Simulation Council

The NCNA Board of Directors approved the formation of the Simulation Council in October 2009 in response to the great interest of members regarding simulation learning modalities, including Human Patient Simulators (HPS), task trainers, virtual reality, serious games, and standardized patients.

The NCNA Sim Council provides networking opportunities for simulation education professionals from academic and practice settings across the state of North Carolina.  The council serve as a resource for the latest information regarding best practices, professional development, certification as well as other issues related to simulation.

NCNA Simulation Council Mission Statement:

The North Carolina Nurses Association Simulation Council exists to advance simulation-based education to improve patient outcomes by fostering safe, culturally sensitive, competent patient care across diverse populations. The Council’s primary goal is to promote networking that supports the standards of best practice in simulation to develop sound clinical judgment for nursing practice.

Interested in joining the Simulation Council? We would love to have you! NCNA members can join any council by updating their profile. Click on the “Account” tab, then choose “Personal Info” on the left side of the page, and scroll down to choose the councils you wish to join. Don’t forget to hit “Save” at the bottom! If you have any questions, feel free to email us at

Council Officers:

Chair | Kathy Spade, Wake Technical Community College

Vice Chair | Tina Scott, North Carolina Central University

Secretary | Rebecca Gurley, High Point University

Communications Manager | Elise Thompson, University of North Carolina - Wilmington


Highlighted Activity

One initiative of the Sim Council is to increase the number of educators in North Carolina who hold the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) credential offered through the Society of Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).  This certification denotes an appropriate level of faculty development as recommended by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Position Statements

July 2019: North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA) Position Statement on Simulation-Based Education to Respond to Opioid Overdose including Naloxone Administration Training in Academic and Practice Settings

April 2019: North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA) Position Statement on
Resources and Recommendations for Directors of NC Nursing Programs