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May 18, 2018 SSH/INACSL Simulation Regional Workshop: JUMP


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OSF Healthcare
Peoria, IL

Workshop Information

  • Registration is only $99
  • Registration will open at 7am with the workshop starting at 8am and ending at 4:30pm. Lunch will be provided.
  • Onsite registration requires credit card payment ONLY. No cash or check will be accepted for payment onsite.


Please contact the SSH Office of Continuing Education


Workshop Information

SSH and the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) will host a new Simulation Regional Workshop on the guidelines of the NCSBN National Simulation Study. The Study concluded that up to 50 percent of simulation could be effectively substituted for traditional clinical experiences under certain conditions for Prelicensure nursing students.

The workshop will explore: 

  • Creating a dialog around simulation guidelines and local regulation by the Boards of Nursing.
  • Utilizing the NCSBN Simulation Guidelines for Prelicensure Nursing Programs  within individual simulation programs.
  • Applying the INACSL Standards of Best Practice: Simulation within the development, implementation and assessment of simulation based education.
  • Using the SSH Accreditation Standards  to advance the simulation program.
  • Understanding the benefits of SSH certification(CHSE, CHSE-A, CHSOS) as a developmental pathway for simulation instructors. 
  • The benefits of membership in INACSL and SSH.

The Workshop also includes review of the study, results and subsequent guidelines for local and national implications. In addition, local simulation leaders will review the simulation standards and resources available to assist schools and/or organizations as they advance simulation in a changing regulatory environment.

The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation

Additional Workshop Information

SSH-INACSL Simulation Regional Workshop Series 2018:
Integrating Standards for Excellence

April 20, 2018
Robert Morris University
RISE Center

Meeting Location

Regional Research and Innovation in Simulation Education (RISE) Center
Scaife Hall
Robert Morris University
Moon Township, Pennsylvania
About the RISE Center
Directions to Scaife Hall


Room block being held on Thursday evening, April 19
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
Pittsburgh Airport
$109 + tax
Please ask for the INACSL Regional Meeting room block
8402 University Blvd
Moon Township, PA 15108
Doubletree by Hilton Pittsburgh Airport



Suzan (Suzie) Kardong-Edgren PhD, RN, ANEF, CHSE, FSSH, FAAN 

Suzie Kardong Edgren is a professor and Director of the RISE Center at Robert Morris University, Moon Township, PA. Dr. Edgren is a national and internationally known educational researcher, author, consultant, and the Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Clinical Simulation in Nursing, the flagship journal for the International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL). She served as the VP of Research for the INACSL. Dr. Edgren was awarded the Excellence in Educational Research award by the National League for Nursing (NLN) in 2012 and the prestigious Debra Spunt Endowed Lectureship in simulation by the NLN in 2010.


Donna S. McDermott, PhD, MSN, RN, CHSE
Donna McDermott is the department head and  assistant professor in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Robert Morris University and is certified through the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) as a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) and is a member of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL).  She is experienced in simulation design and facilitation and her area of research interest is simulation prebriefing. Her published research, The Prebriefing Concept:  A Delphi Study of CHSE Educators (McDermott, 2016) provided guidelines for preparing students for simulation learning. She has developed and initiated simulation scenarios across the curriculum in undergraduate psychiatric care of clients, undergraduate community/hospice care, and nuclear medicine ECG and IV training  using INACSL Standards of Best Practice: SimulationSM.   She has facilitated and debriefed simulation scenarios in all areas of undergraduate and graduate nursing. In addition, she initiated the Standardized Patient program at RMU and was instrumental in the RISE Center accreditation.  Donna is currently a member of the INACSL Standards committee helping to revise and develop content for the INACSL Standards of Best Practice: SimulationSM.  In addition, Donna serves as a Nurse Planner for INACSL and as a reviewer for the Clinical Simulation in Nursing journal.  

About the JUMP Simulation Center, Click Here.

Additional Workshop Information

SSH-INACSL Simulation Regional Workshop Series 2018:

Integrating Standards for Excellence

May 18, 2018
JUMP Training and Simulation Center

Meeting Location

JUMP Training and Simulation Center
OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
1306 N. Berkeley Avenue
Peoria, IL  61603


Room blocks for the meeting are currently being secured.



Melody L Bethards, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE 

Melody Bethards is full time Nursing Simulation Faculty/Simulation Coordinator at Des Moines Area Community College in central Iowa. She is responsible for coordinating and facilitating simulated clinical experiences for students in the Practical Nursing, Associate Degree Nursing, Respiratory and Paramedic Programs at Des Moines Area Community College. Melody obtained a Master’s Degree in Nursing Education from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and has a Graduate Certificate in Simulation Education from Bryan LGH College of Health Sciences in Lincoln, Nebraska. She currently attending Walden University in pursue of a Doctorate in Education.  Melody is a Certified Nurse Educator and a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator. Melody was selected as one of the NLN’s 2011-2012 Simulation Leaders and a 2012 NLN HITS Scholar. Melody has published simulation related journal articles and has presented at local, regional, and national conferences on a variety of simulation topics.

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Leann Horsley, PhD, RN, CHSE, CNE
Leann Horsley, PhD, RN, CHSE, CNE is an Assistant Dean at South Dakota State University College of Nursing and the Lead Nurse Planner for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL).  She is a Certified Nurse Educator, Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator, and TeamSTEPPS Master Training.  Her areas of interest and research are in the use of clinical simulation with interprofessional education and collaborative practice to improve patient safety and outcomes.  Dr. Horsley is a nursing leader and scholar with numerous publications and presentations on the local, national, and international level.


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