Dr. Erin Killingsworth

Tell us about your personal and professional background.

I have been a registered nurse for about 20 years, and I have been teaching in higher education for the last 12 years. I completed my BSN, MSN, and PhD in nursing. I have taught prelicensure, master’s, and doctoral students. While my clinical background is in obstetrics, I have taught a variety of subjects including obstetrics, research, statistics, data management, nursing education, nursing theory, and evidence-based practice. My scholarly work has focused on student and program evaluation, instrument development and validation, and simulation-based learning experiences.

How did you become interested in simulation?

I was introduced to high-fidelity simulation at my first full-time teaching position. The school of nursing I taught at was just starting their simulation program and I was able to be an early adaptor in that program. I fell in love with the creativity, innovativeness, and practical application that simulation can offer.

Explain your current role in simulation. Please elaborate.

I am a simulation facilitator at the institution where I currently teach. Through this role I work with undergraduate and graduate nursing students by guiding the simulation experiences that occur throughout the curricula. This role is in addition to teaching courses within the nursing program.

What value do you see in simulation as a teaching-learning strategy?

Simulation offers an opportunity for students to engage in a teaching-learning strategy designed to emulate real world situations. It allows for practical application of concepts in an environment specifically created to enhance their learning. 

How have the INACSL Standards of Best Practice impacted your simulation program?

With the adoption of the INACSL Standards of Best Practice into our simulation program, the Standards are seen throughout everything that we do. We have used them to guide training for the simulation team members, structing of our program, evaluation of our simulation-based educational offerings, and helped define our aspirational goals.

In closing, what advise do you have for simulation educators?

With over a decade of experience in simulation, I think I would remind other simulation educators to remember what it was that first drew them to simulation and to keep persevering in their practice.