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Simulation Education Solutions for Nursing

Tailored to Address the Needs of Your Nursing Program

Teaching nursing using simulation has been proven to be as effective as traditional clinical methods when faculty have the needed skills and resources. Simulation Education Solutions for Nursing (SESN), developed by the National League for Nursing’s Center for Innovation in Simulation and Technology and Laerdal Medical, helps schools and programs successfully implement highly effective simulation training for nursing students.

Along with  NLN and Laerdal expertise, SESN incorporates the INACSL Standards of Best Practice: SimulationSM , the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) Standards, and the guidelines produced by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) in its landmark simulation study.


Manage Your Success with SESN

Comprehensive Assessment
Collect and analyze data to explore your program’s existing resources and future needs. This information serves as an impetus to the implementation phase of the program.

During the implementation phase, a Laerdal Success Manager will work with you to identify and execute recommendations for a successful simulation program that leads to improved student learning. Your customized plan is based on assessment findings grounded in industry best practices.

Pulse Check
Your dedicated Success Manager will guide you through the implementation and help sustain your simulation program. During this stage, a series of pulse checks deliver a quality assurance mechanism to evaluate program outcomes and assess the effectiveness of the program.

Every Nursing Program Is Unique; Learn How to Optimize Yours

Pre-recorded webinar June 2017, by Susan Gross Forneris PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE-A

This one-hour webinar explored how nurse educators can maximize the use of simulation to accelerate nursing education. During this webinar we discussed how to think differently about simulation programs, reviewed skills needed to align industry best practice with your nursing programs, and identified the gaps. In addition, the webinar provided updates on the NLN Simulation Education Solutions for Nursing (SESN) program framework.

Webinar Question and Answer Session 

  • What are some different options for providing simulation training for faculty?

  • Do all faculty need to be trained in simulation and debriefing and how can I conduct simulations when not everyone has been formally trained?

  • What resources are available for simulation funding or for updating a simulation lab?

  • Do you have suggestions for someone just starting in research related to simulation?

  • What tools are available to help evaluate students during a simulation experience?

  • Are there any group discussions or forums that are for simulation educators?

  • Are there simulation certification programs available for educators?

  • How much pre-simulation time should we design to prepare learners for the simulation?

  • Should the learning objectives be revealed to the student before beginning a simulation?

  • Are there any guidelines around staffing for simulation and faculty roles in simulation?

  • What is the best way to determine what level of fidelity and which equipment are needed for different simulations?

  • How many students are recommended for each simulation experience?

  • Should there be some form of simulation in every course?

  • What is vSim?

  • How might simulation be used in supporting newly graduated entrance to practice RNs transition to first acute care job?

  • Is reflective writing after a simulation experience appropriate for evaluation?

  • What is a good resource for high quality simulation scenarios?

  • Is there a resource for integrating technology to program lung or heart sounds when using standardized patients in simulation?

  • Should facilitators video tape all simulations in order to have high quality debriefing sessions?

  • What was the exact research question of the NCBSN study?

  • Is the NCSBN considering integrating simulation into the RN license examination?

  • Will accreditation of simulation centers be required by the State Boards following the NCSBN study?