Vivian Gamblian Tapped by National League for Nursing for Selective Faculty Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators

Feb. 19, 2014

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WACO, Texas (Feb. 19, 2014) -- Vivian Gamblian, RN, MSN, coordinator of simulation at Baylor University's Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas has been selected through competitive application for the year-long Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators.

The program is 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 fourth 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, 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.

"Vivian Gamblian has spent the past years dedicating herself to developing state-of-the-art simulation facilities and experience for our students and faculty here at LHSON," said Shelley Conroy, EdD, MS, RN., who is dean and professor of nursing at Baylor University's Louis Herring School of Nursing in Dallas. "Her passion for simulation as an instructional methodology is evident to all of us here in the School, and has generated significant external funding for our simulation laboratory. Being named to NLN's Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators is a logical next step in her career trajectory --a fitting growth opportunity for both Vivian and LHSON."

Vivian Gamblian is a senior lecturer and coordinator of simulation for LHSON, where she has been a faculty member since 2006. She has more than 30 years' experience in nursing in diverse roles, including nursing faculty, staff nurse, manager, nursing consultant and nurse entrepreneur. As simulation coordinator, she works with all levels of undergraduate and graduate nursing students to develop and improve their critical thinking and psychomotor skills through the use of high-fidelity simulation experiences. Her accomplishments in this role include faculty development in simulation, embedding high-fidelity simulation across the curriculum, implementation of standardized patients for psychiatric, community and health assessment courses and incorporation of high fidelity simulation as a teaching strategy for a perioperative nursing elective course.

She has participated in international nursing experiences in Asia, Central America, and Africa over the past 15 years. Her international work includes coordination and supervision of U.S. nursing students, direct patient care, and simulation training for university and hospital nursing faculty and staff. She works with colleagues in Vietnam to incorporate simulation into Vietnamese nursing education programs.


Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.


The Baylor Louise Herrington School of Nursing was established in 1909 as a diploma program within Baylor Hospital in Dallas, which is now Baylor University Medical Center, and in 1950 became one of the six degree-granting schools of Baylor University. The first Bachelor of Science in nursing degrees were awarded in 1954, establishing the school as one of the oldest baccalaureate nursing programs in the United States. In 1999, the School was renamed the Louise Herrington School of Nursing after Louise Herrington Ornelas, a 1992 Baylor Alumna Honoris Causa, made a $13 million endowment gift to the school. The School of Nursing offers a bachelor of science in nursing degree and a master of science in nursing degrees in advanced neonatal nursing, nursing administration and management, and family nurse practitioner programs, which are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The School also offers a nurse midwifery doctorate in nursing practice.

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