2020 Annual Conference

2020 Conference

Welcome to the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning Conference, 2020 Website!

The INACSL Conference is a leading forum for simulation aficionados, researchers, and vendors providing the ideal environment to gain and disseminate current, state-of-the-art knowledge in the areas of skills/simulation operations and applications in an evidenced-based venue. Healthcare professionals will have the opportunity to network with colleagues and exhibitors, discuss best practices as relates to competencies, safety, and quality performance indicators, and advance the science of simulation.

INACSL Conference, 2020
June 24-27, 2020
Raleigh, NC
Conference Location: Raleigh Convention Center

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Conference abstracts will be accepted August 15-October 15, 2019.

International attendees, please check here for documents required to enter the United States.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, June 24 Thursday, June 25 Friday, June 26 Saturday, June 27
Breakfast for Pre-Con Attendees Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
Pre-Conference Tour
(additional fee) *
7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Pre-Conference Sessions
(additional fee) *
6 hours (8:00 am-3:00 pm)

*Lunch included
Keynote Speaker
(8:30 am-10:00 am)
Town Hall, Board Activities, and Awards
(8:30 am-9:30 am)
Innovation Game Day
(8:30 am - 10:00 am)
Educational Session
(10:15 am-11:00 am)
Plenary Speaker
(9:30 am-10:30 am)
10:15 am - 11:30 am
Educational Session
(11:15 am-12:00 pm)
Educational Session
(10:45 am-11:30 am)
Exhibit Hall, Posters Viewing & Lunch
(12:00 pm-2:00 pm)
Exhibit Hall, Posters Viewing & Lunch
(11:30 am-2:00 pm)
Educational Session
(2:00 pm -2:45 pm)
CONFERENCE STARTS 3:30 PM Educational Session
(3:00 pm -3:45 pm)
Educational Session
(2:00 pm -2:45 pm)
Conference Welcome and Hayden Vanguard Lectureship
(3:30 pm-5:00 pm)
Educational Session
(4:00 pm -4:45 pm)
Educational Session
(3:00 pm -3:45 pm)
Opening Reception, Exhibit Hall & Poster Viewing
(5:00 pm -7:00 pm)
Reception, Exhibit Hall & Poster Session
(4:45 pm-6:30 pm)
Educational Session
(4:00 pm -4:45 pm)


2020 INACSL Conference Rates

Registration as a Full or One Day attendee is required to register for pre-con sessions.
6 hours sessions Tour
INACSL Member $150 $150
Non Member $175 $175


July 22
July 22-
April 30
May 1-
May 29
INACSL Member $499 $599 $649 $725
Non Member $799 $799 $849 $925
Undergraduate Student (non-faculty) $400 $400 $400 $400


ONE DAY CONFERENCE Rates Wed Thurs Fri Sat
INACSL Members $235 $300 $300 $100
Non-Members $335 $400 $400 $175

Keynote Presentation

“That’s Not What Real Patients Value”: Patient-Centered Learning in Simulation

Presented by Debra Nestel

Debra Nestel is Professor of Simulation Education in Healthcare, Monash University, and Professor of Surgical Education, Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne, Australia. Debra is Editor in Chief, Advances in Simulation, the journal of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM). She is program lead for the Master of Surgical Education (Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne and Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) and Master of Surgical Science (University of Melbourne) and Graduate Certificate in Clinical Simulation (Monash University). Debra leads a national program for simulation educators – NHET-Sim and a virtual network in simulated patient methodology. Debra has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers in health professions education, edited books on simulated patient methodology (2015), healthcare simulation (2017), surgical education (to be published in 2019) and is working with colleagues on an edited book on research methods for healthcare simulation (for 2019)

Debra Nestel


Plenary Session

Simulation as Translational Science: Targeting Educational and Practice Gap

Presented by John Marc O’Donnell

Dr. John O’Donnell is Professor and Chair of the Department of Nurse Anesthesia and Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at the University of Pittsburgh.  His other role at the University of Pittsburgh is that of the Associate Director at WISER, the Winter Institute for Simulation Education, which is an internationally renowned simulation center.  Dr. O’Donnell Co-Chairs the WISER Research Committee which oversees educational and safety research and was instrumental in WISER being fully accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSiH) in 2012 and 2017.  O’Donnell was recently inducted as a Fellow of the SSiH and has served in numerous SSiH roles including Co-chair of the 2017 international meeting.  O’Donnell served on the National Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Board of Directors from 2003 to 2015 and was recently appointed to a second term on the Board by Governor Wolfe where he serves as Chair of the Advanced Practice Committee.  Dr. O’Donnell has received numerous honors and awards including the 2006 AANA National Program Director of the Year Award, the 2012 Pitt Chancellors Distinguished Teaching Award and the 2017 Pittsburgh Magazine Nurse Educator of the Year Award. John has published numerous articles and book chapters and was the lead author of the 2009 AHA Structured and Supported Debriefing method- sometimes called GAS Debriefing.  As part of his international work, he co-authored iSIM (Improving Simulation Instructional Methods) which has been offered in more than 20 nations and has been translated into multiple languages.  He has been PI of multiple educational and Research Grants having received more than 3 million dollars in funding during his career.  He is currently working with a team of engineers on a new augmented reality simulator called “BodyExplorer™ and has formed Lumis Corp. in order to bring this new device to market.

John O'Donnell

Conference Objectives

  • Experience the newest innovations in nursing simulation and learning resources while revisiting tried-and-true methodologies.
  • Explore future simulation opportunities using evidence-based practice.
  • Determine new directions for simulation and learning resource centers.
  • Explore strategies to integrate technology in curriculum and practice.
  • Examine the challenges of managing nursing simulation/learning resource centers.
  • Network with colleagues and experts.



The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning(INACSL) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.