METHOD A comprehensive review of the evolution of INACSL Standards of Best Practice: Simulation was conducted using journal publications, the INACSL website, INACSL member survey, and reports from members of the INACSL Standards Committee.
CONCLUSION As the use of simulation-based experiences increases, the INACSL Standards of Best Practice: Simulation are foundational to standardizing language, behaviors, and curricular design for facilitators and learners.
INACSL recognizes that to advance the science of simulation as a teaching methodology, there is a need to identify and share best educational practices in the design, conduct, and evaluation of simulation activities.
The quest to develop Standards of Best Practice (SoBP): Simulation by INACSL has been an iterative and evolving process.
A survey of INACSL members identified the priorities to be targeted for standards development.
In 2011, the INACSL Board of Directors published the first Standards of Best Practice: Simulation.
Considering how labor-intensive the work involved was, the president of INACSL appointed a task force to oversee the revision and addition of guidelines for each standard (Borum, 2013).
As a member of SSH's Terminology and Concepts Task Force, INACSL has shared terminology documents and continues to be actively involved in standardizing a common language.
However, only 36 percent (n = 62) indicated they had a policy regarding adherence to the INACSL SoBP: Simulation in their simulation center.