Community College Challenges: Scholarship

Over at SimTalkBlog, there’s an article about funding challenges that simulation programs face at community colleges. The article is based on a white paper (see end of article for link) presented to the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) and the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL).

An angle of the white paper that we find interesting is about Research and Scholarship at community colleges. According to the surveyed institutions, one of the challenges in this area is that while research is important so that institutions have data to support simulation efforts, limited support exists for community college faculty participation in conferences, research, and publication.

Research

Research at community colleges is conducted at less than half of the respondents’ simulation centers or laboratories. If research is conducted, it is informal or action research, and very little of that gets published. Most community college faculty face barriers to participate in research activities. They are expected to spend most of their workload involved in classroom teaching. Very few community colleges encourage engagement in scholarship activities.

Scholarship

“All simulation faculty completeing the survey belong to at least one simulation organization.” The majority belong to only one organization, with less than 40 percent of the respondents belonging to two or more. One of the barriers is, of course, membership fees. More than half of community college simulation faculty pay out of pocket for membership fees, and most also pay at least partly out of pocket for conference attendance.

This seems like a good opportunity to remind our readers that SimPOW has no membership fees associated with it, or minimum participation rules of attendance. We hope you can join us for our next meeting, on April 14, at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Email communications@pocketnurse.com for more information!

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