Insights on Being a Simulation Educator: Lessons From Elsewhere

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This year marks my 20th year as a nursing professional development (NPD) practitioner. It has been an amazing journey filled with many opportunities to learn from colleagues, students, conferences, and more. As I reflect on the past 20 years, I have compiled a top 10 list of my most treasured “truths.” Ironically, most of these truths were learned outside of the academic or professional nursing world. They are seemingly basic lessons that I gained from my secondary career as a group exercise instructor in the fitness industry during the 1990s and 2000s. Group exercise became a passion of mine that helped skyrocket my health and well-being, and I became an instructor to motivate others to achieve optimal health. Here are the insights that I gained:
Have you had other experiences teaching beyond being an NPD practitioner that have shaped how you approach your current work? What life lessons did you learn? How have you applied these lessons to your current role? Please share your reflections by e-mailing me at
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