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Hayden Vanguard Lectureship

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.

In honor of Jennifer’s work and to commemorate her legacy, INACSL has created the Hayden Vanguard Lectureship, funded by CAE Healthcare. The lectureship will be awarded annually to an INACSL member who has contributed to the discipline and moved simulation forward in a meaningful way through their research, program, evaluation, or similar scholarly product. Awardees must demonstrate the ability to present their ideas well to a large audience. Their presentation should be engaging and inspire the attendees as they consider ways to innovate in their areas of research and/or simulation work.

Selection of the awardee is made by a four member panel consisting  INACSL and CAE representatives, selected by the INACSL President each fall. 


Submissions for the 2022 Hayden Vanguard Lectureship are currently closed. The application process for 2023 will open in Summer 2022. 

Past Lectureship Recipients


Margaret Verkuyl, NP:PHC, MN
Virtual Simulation: Optimizing Student Learning


Global Network for Simulation in Healthcare (GNSH) 
Team Engagement to Improve Outcomes
Created 30 minute weekly clinical challenges and team engagements


Bradley Chesham, MSN, PGC, RN, ICU, ALS-I
Immerse Everything
Queensland, Australia
Founder and Director Bundle of Rays


Bryan Dang, BSN, RN, PHN
Increasing the Clinician Education Pipeline: A Vision of Usability, Efficiency, and Good Design
San Jose State University - The Valley Foundation School of Nursing
Founder and Product Manager of Syminar


Susanna R. Cohen, DNP, CNM/MSN
Human-centered Simulation: Tracing Innovation Back to Our Roots
Univeristy of Utah College of Nursing
Founder of PRONTO International 


Amy Cowperthwait, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC
Achieving Radical Change When It Feels Like Your Hands Are Tied
University of Delaware/ SimUCare Inc.
Founder and CEO of Avkin