INACSL Standards of Best Practice for simulation: Past, present, and future

Barbara J. Sittner, Michelle L. Aebersold, Jane B. Paige, Leslie L.M. Graham, Andrea Parsons Schram, Sharon I. Decker, Lori Lioce

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Aim: To describe the historical evolution of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning's (INACSL) Standards of Best Practice: SimulationSM. Background: The establishment of simulation standards began as a concerted effort by the INACSL Board of Directors in 2010 to provide best practices to design, conduct, and evaluate simulation activities in order to advance the science of simulation as a teaching methodology. Method: A comprehensive review of the evolution of INACSL Standards of Best Practice: Simulation was conducted using journal publications, the INACSL website, INACSL member survey, and reports from members of the INACSL Standards Committee. Results: The initial seven standards, published in 2011, were reviewed and revised in 2013. Two new standards were published in 2015. The standards will continue to evolve as the science of simulation advances. Conclusion: As the use of simulation-based experiences increases, the INACSL Standards of Best Practice: Simulation are foundational to standardizing language, behaviors, and curricular design for facilitators and learners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)294-298
Number of pages5
JournalNursing education perspectives
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2015


  • Clinical
  • Interprofessional education
  • Nursing education
  • Simulation standards

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Education


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