Developing Simulations to Create Realism: Transition to Clinical Practice

Developing Simulations to Create Realism: Transition to Clinical Practice

This presentation will provide an overview of an essential component of simulation design: realism/fidelity. Different types of fidelity will be described along with a discussion on why this concept is important in developing and implementing your clinical-simulation scenarios. Evidence-based findings regarding reality will help to provide a better understanding and context to realism and the way nurse educators need to build, manage, and include this concept in clinical scenarios. Different types of activities and strategies on how to make your simulation scenarios more realistic will also be provided.

Session Objectives
Following this session, participants will be able to:

  • Define the types of realism
  • Describe the importance of incorporating realism into your scenarios
  • Discuss strategies to promote realism in the clinical scenarios.


Pamela Jeffries

Pamela R. Jeffries, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, Professor and Dean of George Washington University School of Nursing, is internationally known for her research and work in nursing, simulation and health care education. Throughout the academic community, she is well regarded for her scholarly contributions to the development of innovative teaching strategies, experiential learning techniques, new pedagogies and the delivery of content using technology.

As the principle investigator on grants funded by federal and state agencies and numerous national organizations, including the National League for Nursing (NLN) and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, she has provided leadership and mentorship on ground-breaking projects impacting both nursing practice and education. With the NLN, Dr. Jeffries developed the major contribution to simulation scholarship, the framework and monograph now known as the NLN Jeffries Simulation Theory.

She is a sought-after keynote speaker and delivers nationally and internationally presentations on nursing leadership and her research. Throughout her career, she has shared her expertise in clinical education, simulations and other emerging technologies as a consultant to health care organizations, corporations and publishers. Her numerous publications cover a wide-range of topics pertinent to nursing education, clinical simulations and health care policy.