President’s Message: State of the Nursing Science Review of the National League for Nursing–Jeffries Simulation Framework: YOUR Help Is Needed!
Greetings, INACSL members! I want to let you know about an exciting project that will be highlighted during our 2012 INACSL conference in San Antonio, Texas. During the past year, a team of nursing simulation researchers representing 19 colleges and universities, including 2 international sites, conducted a structured analysis of the National League for Nursing–Jeffries Simulation Framework. The goals of the study were to define and refine the major concepts of the framework; to evaluate existing research evidence to determine the possibility of movement of the framework to theory status, providing testable hypotheses; and to advance the science of nursing simulation. The five concepts identified in the original framework include teacher, student, educational practices, simulation design characteristics, and outcomes, and these concepts will be critically evaluated and analyzed by each research team. The research team conducted this landmark work under the direction of the primary investigator, Dr. Patricia Ravert, and the study theoreticians, Dr. Jennifer Gray and Ms. Jane Paige. I’d like to personally thank the many contributors to this project, Dr. Ravert for her leadership, and the National League for Nursing for providing funding assistance through a research grant to offset the costs of this endeavor.