From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, October 21, 2011

Editor's note: This feature is written by nursing professional development expert Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN. Each week, Adrianne writes about an important issue in the area of professional development or answers reader questions. If you have a question for Adrianne, e-mail her at

Simulation resources for Nursing Professional Development Specialists

Simulation as a means of providing continuing education is growing with the rapidity of other technological advances. Historically, simulation has been used to enhance psychomotor skills, particularly in the event of emergency preparedness, critical care situations, and surgical and diagnostic procedures.

More recently, however, simulation is being used to enhance communication skills and promote team building. The current emphasis on promoting a positive work environment and the positive effects such an environment has on patient care demands that we use simulation techniques to enhance interpersonal, as well as psychomotor, skills. But, as in most situations, we don't have a lot of time to locate resources to help us. So, here are some resources to help you augment your own simulation efforts:

  • Kisner, T., & Johnson-Anderson, H. (2010). Simulation on a shoestring budget. Nursing2010, 40(8), 32-35.
  • Klipfel, J., et al. Using high-fidelity simulation to develop nurse-physician teams. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 42(8), 347-357.
  • The Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. The official journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Information is available at
  • Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). Established in January, 2004, the SSH was established to represent educators and researchers who utilize a variety of simulation techniques for education, testing, and research in healthcare.

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