UR Nursing Earns International Endorsement for Simulation Education

  By Gianluca D'Elia
  Monday, January 23, 2023 9:15 AM
  APNN, Masters, Rankings/Awards

4 photos of students working with mannequins in the UR Nursing simulation suites and skills lab; INACSL Endorsement logo in the center of the photo.

The University of Rochester School of Nursing has received an endorsement from the International Nursing Association of Clinical and Simulation Learning (INACSL) for its simulation education programming. UR Nursing is the first New York nursing school to earn this recognition.

This news comes just a few months after the opening of the School of Nursing’s vertical expansion, a state-of-the-art facility that includes four new simulation suites, a skills lab with 15 patient beds that replicates a hospital environment; debriefing rooms with monitors for reviewing activities, and high-fidelity human simulation mannequins for a wide range of scenarios involving adult, child and infant patients.

“This endorsement demonstrates the School of Nursing’s leadership in innovative nursing education, and our commitment to creating learning experiences that prepare the next generation of nurses,” said Lydia Rotondo, DNP, RN, CNS, FNAP, Associate Dean of Education and Student Affairs. “We are proud to have a dynamic learning environment and a team of experts that prepare our nurses to respond to ever-changing health system demands.”

INACSL’s endorsement recognizes excellence in applying the organization’s four core Health Care Simulation Standards of Best Practice

  • Pre-briefing: the process that takes place before the simulation to ensure that students are prepared for the educational content and are aware of the ground rules for the simulation-based experience
  • Facilitation: providing the structure and process to guide participants to work cohesively, to comprehend learning objectives and develop a plan to achieve desired outcomes
  • Professional integrity: ethical behaviors and conduct that are expected of all participants involved in a simulation
  • Debriefing process: a planned debriefing process after a simulation experience, which may include feedback and guided reflection

“Engaging students in activities that foster critical thinking and improve clinical judgment is an important part of our curriculum,” said Director of Simulation Erin S. Baylor, DNP, RN, PNP-BC, ONP. “By providing high-quality simulation education, we equip students with the clinical skills and confidence that will set them up for success when they leave the classroom.”

Each of the newly endorsed institutions will have an opportunity to accept their award at INACSL’s 2023 Conference in Providence, Rhode Island this summer. 

Other institutions endorsed by INACSL in Fall 2022 included: 

  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Women's Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills
  • Colorado Mountain College
  • Curry College School of Nursing
  • Madison Area Technical College
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Molloy University, Barbara H. Hagan School of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Montclair State University School of Nursing
  • UCHealth
  • University of Alabama Huntsville College of Nursing
  • University of Massachusetts Boston, Manning College of Nursing & Health Sciences, Center for Clinical Education & Research
  • University of Staffordshire School of Health, Science and Wellbeing
  • University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation
  • University of Virginia School of Nursing