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Implementing the Standards of Best Practice for Simulation

Rutherford-Hemming, Tonya EdD, RN, ANP-BC; Lioce, Lori DNP, FNP-BC, CHSE, FAANP; Durham, Carol F. EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000115
Feature Articles

The Standards of Best Practice: Simulation are a resource for quality and consistency of simulation, evaluation of outcomes, and improvement of simulation programs. The Standards provide guidelines for practice and a vital framework for strategic planning, research, and faculty development. This article discusses challenges and shares approaches to enhance implementation of the Standards into practice to improve education, increase patient safety, and reduce variability in simulation experiences.

Author Affiliations: Senior Nurse Researcher (Dr Rutherford-Hemming), Nursing Research and Innovation, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio; Simulation Coordinator and Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing, College of Nursing, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, and Adjunct Faculty, CAE Healthcare Academy (Dr Lioce), Huntsville, Alabama; Clinical Professor and Director, Education-Innovation-Simulation Learning Environment School of Nursing, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Dr Durham).

Dr Rutherford-Hemming is vice president for programs, Dr Lioce is vice president for operations, and Dr Durham is president of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, which supported the development of the Standards of Best Practice: Simulation.

Correspondence: Dr Rutherford-Hemming, Nursing Research and Innovation, Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Ave, T3-17, Cleveland, OH 44195 (;

Accepted for publication: September 25, 2014

Published ahead of print: November 14, 2014

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