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Simulation Awards

The VHA SimLEARN awards program includes four awards: the Excellence in Clinical Simulation Training, Education and Research Executive Leadership Award; the Excellence in Clinical Simulation Training, Education and Research Practice Award; the Excellence in Clinical Simulation Training, Education and Research Champion Award and the Excellence in Clinical Simulation Training, Education and Research Champion Award for the Resuscitation Education Initiative (REdI).

These awards recognize executive leadership, clinical practice, simulation champions and REdI champions that have significantly contributed to VHA's mission of providing outstanding clinical simulation training to the community and who have supported and advanced VHA's strategic plan. The annual awards program was established to promote and advance system-wide progress of VHA goals, objectives and strategies for the deployment of clinical simulation to improve the quality of health care for Veterans.

The deadline for nominations for the 2016 awards has passed. 

Nomination packages should include: VA 0235 form, Security Check for Candidate Requiring Approval of the Secretary, as well as both a PDF and Word version of the appropriate nomination form. Form VA0235 Security Check for Candidate Requiring Approval of the Secretary.

Click here for VHA Directive 1133 for more information regarding this awards program. 

Excellence in Clinical Simulation Training, Education and Research Executive Leadership Award. This award recognizes one VA medical facility executive leader (director, chief of staff, chief nurse executive or equivalent) or VISN executive leader (network director, deputy network director, chief medical officer) who has achieved distinction in promoting a significant component of the VHA clinical simulation training, education and research strategic plan. The actions, skills, attitudes, and values of medical center or VISN leadership significantly influence the success of clinical simulation training, education and research programs. 

Clinical Simulation Executive Leadership Award nomination

Excellence in Clinical Simulation Training, Education and Research Practice Award.  This award honors one individual who has been actively engaged in the direct provision of clinical simulation training, education and research at a VA medical facility and whose simulation-based practice has had national impact through dissemination of best practices. The recipient’s contributions to system-wide improvements in learners’ competencies and proficiencies demonstrate such excellence as to merit recognition from peers.

Clinical Simulation Practice Award nomination

Excellence in Clinical Simulation Training, Education and Research Champion Award. This award honors one individual for the successful implementation of simulation-based training and systems testing at a VA medical facility, within a VISN, or across VHA. This champion diligently briefs staff and leadership of the benefits of clinical simulation, integrates simulation into daily clinical operations where appropriate, obtains resources, develops plans and encourages, recruits and schedules staff or instructors to engage in simulation-based clinical training.

Excellence in Clinical Simulation Training, Education and Research Champion Award

Excellence in Clinical Simulation Training, Education and Research Champion Award for the Resuscitation Education Initiative (REdI). This award honors one individual for the successful implementation of the Resuscitation Education Initiative (REdI) at a VA medical facility, within a VISN, or across VHA. This champion diligently briefs staff and leadership of the benefits of focused resuscitation training, integrates simulation-based resuscitation training into daily operations where appropriate, manages resources, develops plans, and encourages, recruits, and schedules staff or instructors to engage in resuscitation training.

REdI Champion Award nomination


If you have any questions about the awards program or the nomination process, please contact Kathy Wade at kathy.wade@va.gov, or e-mail the nomination processing team at VHASimExcellenceAwards@va.gov