Tracy Chesney from Carrington College Phoenix Westside Selected by National League of Nursing

PHOENIX– (Dec. 1, 2011) – Carrington College Phoenix Westside, a part of DeVry Inc., a global provider of educational services, is pleased to recognize Tracy Chesney, faculty member, MSN, RN, for being one of 20 nurse educators in the country selected by National League for Nursing (NLN) to participate in the Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators. The program is a year-long initiative lead by NLN for those interested in assuming a leadership role in the field of simulation in nursing education.

The nurse educators will study under the direction of Pamela Jefferies, DNS, RN, FAAN, ANEF, professor in the Department of Health Systems and Outcomes and associate dean for academic affairs at John Hopkins University School of Nursing, who is nationally known for her research and work in developing simulations and online teaching and learning. Selected through a competitive application process, the group comes from institutions around the country and represents the second cohort to participate in the program.

“The access to advanced technology in medical fields is pushing simulation and experiential learning into the forefront of nursing education,” said Chesney. “It’s an honor to be selected for the NLN Leadership Institute program and have the opportunity to work alongside such talented leaders and bring my expertise back to the clinical nursing simulation laboratories throughout the nursing program at Carrington College.”

To expand the science of nursing education related to simulation, the program encompasses a variety of activities. Program participants will have the opportunity to attend leadership development webinars, exchange ideas and best practices in simulation in private forums and conference calls, review scholarly research, visit simulation centers around the country to evaluate resources and operations, consult with Laerdal representatives on equipment issues, contribute to a group project to develop or expand the Simulation Information Resource Center (SIRC) website and attend conferences.

“It is educators such as Tracy that help bring real-world experiences to the classroom to ensure our students receive a quality education,” said Tamara Rozhon, president of Carrington College. “Her pursuit to participate in this program is a testament to the dedication to teaching and continued education that we have in the DeVry family.”

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