INACSL Standards of Best Practice: Simulation℠ Simulation Design

Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 12(S), S5-S12. INACSL Standards of Best Practice: SimulationSM Simulation Design

INACSL Standards Committee (2016, December)

Simulation technologies, including the immersive e-learning clinical virtual simulations (CVS) and solutions that Healthcare Learning Innovations develops, are offering a new avenue for teaching and achieving the learning outcomes that nursing programs, clinics and hospitals strive for.


Standardized simulation design provides a framework for developing effective simulation-based experiences. The design of simulation-based experiences incorporates best practices from adult learning, education, instructional design, clinical standards of care, evaluation, and simulation pedagogy. Purposeful simulation design promotes essential structure, process, and outcomes that are consistent with programmatic goals and/or institutional mission. The design of effective health care simulations facilitates consistent outcomes and strengthens the overall value of the simulation-based experience in all settings.

All simulation-based experiences require purposeful and systematic, yet flexible and cyclical planning. To achieve expected outcomes, the design and development of simulations should consider criteria that facilitate the effectiveness of simulation-based experiences.

Potential consequences of not following this standard may include ineffective assessment of participants and inability of participants to meet identified objectives or achieve expected outcomes. In addition, not following this standard can result in suboptimal or inefficient utilization of resources when designing simulation activities.

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