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.


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: Gail Auten
Vice Chair: Kathy Spade
Secretary: Susan Bryant
Members-at-Large: Lisa Tardo-Green and Robin Cunningham

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