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So, What’s An Infographic? Can I Use One in My Teaching?

By: Amy Kline, MA, RN, CHSE, and Molly Kellgren, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE

So, what’s an Infographic?

An infographic is a contemporary way of visually outlining information to convey a comprehensive message, using pictures with fewer words. In the last decade, the popularity of infographics has increased exponentially. Not only are infographics used to capture readers’ attention, they often make complicated information more understandable.

The NLN Center for Innovation in Simulation and Technology has created an infographic to illustrate how infographics are used to display information and to inform faculty about the resources available through this center of the NLN. Let’s explore the NLN infographic – and also consider how infographics can be used by faculty as one more strategy in the teaching toolkit to capture the attention and interest of learners.

A few weeks ago, Sue Forneris, Excelsior Director for the Center for Innovation in Simulation and Technology, shared a blog about how we need to shift away from telling our students the content to helping our students use the content. This can be a difficult shift as most educators already have full teaching loads, clinical hours, and administrative and scholarly responsibilities. It takes time and energy to recreate teaching plans to involve active teaching strategies. Fortunately, the NLN has many resources and programs available to assist faculty.

Are you looking for ways to enhance your knowledge about incorporating simulation and technology in to your classroom?

Check out the Simulation Innovation Resource Center (SIRC). SIRC was started in 2007 as a collaborative alliance between the NLN and Laerdal Medical to develop a community of nurse educators who can effectively use simulation to promote and evaluate student learning. The SIRC site offers online courses, tips and tools, online forums, and much more.

Are you looking for a way to engage your students in the classroom or lab?

Check out the Advancing Care Excellence (ACE) program. ACE is an ongoing NLN initiative to improve the quality of care for vulnerable populations. ACE programs provide free, teacher-ready teaching strategies and simulations that can be adapted to meet learning needs in a wide variety of environments including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, long-term care facilities, and community settings.

Or read about the NLN Guide for Teaching Thinking and how to incorporate critical conversations into your classrooms, labs, and clinicals to promote student learning. You can read more about how to use the NLN Guide for Teaching Thinking in the monograph by Dr. Susan Forneris and Dr. Mary Fey, Critical Conversations. From conceptualizing learning as meaning-making to the cognitive strategy of being critical and engaging learners through purposeful learning conversations, straightforward exemplars throughout the text offer a support structure to guide educators in helping students learn to think deeply and critically in any setting.

Are you looking for a way to stay current with what’s new in simulation and technology?  

Check out the NLN’s research journal, Nursing Education Perspectives. Keep up to date with important issues in nursing education with a print edition of the NLN’s peer-reviewed research journal, published six times per year by Wolters Kluwer.

Are you looking for workshops and courses to meet your faculty development goals?

The Center for Innovation in Simulation and Technology offers workshops, online programming, and courses to help you achieve success for your students. See all the different ways the NLN can help you with your students, classroom, and scholarly growth through this infographic.


Molly Kellgren, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE, works for the National League for Nursing as project manager for the Accelerating to Practice program. As a participant in the highly competitive NLN Leadership Program for Simulation Educators, Molly led a team focused on the design and implementation of a simulation faculty development toolkit. The result of this work has been published and presented at both national and international conferences. Her areas of expertise include simulation and debriefing, faculty development, and curriculum integration. Molly is currently pursuing her PhD in nursing with a focus on simulation.

Amy Kline, MA, RN, CHSE, is manager for simulation and technology Initiatives for the National League for Nursing and a faculty member and advisor for the Pediatric Simulation Training and Research Society of India.  Amy previously worked as a simulation specialist for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.  She joined that simulation team after many years of working in maternal-child and newborn nursing as well as teaching prelicensure nurses as an assistant professor. Amy is a graduate of Luther College School of Nursing and received her master’s of nursing education from St. Catherine’s University.

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