Kim Leighton

Assistant Dean of Research and Simulation Faculty Development and Associate Director of the Center for Excellence in Simulation Education for DeVry Medical International’s Institute for Research & Clinical Strategy

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Kim Leighton is the Assistant Dean of Research and Simulation Faculty Development and Associate Director of the Center for Excellence in Simulation Education for DeVry Medical International’s Institute for Research & Clinical Strategy. Kim currently serves as Chair of the Standards Committee for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL). During her term as president of INACSL she spearheaded the development of the initial Standards, published in 2011. Kim has also served as the ReWsearch Chair and on various committees. She is a facilitator for the INACSL – CAE Healthcare Simulation Fellowship program. Kim is also an active member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), serving as an abstract reviewer, and previously on the research committee. Additionally, she contributed to the work of the International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education (INSPIRE) during development of the reporting guidelines for health care simulation research.

Kim has been the primary, or co-investigator for numerous research studies all of which have been conducted without any outside funding sources. Her somewhat eclectic approach of answering questions that were just interesting in nature has evolved into a passion for evaluation tool development and psychometric analysis. Her tools include the Clinical Learning Environment Comparison Survey (CLECS) (used in the NCSBN nationwide simulation study), and the Simulation Effectiveness Tool (SET), which was modified to reflect current practice resulting in the SET-M. This tool has also been found reliable for use in medical student education when tested with standardized patient, high-fidelity, and medium-fidelity simulation experiences. The tool has been translated to Portuguese and is under consideration for study in Brazil. Kim has also collaborated to develop the Facilitator Competency Rubric (FCR), which evaluates facilitator competency in preparation activities, prebriefing, facilitation, debriefing, and evaluation of simulation-based learning experiences, and the Simulation Cultural Organizational Readiness Survey (SCORS), designed to help leadership better understand what is required prior to undertaking efforts at integrating and sustaining simulation programs.

Kim has numerous book chapters and published work to her credit and with her co-editor, currently has a new textbook in production titled “Simulation Champions: Fostering Courage, Caring, and Connections,” due out the summer of 2017. The book is designed to provide mentorship and support for new and more seasoned simulationists. Kim was inducted as a Fellow of the Academy of Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing and has received awards for Excellence in Service to INACSL and a Presidential Citation from SSH in recognition of her efforts to break down silos and build bridges between disciplines, organizations, and individuals in order to advance the field of healthcare simulation.

In her free time, you will find Kim at the beach reading if she is not off somewhere adding to her frequent flier account. She loves to travel anywhere in the world and just needs a reason to get to her last US state (Hawaii) and her last continent (Antarctica). Her interest in Roman civilization and early religious history have been fed by three trips to the Middle East just in the past year.