Virtual Simulations in Online Nursing Education: Align With Quality Matters

Kathleen Huun, PhD
Indiana State University, Department of Baccalaureate Nursing Completion, Terre Haute, IN, USA 47809, Published by INACSL


Simulation has become commonplace yet must be expanded for distance/online nursing students. Evidence-based simulation entities (e-simulations, video simulation, and telepresence simulation) provide asynchronous and synchronous options. For quality assurance, the selected modality is best when aligned with Quality Matters (QM™) standards in the form of component design standards for ease of student and faculty use. A variety of simulation modalities are reviewed for component (simulation) design to provide high-quality simulation aligned with course design, delivery, and objectives for online/distance nursing students.

The full text of this publication is available on the INACSL site. However, key points include:

  • Virtual simulation must be used effectively in online undergraduate nursing programs.
  • The QM™ framework aids in the selection and integration of virtual simulation modes.
  • Virtual simulations aligned with QM™ offer ease of implementation and evaluation.
  • Virtual simulations aligned with QM™ course/component design enhance student success.
  • Virtual simulation primes students to navigate technology-based health care systems.