Simulation Nurse Educator Interest Group Webinar

The CASN Simulation Nurse Educator Interest Group is pleased to present the following webinar session:

Webinar Title: 

Innovations in Teaching and Learning – The Use of Virtual Simulation Games (VSG) in Nursing


Games and gaming technology have moved beyond the traditional domain of entertainment since gaining popularity within healthcare education.  Limitations of VSG development included the high cost of gaming software, time commitment for development, and significant manpower including computer programmers, subject matter experts, learning theorists, game designers and instructional design specialists.  This accounts for the prohibitive cost associated with game development.  This is especially problematic as VSG are an ideal platform for Interprofessional education (IPE).  To address this issue, the authors of this workshop developed a cost-effective VSG development platform. This webinar will highlight a user-friendly approach to virtual simulation game development.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how virtual simulation games are currently used in nursing education.
  2. Explore future potential applications of virtual games as a teaching modality.
  3. Describe a user-friendly cost-effective approach to developing virtual simulation games.
  4. Discuss current research gaps and opportunities.

This free, one-hour webinar will be of particular interest to anyone working in the Canadian health care system as well as educators who use, or are interested in using or learning more about simulation learning and related instrument development approaches.


Marian Luctkar-Flude RN, BScN, MScN, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Queen’s University; Co-President, Canadian Alliance of Nurse Educators using Simulation (CAN-Sim)

Dr. Jane Tyerman RN, MScN, PhD, Professor, Trent/Fleming School of Nursing, Trent University


Leslie Graham, RN MN CNCC CHSE, Coordinator of the RPN to BScN Bridging Program, and Professor, Nursing/Adjunct Professor at the University of Ontario, Institute of Technology –Durham College (UOIT-DC)


Date:  Friday March 1, 2019

Time2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST Eastern

(11:00 a.m. PST Pacific ; 12:00 noon MST Mountain; 1:00 p.m. CST Central; 3:00 p.m. AST Atlantic; 3:30 p.m. NST Newfoundland)


About this Panel


Dr. Marian Luctkar-Flude graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1986 (BScN) and 2007 (MScN) and  Queen’s University in 2016 (PhD). She has over 20 years experience in medical-surgical nursing and over 18 years as an educator and researcher.  Dr. Luctkar-Flude is now an Assistant Professor at Queen’s University School of Nursing and Co-President of the Canadian Alliance of Nurse Educators using Simulation (CAN-Sim). She has extensive experience with high-fidelity patient simulation, interprofessional education and online learning. Her current program of research focuses on virtual simulation game design, presimulation preparation approaches, and faculty development. She develops and teaches simulation courses for the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing, Simulation Canada, and the Ontario Simulation Alliance, and delivers virtual simulation game design workshops through CAN-Sim. Dr. Luctkar-Flude was the 2016 recipient of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning Excellence in research award in recognition of her innovative research and leadership in the field of clinical simulation.

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Dr. Jane Tyerman is a Professor at the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing.  She has over 25 years of experience in acute care clinical practice and 15 years academic BScN and graduate level teaching experience.  She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa, Bachelor of Nursing from Athabasca University, and both her Master of Science and PhD from Queens University.  Dr. Tyerman has diverse experience in both nursing and interprofessional simulation curriculum and research initiatives. She continues to collaborate with the Queen’s School of Nursing and School of Medicine to deliver IPE simulation courses.  She is co-president of the national Canadian Alliance of Nursing educators using Simulation (CAN-sim) which serves as a platform for simulation collaboration among health educators. She was part of the development team for the CASN Canadian Simulation Nurse Educator Certification (CCSNE) program and currently teaches two modules within the program.  Dr. Tyerman has a strong simulation-based research portfolio with various publications and presentation focusing on nursing simulation design, development, curriculum implementation, and now virtual simulation games.  Dr, Tyerman is the current editor of Recent Advances in Technologies for Inclusive Well-Being, a virtual simulation based that will be available in 2020.  She is well-regarded in terms of simulation expertise, collaboration and visionary leadership among the simulation community.

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Dr. Leslie Graham is Coordinator of the RPN to BScN Bridging Program, and Professor, Nursing/Adjunct Professor at the University of Ontario, Institute of Technology –Durham College (UOIT-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, Ms. Graham elevates simulation as pedagogy through national and international presentations and publications.  Being a passionate educator, Ms. Graham has received several awards in recognition of excellence in nursing education. As result of early work in simulation-based education, she was the recipient of the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year.


Registration is free, but space is limited, so please register soon!

If you have any questions or would like more information about the course, please contact Julia Thomas, Education Policy Coordinator by email  or phone 613-235-3150 ext. 135.