Simulation Week: The Future of Healthcare Simulation

Sydnee Logan
By Sydnee Logan  | 
Simulation Week: The Future of Healthcare Simulation

A diverse panel of experts talked about “The Future of Nursing and Healthcare Simulation” for Simulation Week, hosted by the new Center for Immersive Learning & Digital Innovation. Dr. Vinciya Pandian, Inaugural Assistant Dean for Immersive Learning and Digital Innovation and center director served as moderator. The week raises awareness of the impact of simulation on health care education, and promotes thought leadership about trends in the field.



  1. What has been the biggest change in the way we use simulation during the Covid-19 pandemic? How do you see these changes continuing following the pandemic? 
  2. How are you using Virtual Reality (VR) simulation, Augmented and Mixed Reality simulations and how do you think it will impact the way we deliver simulation in the future?
  3. What can we do as simulation educators to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion in simulation?
  4. What can we do as simulation educators to continue to impact patient safety in the future? 
  5. The pandemic starkly revealed issues with the availability of clinical sites. What are your thoughts on reimagining clinical nursing education in terms of clinical time vs lab or simulation time?
  6. How will the use of virtual and/or distance simulations impact nursing and health care education?


Kristen Brown, DNP, CRNP, CPNP-AC, CHSE-A, FAAN 

Dr. Kristen Brown is an assistant professor and the Director of Immersive Learning & Digital Innovation Practice at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Dr. Brown’s nursing career includes 20 years focusing on technology-driven immersive learning opportunities and 10 years addressing health care simulation. In addition to her faculty appointment, Dr. Brown is the DNP-Advance Practice Simulation Coordinator, where she established a comprehensive simulation program for advanced practice education, and the Simulation Strategic Projects Lead at the Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center. Dr. Brown has led the efforts to study and implement new technology to provide innovative solutions for distance learning, including telepresence robots, virtual simulation, and virtual reality across all programs at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.



Dr. Mindi Anderson is a Professor at the University of Central College of Nursing, as well as the Director of the Healthcare Simulation Program and STIM Research Coordinator. Her latest areas of research focus include virtual, augmented, and mixed realities and other new simulation technologies, including telehealth simulation.


Kim Leighton, PhD, RN, CHSOS, CHSE, ANEF, FAAN

Dr. Kim Leighton is Executive Director of Itqan Clinical Simulation and Innovation Center at Hamad Medical Corporation in Doha, Qatar. The Sim Center serves a multidisciplinary practitioner community and aims to expand services to the region and beyond. Kim has spent the past 18 years facilitating learning with manikin-based simulation in undergraduate and graduate nursing, medicine, and allied health programs as well as for practicing clinicians in the public and private sectors. While president of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, she led development of Standards of Best Practice: SimulationSM, endorsed by 20 interprofessional organizations, now in its fourth edition. Dr. Leighton’s research focuses on development and psychometric analysis of evaluation tools for simulation education, which have been disseminated through her website to simulationists in 82 countries. Her current work explores the effectiveness of clinical education environments. Dr. Leighton is co-editor of the award-winning book Simulation Champions: Fostering Courage, Caring, and Connection.


Kellie Dionne Bryant DNP, WHNP, CHSE

Dr. Kellie Bryant is Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs and Simulation and an Associate Professor at Columbia School of Nursing’s accredited Helene Fuld Health Trust Simulation Center. Dr. Bryant has over 20 years of teaching experience and 10 years of experience as a women’s health nurse practitioner. Throughout her career she has become an expert in the field of simulation through her experience with designing simulation centers and implementing simulation programs for two of the top-rated nursing schools in the country. In her current role she oversees the day-to-day operations and implementation of simulation-based education for all the graduate nursing and advance practice nursing students.


Nancy Sullivan, DNP, RN, CHSE

Dr. Nancy Sullivan is an assistant professor and the Director of Immersive Learning MSN (Entry into Practice) at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She is responsible for integrating and managing simulation experiences into the pre-licensure program at the School of Nursing.  Her research focuses on the use of simulation in nursing education in both academia and practice. In academia, the focus is on comparing the simulation and clinical environments with goals of informing an appropriate clinical-to-simulation ratio and designing the best use of clinical time to meet students’ needs. In practice, the focus is on improving the nursing response in the first few minutes of a cardiac arrest using rapid cycle deliberate practice simulation. She was a member of the 2015 NLN Simulation Leader cohort and worked with the American Heart Association on a project exploring the best simulation strategies for maintaining CPR competencies. She speaks locally, nationally, and internationally on simulation and resuscitation related topics.


Jennifer Arnold, MD, MSc, FAAP

Dr. Arnold, a neonatologist, serves as medical director for the Center for Medical Simulation and Innovative Education at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. The center enables training in a realistic clinical environment on high-risk or emergency situations in such configurations as a trauma center, critical care unit, patient rooms and neonatal intensive care unit. Under Dr. Arnold’s leadership, Johns Hopkins All Children’s training is expanding beyond the clinical staff and graduate medical students to include instruction for parents on how they should care for premature babies when they take them home. Previously, Dr. Arnold led the Simulation Center at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.


Desiree A. Díaz, PhD, FNP-BC, CNE, CHSE-A, ANEF, FAAN

Dr. Desiree A. Díaz is an internationally recognized scholar, researcher, and associate professor at the University of Central Florida College of Nursing. She has been a nurse educator for 17 years and was one of the first 20 people in the world to be an Advanced Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator. She completed a simulation research post-doc with Dr. Pamela Jeffries at Johns Hopkins University related to empathy and caring and recently received the inaugural Diversity, Inclusivity, and Equity Excellence Award from INACSL.



Dr. Vinciya Pandian is the Assistant Dean for Immersive Learning and Digital Innovation, director of the Center for Immersive Learning & Digital Innovation, and an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Dr. Pandian is internationally known for her clinical expertise in improving the care, safety, and quality of life of tracheostomy patients. In addition to ICUs, her research expands to the community and global settings. Dr. Pandian is passionate about educating care providers on the best multidisciplinary approaches to improving outcomes of critically ill patients. She has served as a director of practice, education, and research for the Johns Hopkins Airway Program that includes the Tracheostomy and Difficult Airway Response Programs, for which she coordinated several simulation activities, including high fidelity manikins, standardized patients, and virtual reality. Her entrepreneurial work surrounds developing, implementing, and evaluating various products and programs.


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Sydnee Logan, MA is the Sr. Social Media and Digital Content Specialist for Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She shares Hopkins Nurses with the world.

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