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INACSL Accomplishments

INACSL Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are home to like-minded healthcare simulationists looking to connect, collaborate, and network within the industry around simulation-based special interest topics. They are pushing the boundaries and are hard at work helping advance the science of simulation in the industry. Take a look below at the contributions they are putting forth towards the community.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) SIG

This group has been working with national Advanced Practice organizations to further the science of APRN simulation usage. Currently, this has resulted in one collaborative grant and journal manuscript submission.

Deans, Directors, and Program Managers SIG

In our first meeting, we identified challenges that we, as a group, would like to discuss. We are a fairly new INACSL Special Interest Group (SIG), with only three meetings under our belt. In that short time, we have addressed fee structure for the use of simulation space by external entities, workload challenges, and organizational structure. A shared drive was created to share information with each other. We are also planning an abstract proposing a panel discussion at INACSL24 highlighting the need for our SIG.

Patient Safety SIG

In our inaugural year, we developed two patient-safety specific NextGen NCLEX cases with corresponding simulation guides that were distributed via QR code at INACSL23. Using the National Councils for State Boards of Nursing's (NCSBN) Clinical Judgement Measurement Model (CHMM), the Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best Practice™, and the NLN Simulation Template, the group created these cases that provide a seamless resources for simulation educators.

Special thanks to Lisa Mittas, Krista Snyder, Christi Doherty, and Janeen Berndt on their hard work!

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Research SIG

The Research Special Interest Group (SIG) is a collaborative community of researchers with a focus on simulation-based education. Initially formed by a group of nine members from the United States and Canada, the SIG has made significant progress in its research endeavors. Their first projects explored prioritizing facilitator competencies in simulation facilitation. We are eagerly awaiting publication of this manuscript in the Clinical Simulation in Nursing Journal, following the review process. Additionally, they have presented their findings at three conferences, sharing insights with the wider educational community. Over time, the SIG has expanded significantly, now between 30 to 40 members from various parts of the world. These members regularly participate in meetings to share their expertise and insights. 

The group is currently engaged in two collaborative research projects. The first project investigates using virtual simulation for interprofessional education, backed by a grant from CanSim, and the research is set to have international participants. The second projects focuses on how simulation is utilized to evaluate learner competency, featuring members from multiple countries. An abstract for an INACSL24 presentation has already been submitted for this project, and data collection is nearing. The Research SIG offers its members a wealth of opportunities for international collaboration, facilitating a global perspective on simulation-based education research. In addition, the group actively promotes the development of research in the field of simulation-based education, contributing to the advancement of educational practices, and the enhancement of learning experiences for students and professionals worldwide. Furthermore, the impact of this SIG is that members can develop essential research skills, expand their research network, collaborate on shared research interests, have leadership opportunities, and foster international multi-site research.

Special thanks to Robin Lockhart and Beth Rogers for organizing this group!

Sustainability SIG

The Sustainability Special Interest Group (SIG) is working collaboratively to determine and encourage best practices for environmental sustainability in simulation-based education. We share hands-on practices with each other to improve the environmental sustainability of our own simulation centers. We are also moving forward with a literature review on this topic to inform future INACSL Best Practices. For more information, you can view our article published at www.healthysimulation.com/48139/healthcare-simulation-sustainability/, or listen to our episode of the Let's Talk Sim podcast (Season 1, Episode 6). 

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