Participate in the CAN-Sim Research Interest Group!

Due to the number of members expressing interest in exploring research collaborations, CAN-Sim has established a Simulation Research Interest Group. This is a benefit offered to CAN-Sim full members (paid or contributing members) that aims to provide opportunities for collaboration and mentorship.

Upcoming Meetings

Thursday Aug 24, 2023 7:00-8:30 PM EDT (Toronto)

Research Interest Group Benefits

  • Monthly meetings
  • Multi-site research collaborations
  • Mentoring for research design and implementation
  • Mentoring for research presentations and publications
  • Networking with simulation researchers

Current Research Interest Group Projects


  • Debriefing the SOGI Nursing Module Faculty Interview Study
    • Lead: Erin Ziegler (Toronto Metrtopolitan University)
  • Debriefing Sensitive Topics in Simulation Study
    • Lead: Jane Tyerman (University of Ottawa)
  • Student Experiences with Virtual Simulations Scoping Review
    • Lead: Laura Killam (Cambrian College)
  • Evaluating the NP Essential Skills Virtual Simulation Series
    • Lead: Erin Ziegler (Toronto Metropolitan University)
  • Evaluating the Wound Care VSGs and V-OSCEs Multi-Site Study
    • Lead: Marian Luctkar-Flude (Queen’s University)
  • Evaluating the Responding To Racism Virtual Simulations Multi-Site Study
    • Lead: Marian Luctkar-Flude (Queen’s University)

Completed Research Interest Group Member Projects

  • Integrating Virtual Learning Experiences
    • Project Leads: Danica MacRae & Mario R. Jara (Austin Community College)
    • Mentors: Jane Tyerman (University of Ottawa) & Marian Luctkar-Flude (Queen’s University)
    • Publication: MacRae, D., Jara, M.R., Tyerman, J., & Luctkar-Flude, M. (2021). Investing in engagement: Integrating virtual learning experiences across an undergraduate nursing program. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 52, 17-32. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecns.2020.12.005
  • Effectiveness of a Virtual Asynchronous Debriefing Method to Support Clinical Decision Making
    • Project Leads: Stephanie Atthill & Deb Witmer (Georgian College)
    • Mentors: Marian Luctkar-Flude (Queen’s University) & Jane Tyerman (University of Ottawa)
    • Publication: Atthill, S., Witmer, D., Luctkar-Flude, M., & Tyerman, J. (2021). Exploring the impact of a virtual asynchronous debriefing method following a virtual simulation game to support clinical decision making. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 50, 10-18. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecns.2020.06.008
  • Pilot Testing of a Virtual Debriefing Professional Development Module for Nurse Educators
    • Project Leads: Marian Luctkar-Flude (Queen’s University) & Jane Tyerman (University of Ottawa)
    • Publication: Luctkar-Flude, M., Silva, A., Killam, L., Ziegler, E., Bruneau, J., & Tyerman, J. (In press). A virtual debriefing professional development module for nurse educators. International Journal of Healthcare Simulation.
  • Health Professional Students’ Experiences with Virtual Simulation
    • Project Leads: Laura Killam (Cambrian College) & Erin Ziegler (Toronto Metropolitan University)
    • Mentors: Marian Luctkar-Flude (Queen’s University) & Jane Tyerman (University of Ottawa)
    • Publication: 7. Killam, L.A., Ziegler, E., Kristoff, T., Silva, A., Jackson, A.J., Ross-White, A., Tyerman, J., & Luctkar-Flude, M. (2023). Health professional students’ experiences with virtual simulation: A scoping review protocol. International Journal of Healthcare Simulation. https://doi.org/10.54531/kjpu2495
  • Virtual Simulation to Teach Mental Health Concepts
    • Project Leads: Katherine Timmermans & Frances Cavanagh (Cambrian College)
    • Mentors: Marian Luctkar-Flude (Queen’s University) & Laura Killam (Cambrian College)
    • Publication: Virtual clinical simulation to teach mental health concepts: A scoping review protocol. JBI Evidence Synthesis, 21(00), 8). https://dx.doi.org/10.11124/JBIES-22-00293

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Join CAN-Sim today!

Join CAN-Sim today!

Becoming a member provides a great opportunity to network and share resources with other nurse educators and allied health professionals using simulation across Canada and internationally.