Released on May 14, 2020

Associate Professor Mindi Anderson, PhD, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE, CHSE-A, ANEF, FAAN, one of the world’s leading healthcare simulation experts, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning (INACSL).

Anderson was elected to vice president of operations of INACSL, and officially will begin her two-year term on June 24, 2020. Together with the other board members, Anderson will continue to advance the science of healthcare simulation, a field that has become even more important for training clinicians and students during the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

Mindi Anderson, Healthcare Simulation, UCF College of Nursing

“In addition to its members, I believe policies and procedures are the backbone of an organization,” said Anderson, director of the online Healthcare Simulation graduate program, about the importance of her new role. “During the 15 years I have been a member of INACSL, I have personally witnessed many changes and growth in the organization and our profession. I look forward to continuing to help INACSL grow both nationally and internationally, as well as continuing to support our members.”

Anderson has previously served in several leadership roles with INACSL, including the research committee, outreach committee, vice chair of the conference planning committee, and 2019 chair of the conference planning committee. Furthermore, she has shared her expertise to help write one of the INACSL Standards of Best Practice: SimulationSM and was honored by INACSL with the Excellence in Academia Award in 2018.

Desiree Diaz and Mindi Anderson with the pediatric PVPB

An educator for 20 years, Anderson was an early pioneer in the adoption of simulation in healthcare academic settings and was one of the world’s first 20 certified advanced healthcare simulation educators. In addition to her roles at the college, Anderson holds a nurse scientist appointment at Orlando Health and recently served as president of the Faculty Association at UCF.

Her research in the field of healthcare simulation has been widely published and presented both nationally and internationally. Recently, Anderson has been part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers at UCF developing a new simulation training tool. The patented “Physical-Virtual Patient Simulator” helps to enhance the “human factor” and realism of simulation training by combining a physical human form with virtual appearance and behavior, and was recently published in the Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

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