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WISER hosts 2nd Annual Symposium on Nursing Simulation
WISER hosts 2nd Annual Symposium on Nursing Simulation

On Thursday, December 4, 2008, WISER hosted the Second Annual Symposium on Nursing Simulation at the Pittsburgh Marriot City Center. An international audience of nearly two hundred participants attended this two-day event. National and international leaders in simulation education presented during the morning sessions on both December 4th and 5th. Morning presentations on both days were followed by expert led interactive simulation sessions.
The symposium opened with remarks by Tamra Merryman, Chief Quality Officer and CEO SimMedical, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center followed by a presentation by Dr. Paul Phrampus, Director of WISER and John O'Donnell, CRNA, MSN, Associate Director, Nursing Programs WISER who spoke on "Debriefing in Simulation - Using a Structured and Supported Model".
Featured December 4th guest speakers included: Nigel Wynne, Senior Academic, Birmingham City, Birmingham, England, Helen Burns, PhD RN, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical Education, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, and Valerie Howard, EdD RN, Associate Professor and Simulation Coordinator, Robert Morris University.
Following the morning activities on December 4th, 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 speakers an opportunity to showcase simulation products and initiatives as well as offering participants an up close view of simulation integration in education and clinical practice. The featured topics included:
  • Metrics for Nursing Simulation Education
  • Just in Time and Point-of-Care Simulations
  • Breaking Down Silos: Mixing the Disciplines
  • Simulator from Box to Bed
  • Nursing Simulation Course Examples: What's in the Box?
On Friday, December 5th the symposium opened with presentations by Richard Kyle, BSE, MS, Director of Patient Simulation, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD; Jeff Groom, CRNA, PhD, Florida International University, Miami Shoals, FL and Sharon Decker, RN, PhD, Professor and Director of Clinical Simulations, Texas Tech University of Health Sciences, Lubbock, TX.

The symposium concluded with a variety of workshops designed to provide practical application concepts in simulation education. The workshop presentations included:

  • Multidisciplinary Approaches in Instructor Development: A Recipe for Success
  • What's New in Simulators and Curriculum: Laerdal 3G and Sim NuB and Harvey Nursing Curriculum

  • Simulator - 60K, Simulation Center - 500K, Working Curriculum - PRICELESS
  • Reading, Writing, and Research: The Pathway to Scholarly Success in Simulation
Two concurrent post symposium programs were held at WISER on Saturday, December 6th and Sunday, December 7th: "Healthcare Simulation: Instructor Development Program" (a collaborative effort of WISER and the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education at the University of Miami) and The SimMan Programming Course for Nurses hosted by experts at WISER.

The symposium and post-symposium programs were a huge success and the planning for next year's symposium has already begun. Please check the WISER website for further information in spring 2009.

Keynote speaker Nigel Wynne presents on the question "Is Simulation the Future of Nursing Education?"
Val Howard discusses how simulation compares with other educational methods
John O'Donnell simulates an IV injection in the round robin session "Metrics for Nursing Simulation Education"
Tom Dongilli and Susan Lucot discuss "Just in Time" and "Point of Care" simulation
Richard Kyle leads a break out session