On Friday, December 7, 2007, WISER hosted the First Annual Symposium on Nursing Simulation. An international audience of more than three hundred participants—including nurses, nurse educators, nursing school administrators and researchers—attended this all-day event. The morning of the symposium featured presentations by leaders in simulation and nursing education. These presentations were followed by interactive simulation sessions in the afternoon. The event was held at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry, PA.
The day began with introductory talks by Dr. Paul Phrampus, Director of WISER and Tamra Merryman, Chief Quality Officer and Vice President, Center for Quality Improvement and Innovation, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Phrampus spoke on “What it means to be a Nurse Champion” and Ms. Merryman continued with “Quality Improvement and Innovation: The Role of Simulation”.
The morning also included two keynote speakers: Pamela Jeffries, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, Indiana University School of Nursing, and John O’Donnell, Associate Director of Nursing at WISER. Ms. Jefferies presented “Evidence-Based Teaching Using Simulation: Producing the Outcome Desired.” John O’Donnell’s talk, “Historical Background, Terminology and Myths in Simulation Education”, engaged the audience with a variety of media, including interactive questions with automated display of audience responses in real-time.
The rest of the morning featured talks by Joseph Goode, Instructor, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing: “Stealthy Ways: Integrating Research into Your Curriculum”; Beth Kuzminsky, Curriculum Development Manager, WISER: “Curricular Innovations for Professional Nursing” and Ross Scalese, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Assistant Director, Division of Research Technology, University of Miami: “Nurses Meet Harvey: The World’s Most Famous Cardiopulmonary Simulator”.
Following the morning activities, the afternoon was filled with interactive round robin sessions, each designed to provide a concise but robust overview of topics central to the use and deployment of simulation in nursing and how simulation can enhance nursing education. These sessions offered participants a wide range of experiences, from a live demonstration of telesimulation that enabled participants the ability to view, interact with and control a simulation session in Hawaii from the comfort of a conference room in snowy Pittsburgh (WISER to SimTiki), to an interactive living-laboratory exploration of the challenges in establishing standardized performance metrics for even simple tasks (If an Orange Works, Use an Orange). The topics covered and the individuals who led the workshops were:
Symposium participants were also able to tour the UPMC Simulation Medical and Resource Training (SMART) Unit onsite. The SMART Unit is a large mobile learning laboratory that combines state-of-the-art audiovisual and simulation technology for training purposes with the multi-use capability to function as a care facility for disaster response, community health screenings and medical coverage for special events.
Based on participant feedback the symposium was a huge success and the planning for next year’s symposium has already begun. Please check the WISER website for further information in the near future.