Simulation Education Evidence-Based Best Practices: Creating a Supportive Environment and Psychological Safety to Learner and Facilitator

May 26, 2021


This is a private course and registrations are not being accepted. 

Target Audience

Simulation center staff and clinical faculty. 

Learning Objectives

  • Incorporate three strategies to create a learning environment to promote psychological safety. 
  • Examine facilitative approaches that support learners to achieve outcomes and objectives in a simulation-based environment. 
  • Discuss three methods of pre-simulation preparation to provide foundational knowledge for the simulation experience. 
  • Create a pre-briefing script to standardize information provided to the learner. 
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 CPME
  • 1.00 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/26/2021 - 12:00pm CDT
Event ends: 
05/26/2021 - 1:00pm CDT


Leslie Graham, RN, MN, PhD(c), CNCC, CHSE, CCSNE

Ms. Graham, is coordinator of the RPN to BScN Bridging Program, and professor, nursing/adjunct professor in the Ontario Tech University –Durham College (OT-DC) Collaborative Nursing Program. Currently a doctoral student at the University of Western Ontario, where her research interests involve faculty development for simulation-based learning in nursing education. Professor Graham elevates simulation as pedagogy through national and international presentations and publications.  Being a passionate educator, Professor Graham has received several awards in recognition of excellence in nursing education, most recently INACSL’s President Award. As result of early work in simulation-based education, she was the recipient of the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year. 

Barbara Sittner, PhD, RN, APRN-CNS, ANEF

Dr. Sittner is the Simulation Center Director at Bryan College of Health Sciences in Lincoln, Nebraska. Dr. Sittner has published simulation research studies; developed scenarios for publication; led faculty workshops; mentored nurse educators nationally and internationally on the use of simulation as a teaching strategy; coordinates and teaches an international online graduate simulation certificate program. Presently she is involved with providing formalized simulation education to those who utilize simulation as a teaching/learning modality.  

As Chair of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning Standards Committee she led international, teams of simulation experts to publish the 2016 INACSL Standards of Best Practice:  SimulationSM in 2016 and the INACSL Standards of Best Practice: SimulationSM: Operations in 2017.  She was an Associate Editor for the 2016 Healthcare Simulation DictionaryTM. Her scholarship focuses on simulation pedagogy and training. 


Nehad El-Sawi, PhD

Dr. El-Sawi is assistant provost of educational innovation and enhancement at Des Moines University. She received her doctorate degree in Microbiology from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland; master of sciences from University of Dayton, Ohio and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at University of California School of Medicine at Irvine. She has completed numerous postgraduate educational advancement programs including the Harvard Macy programs for Educators in the Health Professions; and Leaders in Healthcare Education; the University of Maastricht School of Medicine Program for Expanding Horizons in Problem-Based Learning in Medicine; the AAMC Medical Education Research Certificate; and the National Association of Community Health Center training of New Medical Directors.

Dr. El-Sawi has been actively engaged in medical student education for more than twenty years and has extensive experience, at both established and new medical schools, in curriculum design, student academic assessment, program evaluation, faculty development and accreditation and is an invited faculty at Harvard Macy Institute for Educators in Health Professions program.

During Dr. El-Sawi’s career, she had the opportunity to lead a number of medical education ventures, held offices in numerous professional organizations, and chaired regional and international conference programs. Her contribution to medical education has been recognized with several awards including Missouri Governors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching and regional AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) Best Research in Medical Education Established Investigator Award.

Accreditation Statements

  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 1.0 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
  • DPM: Des Moines University (DMU) is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. DMU has approved this activity for a maximum of 1.0 continuing education contact hours.
  • Other healthcare providers: This live activity is designated for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


No commercial interest company provided financial support for this continuing education activity.


The speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have no conflict(s) with commercial interest companies to disclose:

  • Nehad El-Sawi, PhD - Activity director and moderator
  • Leslie Graham, RN, MN, PhD(c), CNCC, CHSE, CCSNE - Speaker
  • Barbara Sittner, PhD, RN, APRN-CNS, ANEF - Speaker


The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 CPME
  • 1.00 IBON


Please login or Create an Account to take this course.

This is a private course and registrations are not being accepted.