Julia Greenawalt, assistant professor in the Department of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, has been selected to take part in a national leadership program.
The yearlong Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators, an initiative of the National League for Nursing, has a competitive application process. Supported financially by Johnson & Johnson, the program is for those interested in assuming a leadership role in the research or administration of simulation programs in nursing education.
At IUP, Greenawalt spearheaded the initiative to create and establish a high-fidelity simulation laboratory at IUP.
She will join the third cohort of the program, which includes 20 nurse educators from colleges and universities around the world, including a representative from Singapore.
The group will study for a year under the direction of Pamela Jeffries, DNS, RN, FAAN, ANEF. Jeffries is editor of the second edition of Simulations in Nursing Education: From Conceptualization to Evaluation and author of numerous scholarly articles on the subject. She is a professor in the department of health systems and outcomes and associate dean for academic affairs at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and is nationally known for her research and work in developing simulations and online teaching and learning.
The intent of the leadership program is to help participants expand the science of nursing education while developing their personal leadership portfolios. The educators are engaged in varied activities that examine key issues related to simulation, and they then focus their efforts in an area of their choice.
Following an initial leadership conference in January, the group will participate in leadership development webinars, exchange ideas and best practices on simulation in private forums, review existing scholarly research, visit simulation centers around the country to evaluate resources and operations, consult with equipment representatives, work on a group project and post it on the Simulation Innovation Resource Center website, and attend conferences.
Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for leaders in nursing education, offering faculty development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants and public policy initiatives to its 37,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members.