Janine Hinton Joins National League for Nursing’s Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators

April 25, 2019

University of Arizona College of Nursing Clinical Assistant Professor Janine Hinton, PhD, MN, RN, CHSE, has been selected through competitive application for the National League for Nursing’s year-long Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators.

The program is one of three tracks in the NLN Leadership Institute, an initiative of the NLN Center for Transformational Leadership. The simulation faculty leadership development initiative, now in its ninth year, is designed for faculty members interested in assuming leadership roles in the research or administration of simulation programs in nursing education.

“Dr. Hinton is providing wonderful leadership for integrating simulation into our degree programs at our Tucson, Phoenix and Gilbert campuses.  Her participation in the Simulation Education Leadership initiative will further enhance her expertise and ensure that our students are receiving the best in simulated learning." ~ Ki Moore, PhD, RN, FAAN, UA Nursing Interim Dean

The 2019 Leadership Institute cohort is a group of 46 nurse-educators chosen from colleges, universities, and health-care institutions throughout the world. The 12 faculty members pursuing the Simulation Education Leadership track will study for a year under the direction of Susan Forneris, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE-A and Mary Anne Rizzolo, EdD, RN, FAAN, ANEF. Dr. Forneris is director of the NLN Center for Innovation in Simulation and Technology.

“I am happy that Drs. Forneris and Rizzolo have agreed to co-direct this important NLN initiative, working with a new group of talented emerging leaders in simulation,” said NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN.“The NLN’s Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators already has proven to be an intensive and very worthwhile learning experience that, consistent with NLN’s core values of caring, integrity, diversity, and excellence, prepares all participants to propel the science of nursing education and be visionary thought leaders for the 21st century and role models to the next generation.”

“We are delighted that Dr. Janine Hinton was selected from a national pool of applicants to participate in the NLN sponsored leadership program for Simulation Educators,” said UA Nursing Interim Dean Ki Moore, PhD, RN, FAAN.  “Dr. Hinton is the director of the College of Nursing Steele Innovative Learning Center. She is providing wonderful leadership for integrating simulation into our degree programs at our Tucson, Phoenix and Gilbert campuses.  Her participation in the Simulation Education Leadership initiative will further enhance her expertise and ensure that our students are receiving the best in simulated learning.”

Dr. Hinton serves as the Arizona Simulation Network president and on two state

focus groups. One group is updating the AZBON Advisory Opinion on use of simulation in education, while the AZNA simulation task force involves academic and clinical organizations working to improve the transition of new graduate nurses into practice. Her dissertation research involved simulation based situation awareness training and medication error reduction.

During her time as simulation coordinator at Scottsdale Community College, her team was awarded the 2014 Arizona State University President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness and the Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing 2012 Innovation Award. In collaboration with the AZBN she developed a competency-based refresher program for licensed nurses that utilizes simulation for clinical experience and competency assessment. She led nine funded simulation education projects and presented at numerous conferences. Dr. Hinton is a lead investigator for the Nursing Performance Profile (NPP) team that published three peer-reviewed articles and established a nursing competency testing process. The NPP team also proposed an empirically based nursing competency model.

Dr. Hinton’s research aspirations include developing and testing a systematic approach to sustaining nursing competency that optimizes cognitive and physical workloads through use of experiential learning and clinical support technologies.

To expand the science of nursing education, while developing their personal leadership portfolios, participants spend time engaged in varied activities that examine key issues related to simulation, then focus their efforts in an area of their choice. To kick off the program, all Leadership Institute participants attended a joint orientation session Feb. 11-12, in Washington, D.C., and simulation educators will return there June 9-12 for the annual NLN Intensive Leadership Retreat. Throughout the year, these simulation educators will be immersed in leadership development webinars; exchange ideas and best practices in simulation in private forums; review existing scholarly research; visit simulation centers around the country to evaluate resources and operations; consult with representatives of Laerdal Medical Corp. on equipment issues; contribute to a group project that is posted on the Simulation Innovation Resource Center (SIRC) website; and attend professional conferences.

G. Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAAN, NLN president and professor and associate vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion/chief diversity officer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill stated that “the complexity, interdependence, and fast pace of change that characterize all sectors of the economy and contemporary life mean that the world for all of us can be characterized as certain uncertainty. Effective and inclusive leadership has never been more important than today and a true knowledge base of how to effectuate change is a must.  I am thrilled the NLN recognizes essentials of the changing landscape of nurse education and can provide this level of cutting-edge nurse leadership development."

For more information about the Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators, please contact the program’s co-director Susan G. Forneris, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE-A at sforneris@nln.org.

About the National League for Nursing

Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education, offering faculty development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 40,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members.