Award Recipients

President's Award

Jalene Bowersmith, CAE, Executive Director

For her instrumental involvement as Executive Director in the development and growth of INACSL over the past 4 and a half years.

Jalene Bowersmith has been the Executive Director for INACSL since October of 2013. In 2017 Jalene, was honored by the American Society of Association Executives with the conveyance of the CAE credential, the highest professional credential in the association industry. Jalene brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the organization in a gentle and guiding manner. She is incredibly efficient, organized and always willing to go the extra mile.

Jalene Bowersmith


Hayden Vanguard Lectureship

Bryan Dang, BSN, RN, PHN

For his work in launching the VR-SIM pilot to determine the viability of hosting sim observers in Virtual Reality(VR). By placing a VR camera by the bedside, the VR-SIM pilot enables unlimited students to observe an ongoing simulation in VR telepresence and allows educators to effectively teach and debrief a whole student cohort without having to repeat the same scenario several times over.

Bryan Dang is a clinician, a researcher, and a technologist. He also leads user experience research and product design for Syminar, a VR learning management system that Bryan co-designed. His background in Nursing and Human Factors research has laid the foundation for his goal of advancing healthcare by incorporating emerging technologies in a way that is user-friendly for clinician and educators. As a result, Bryan and the Syminar team created a 'one-click' tool to help scholars and educators use VR telepresence to augment their work.

Bryan Dang


Spirit of Leadership

Carol Durham EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
The University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill, School of Nursing

For inspiring, creating and leading a vision for nursing simulation through her dedicated efforts surrounding coaching and mentoring others in evidence-based simulation education.

During her time as INACSL President, Dr. Durham led strategic planning for the international organization. She collaborated to establish the INACSL-CAE Healthcare Simulation Fellowship, a visionary learning opportunity for simulation educators worldwide. Her dedicated work in the simulation community resulted in her receiving the SSH Presidential Citation in 2017.

Carol Durham


Frontline Champion

Boise State Simulation Team

For providing exceptional simulation education for undergraduate and graduate students as well as education and consultation for faculty throughout the nation.

The Boise State Simulation Team is unique in its organization and depth and includes 19 faculty and staff members. The team uses the INACSL standards and SSH accreditation guidelines to offer simulation education to nursing, respiratory care, and radiological science students.

Boise State


Best Practice Innovator

Randy Gordon, DNP, FNP-B
Chamberlain University College of Nursing

For his instrumental work in the development of the virtual learning lab for FNP students that integrates two-dimensional, web-based simulation within an online course to hone physical assessment skills and promote concept acquisition.

As an innovator, Dr. Gordon continually seeks to augment his learning episodes with appropriate technologies. As a result, Dr. Gordon emulates best practices in simulation learning through his novel approach to debriefing 2D and 3D activities with the students.

Randy Gordon


Excellence in Academia

Mindi Anderson PhD, ARNP, CPNP-PC, CNE, CHSE-A, ANEF
University of Central Florida College of Nursing

For her completion of a Fulbright Specialist placement in Thailand, in which she created an environment that promotes and incorporates the simulation standards of best practice in an academic setting.

Dr. Anderson serves as the inaugural Program Director for the Health Care Simulation Graduate Program at University of Central Florida. She has been an educator for 17 years and an early pioneer for the adoption of simulation in academic and clinical teaching.

Mindi Anderson


Excellence in Research

Virtual SIM Research Champions Team:

Jennifer Lapum, PhD, MN, RN, BScN
Daria Romaniuk, RN, BN, MN, PhD
Oona St-Amant, PhD, RN
Paula Mastrilli, PhD, RN
Lorraine Betts RN, MN, CHSE
Tara McCulloch, MA, RN
Michelle Hughes RN, BScN, Med
Margaret Verkuyl, NP:PHC MN

For their rigorous, innovative program of research focused on virtual gaming simulation.

This multi-institutional team of nursing professors have sustained a highly effective, engaging and productive program of research. They have conducted usability studies, scoping reviews, and mixed methods research using focus groups and quasi-experimental designs to examine learning outcomes and explore learners’ experiences with virtual gaming simulation.

Virtual Sim


Excellence in Service

Tonya Schneidereith PhD, CRNP, PPCNP-BC, CPNP-AC, CNE, CHSE
Managing Partner and Director of Integration, SIMPL Simulation

For her dedication to furthering the goals of INACSL and for serving as a powerful role model for other simulation educators and researchers.

Tonya is a respected colleague that encourages others to participate through her humor, caring, and respectful interactions. She continues her active practice as both a clinician and as a simulation educator. Furthermore, as a certified nurse educator and a certified healthcare simulation educator, she models the importance of professional certification.

Tonya Schneidereith


Debra Spunt Grant Awardees

  • Nancy Sullivan, DNP, RN
    John Hopkins University School of Nursing
    Comparing the Gold Standard of Traditional Clinical Experience to the Simulation Experience
  • Jo Loomis, FNP, DNP, CHSE
    University of San Francisco
    Validation of a Reliable Tool for Evaluation of Nurse Practitioner Students After Learning Experiences in a Simulated Clinical Setting


Clinical Simulation in Nursing 2017 Research Article of the Year

Genevieve Beaird, Carla Nye, Leroy Thacker, II
The Use of Video Recording and Standardized Patient Feedback to Improve Communication Performance in Undergraduate Nursing Students.
Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 13, 176-185.


Clinical Simulation in Nursing 2017 Research Article of the Year

Margaret Verkuyl, Jennifer Lapum, Oona St-Amant, Lorraine Betts, Michelle Hughes
An exploration of debriefing in virtual simulation.
Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 13, 591-594. 


Anthony Battaglia Conference Scholarship Recipients

Christine Singbusch

Maureen Bajah

Amanda Henson

Allyson Cooper

Hollis Caswell

Dixie Holden

Donnette Blachura Hong


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