care disciplines.

Faculty

  • Continue to implement the Department of Nursing Faculty Development Plan to promote expertise of Simulation Program Educators in the area of simulation:
    • New faculty orientation
    • Faculty Forums
    • National League for Nursing (NLN) Debriefing courses
    • Simulation Instructor Courses
    • Attendance at regional, state, and national simulation conferences
    • Membership for International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation in Learning (INACSL), Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), and other simulation organizations
    • New product in-services
  • Dedication of resources to development of Simulation Program Staff, including, but not limited to, conference and webinar attendance.
  • Develop partnerships with faculty from other simulation centers, including onsite visits and collaborative projects
  • Continue to foster the development of debriefing skills of simulation educators’ through evaluation and feedback using the Debriefing Assessment for Simulation in Healthcare (DASH).

Governance

  • Continue monitoring results from existing surveys related to Simulation Program evaluation
    • Student Evaluation of Scenario
    • Faculty Evaluation of Scenario
    • Learning Resource Center (LRC) Survey
  • Foster leadership development of Simulation Program Director and Simulation Technologist
    • NLN Leadership for Nurse Educators
  • Promote community involvement in Simulation Program by increasing Simulation Continuing Education offerings for health care practitioners and educators, both within the Acadiana area as well as across the state and region.
  • Explore opportunities to utilize simulation to prepare “practice- ready” practitioners based on collaboration with and feedback from clinical partners and area Residency Programs for new graduate nurses.

Students

  • Provide opportunities for students to participate in interdisciplinary collaborative research in simulation, including the disciplines of nursing, dietetics, health information management, and health services administration majors.
  • Continue to foster the integration of simulation into MSN and DNP programs.
  • Expand on use of the Simulation Labs to recruit high-achieving high school students for enrollment into the pre-licensure BSN program.
  • Continue to provide quality experiential learning opportunities for students through simulation-based learning activities.

Time Frame for Implementation- 2017-2022