Jean-Christophe: I’m 43 years old. I am Belgian and I live in Belgium. I’m married and I have three children. I graduated from a University college (Haute Ecole Namur-Liège-Luxembourg) in 1997. I obtained my intensive care and emergency care specialization in 1998. I graduated from the University of Liège (Public Health Science) in 2014. After completing my Master’s Degree, I began my doctorate at the University of Liège. I obtained my PhD in December 2019. Between 1998 and 2010, I worked in an ICU in Belgium. Between 2007 and 2019, I taught nursing care in the Haute Ecole Namur-Liège-Luxembourg.
INACSL: How did you become interested in simulation?
Jean-Christophe: During my Master’s Degree studies, I discovered simulation in the nursing school (Haute Ecole Namur-Liège-Luxembourg). Then, I followed a basic simulation instructor course in 2012. In 2013, My colleagues and I opened the first simulation center in a nursing school in the French part of Belgium. I executed research on simulation during my Master’s Degree. I compared high fidelity simulation and a course on Intensive Care. It was the first research on nursing simulation in Belgium. Simulation was a great revelation. Traditionally, clinical learning was done on a "see-do-teach" basis. I understood simulation was an amazing learning experience allowing students to reflect on their practice as well as allowing them to encounter the same unavoidable clinical situations. Moreover, this pedagogical method meets my ‘ideal’: psychological safety, training, working in collaboration with the students, etc. Between 2017 and 2020, I worked in the Center for Medical Simulation in the University of Liège. I mainly worked with medical students and residents.
INACSL: Explain your current role in simulation. Please elaborate.
Jean-Christophe: In September 2020, I came back to the Haute Ecole Namur-Liège-Luxembourg. I’m a Simulation-based research coordinator and facilitator. In the simulation center, we host nursing students and a variety of professional and interprofessional simulations. Next year, we will welcome Advanced practitioner nurses.
Moreover, I joined the INACSL International Committee in 2018. Since September 2020, I have been chair of this Committee and one of the Co-Facilitation Moderators for the International Discussion Board.
Recently, I created a Regional Interest Group with several nursing schools in my area.
INACSL: What value do you see in simulation as a teaching-learning strategy?
Jean-Christophe: Simulation is an amazing pedagogical method for the development of students’ skills. Whereas the European Community does not take into account simulation as clinical practice, I believe simulation could replace several hours of clinical apprenticeship. Simulation allows instructors to create an engaging learning experience. Simulation provokes in-depth discussions between students and the facilitator.
INACSL: How have the INACSL Standards of Best Practice impacted your simulation program?
Jean-Christophe: The INACSL Standards of Best Practice helped me to create well-designed simulation program and research. These standards were really helpful during the whole process of the research design from script writing to debriefing. In the RIG in Belgium, we aim to implement the INACSL standards in every school to standardize practice.
INACSL: In closing, what advice do you have for simulation educators?
Jean-Christophe: Be creative, both in terms of scenarios and props. I think nurse educators can create a lot of simulation devices which are not too expensive..