Holly L. Pugh Tapped by National League for Nursing for Selective Faculty Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators

Richmond, Va., May 6, 2014—Holly L. Pugh, MSHA, BSN, RN-BC CIN CHSE, Director, Clinical Simulation Center, at Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing has been selected through competitive application for the year-long Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators, the National League for Nursing’s faculty leadership development initiative, designed for those interested in assuming a leadership role in the research or administration of simulation programs in nursing education.

The third cohort consists of 20 nurse educators chosen from colleges and universities around the United States. They will all study for a year under the direction of Pamela R. Jeffries, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF. Dr. Jeffries, the author of numerous scholarly articles on the subject and editor of the second edition of Simulations in Nursing Education: From Conceptualization to Evaluation (NLN, 2012) and Clinical Simulations in Nursing Education: Advanced Concepts, Trends, and Opportunities, is professor of nursing and vice provost for digital initiatives at Johns Hopkins University. She is internationally known for her research and work in developing simulations and online teaching and learning.

“I am delighted that Dr. Jeffries has agreed to direct this important NLN initiative for a fourth year, working with a new group of talented emerging leaders in simulation,” said Beverly Malone, CEO of the NLN. “The NLN’s Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators has already proven to be an intensive and very worthwhile learning experience that, consistent with NLN’s core values of caring, integrity, diversity, and excellence, prepares all participants to propel the science of nursing education and be visionary thought leaders for the 21st century and role models to the next generation.”

“We are thrilled that Holly was selected for this honor,” said Dr. Melanie Green, vice president and provost of Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing. “Her work as the director of our college Clinical Simulation Center is integral to our success in providing an excellent nursing education for our students. She is a proven leader who has achieved significant results for us in this area and we look forward to her continued accomplishments that serve to make our program one of true distinction.”

Ms. Pugh has a strong passion for the nursing profession and patient advocacy, with a special interest in process improvement and the utilization of computer technology to improve the efficacy of her profession. She was a principle contributor to the 2010 HRSA grant that funded the equipment purchase for the current Clinical Simulation Center. She has continued to further her knowledge base in simulation with a variety of simulation based professional development activities. She also serves on the board of the Virginia State Simulation Alliance as treasurer.

Ms. Pugh is a registered nurse. She received her associate degree in nursing from J. Sargent Reynolds Community college in 1986, a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1993, and a Master of Science in health administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007. She spent the early part of her career working in critical care nursing, primarily in the cardiac surgery subspecialty. 

To expand the science of nursing education while developing their personal leadership portfolios, participants spend time engaged in varied activities that examine key issues related to simulation then focus their efforts in an area of their choice. To kick off the program, participants meet in February in Savannah and attend the NLN Leadership Conference. Looking ahead, the group will participate in leadership development webinars; exchange ideas and best practices in simulation in private forums;

review existing 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 and post it on the Simulation Innovation Resource Center (SIRC) website; and attend conferences. Thanks to funding from Johnson & Johnson, this year’s group will also have sessions with personal coaches.

For more information about the Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators, please contact Mary Anne Rizzolo, EdD, RN, FAAN, ANEF at mrizzolo@nln.org.

Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education, offering faculty development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 39,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members.