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

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, May 11, 2012

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 NPD specialists
Most, if not all, nursing professional development (NPD) specialists incorporate simulation as part of their education programs. Simulation can be very sophisticated, using highly advanced technological equipment, or simple, using basic resources to achieve education goals. Whatever your simulation capabilities, it is helpful to know about organizations that are devoted to simulation education. These organizations provide limitless resources, including professional journals, to help you design effective simulation education. The following is information about two such organizations:

  • The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH): The mission of SSH is to lead "facilitating excellence in (multi-specialty) healthcare education, practice, and research through simulation modalities." SSH was established in January, 2004 and has a membership of more than 3,000. It sponsors education conferences and events, posts news briefs, offers a career center, and publishes a newsletter and bi-monthly journal, Simulation in Healthcare. Access the society's web site at
  • The Society for Modeling & Simulation International (SCS): SCS, an international society, was established in 1952 dedicated to advancing the use of modeling and simulation to solve real-world problems. The SCS has a database of education resources and publishes several journals and newsletters. It also has a digital library. The SCS membership represents a variety of professions from industry, academia, and government. Access the SCS at

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