By Suzan Kardong-Edgren, PhD, RN, ANEF, CHSE, FSSH, FAAN
I am writing this foreword as the extended fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect education and healthcare in nations around the world, in ways we are all still trying to understand. Thank goodness simulation educators have been honing their craft for the past 20 years and were ready to step into the breach and take up the slack at an unprecedented time in modern history.
No one expected a “black swan” event that would force so many health professions students out of their clinical practice environments. The same is true for many of their clinical educators, who may have been aware of simulation but never practiced it. Countless educators are suddenly being thrust into the simulation arena with little or no preparation. Many are literally one step ahead of their students. Thus, the timing for a second edition of Mastering Simulation: A Handbook for Success couldn't be better!
This book is a one-stop shop for both novice and experienced simulation educators to gain or refresh foundational simulation knowledge. This text is edited by three of our most experienced educators and leaders in healthcare and simulation: Janice Palaganas, Beth Ulrich, and Beth Mancini. The editors have assembled some of the best simulationists in the field to provide updated chapters that seamlessly take the reader through simulation history, basic theory and practice, various uses of simulation, increased professionalization of the discipline through certification, and careers in simulation. They end with a glimpse into the future of simulation—a future that experienced simulationists knew would eventually come but maybe not in this way. It is a future made all the brighter because simulation was well positioned to provide an alternative to traditional educational methods in this unprecedented time.
-Suzan Kardong-Edgren, PhD, RN, ANEF, CHSE, FSSH, FAAN
Nurse Scientist, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Ft. Worth and Frisco, Texas
Senior Fellow, Center for Medical Simulation, Boston, Massachusetts