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Simulation Education Solutions for Nursing

Laerdal and the National League for Nursing, your trusted advisers for achieving simulation excellence

Laerdal and the National League for Nursing are your partners for education and support. Our team of experts with a know-how for improving nursing education outcomes can help you develop your program to achieve successful high-quality simulation. Throughout your journey, we surround you with a support system to help you meet industry standards and best practices, improve simulation outcomes, and achieve excellence in simulation.

How do you achieve high quality simulation?

A recent study showed that 96% of all accredited nursing schools use simulation in some form. These same schools  struggle with:

  • Curriculum integration and limited utilization
  • Faculty preparedness in methodology and debriefing
  • Program support and sustainability
  • Limited quality clinical experiences

Comprehensive assessment

Expert trained advisors will conduct a series of on-site meetings, interviews, and surveys with your team to evaluate your institution.

The Assessment provides an opportunity to collect and analyze information and data, as well as explore and understand the needs and existing resources in your nursing program. This analysis is used as the impetus to the implementation phase of the program with the intent of helping improve simulation utilization within your nursing program and in particular, improving student learning.

Expectations of Assessment phase:

Assessment of your entire program and education practices, use of simulation methods, and operations using a combination of electronic and on-site facilitated assessments based on industry standards and best practices

Recommendations for program success:

  • Align strategy for your simulation program to organizational initiatives
  • Identify barriers and solutions for successful simulation
  • Reinforce industry standards and best practices
  • Build on existing simulation-based efforts and facilitate utilization
  • Develop a roadmap for success and sustainment


A key success factor in building a successful and sustainable simulation program, is tailoring the scope of the implementation to address the teaching, program infrastructure, curriculum, debriefing methods, and clinical environment.

Successfully implementing the Simulation Education Solutions for Nursing (SESN) program is a custom process for each institution that occurs in multiple stages of planning, purposeful action, and evaluation. Your nursing program will need to be committed to the implementation process for long-term sustainable results. 

During the implementation phase a Laerdal Success Manager will work with you to identify, plan, and execute recommendations for a successful simulation program. This customized implementation plan for success is developed based on assessment findings grounded in industry best practices.

Expectations of Implementation Phase:

  • Actionable guidance for improved operations
  • Management systems and sustainment practice

NLN endorsed professional development workshops

Workshops are available in the areas of: 

  • Simulation Pedagogy
  • Curriculum Integration
  • Debriefing
  • Teaching with Scenarios

Learn more about NLN Workshops

Pulse Check

Pulse Check is the time to take the pulse of your simulation program, adhere to business success tools and make a lasting, effective change.

Organizational culture, leadership, and staff need to be nurtured and maintained. The involvement of dedicated Success Managers assigned to your nursing program in a continuous sustainment loop with your institution is critical. During this stage, a series of pulse checks deliver a quality assurance mechanism to evaluate program outcomes. This will facilitate assessing the effectiveness and quality of the program.

Expectations of Pulse Check Phase:

  • Guides you through the implementation as well as sustainability in a long-term relationship
  • Builds a dashboard of quality improvement process measures driven through data collection and regular reporting methods to shareholders and leadership
  • Continued engagement and commitment to ongoing improvement
  • Regular assessment of business and educational goals
  • Coaching on simulation-based training with a focus on metrics

SESN - Designed to address the needs identified in the NCSBN Guidelines

October 2015 The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) published National Simulation Guidelines for Prelicensure Nursing Programs based on the knowledge gained from the 2014 NCSBN National Simulation Study in conjunction with industry research and the INACSL Standards of Best Practice: SimulationSM .  “This article presents those guidelines, evidence to support the use of simulation, and information for faculty and program directors on preparation and planning for using simulation successfully in their nursing programs” (Journal of Nursing Regulation, October, 2015).

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