September 12, 2022

Purdue Global School of Nursing staff discuss 'simulation scenario quality' at INACSL Conference

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue Global made quite a splash at the International Nursing Association of Clinical and Simulation Learning (INACSL) Conference in Milwaukee earlier this summer.

Jessica Manning and Leigh Dunning, immersive learning coordinators for the Purdue Global School of Nursing, presented a session titled “Using an Innovative, Peer-Review Process to Validate Simulation Scenario Quality” to some 250 interested participants, and it drew rave reviews.

“The Purdue Global School of Nursing is highly committed to innovation with simulation and virtual reality,” said Melissa Burdi, Purdue Global vice president and dean of the School of Nursing. “We are proud of our immersive learning experts, who are leading the way in simulation design thinking and sharing their expertise with others in nursing higher education.”

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Manning and Dunning explained how to implement a peer review process for simulation scenarios to ensure that those simulation scenarios are of high quality and reflective of best practices with minimal costs associated.

Their presentation also covered the importance of simulation scenarios not being created in a silo by one person. In scenario creation, simulationists might not be content experts, and content experts might not be simulation experts. And during scenario writing and deployment, students might notice abnormalities in the simulation that should be addressed that might not have been expected by faculty.

“Jessica and Leigh have been able to improve the School of Nursing’s immersive learning experiences by building a team-based approach to the creation of simulated patient scenarios,” said Abbey Elliott, assistant dean of immersive learning and innovation for the Purdue Global School of Nursing. “They have also incorporated evidence-based best practices into the simulation scenario writing process.”

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.

Purdue Global has simulation partnerships with three hospitals/medical centers: CHI Health St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska; Dallas County Hospital in Perry, Iowa; and UnityPoint Health – Jones Regional Medical Center in Anamosa, Iowa.

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Sources: Melissa Burdi

Abbey Elliott

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