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WISER Hosts 3rd Annual WISER Nursing Symposium at Pittsburgh Airport Marriott
WISER Hosts 3rd Annual WISER Nursing Symposium

The Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research (WISER) held the Third Annual Symposium on Nursing Simulation on December 3rd and 4th at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott. WISER welcomed an international audience and guest speakers from multiple disciplines to this two day event.
The symposium opened with remarks from Dr. Paul Phrampus and co-chairs Dr. John O'Donnell and Michele Kuszajewski. On day one, guest speakers presented on a wide range of topics including the impact of simulation on the front-line, patient safety culture, legal issues surrounding simulation education, best practices and simulation from the leadership perspective which was lead by Keynote Speaker Pam Jeffries of Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. The afternoon featured smaller group, break-out sessions on faculty development, structured and supported debriefing and creating a leadership buy-in. The day concluded with a town hall meeting.

Day two sessions focused on a review of the top ten simulation articles of 2009 by Keynote Speaker Jeff Groom of Florida International University, the use of educational technology in simulation, obtaining funding and support for simulation in the clinical setting, and publishing professional articles related to simulation. Also on day two, brief course snapshots provided participants with information on successfully implemented simulation trainings. Courses discussed included:

  • OB Crisis Team Training
  • Simulation Education for Emergency Nurses
  • In Situ: The First Five Minutes
  • Crisis Team Training
  • Heart Code BLS
  • Preventing Back Injury
  • Pediatric Simulation

The symposium was a success, offering participants knowledge in current simulation research, educational tools, curriculum development and implementation

The total list of presenters included:
Benjamin Berg, MD University of Hawaii
Alice Blazeck, RN, DNSc University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
Helen Burns, RN, PhD University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
Tom Dongilli, Cer AT WISER
Laura Fero, RN, PhD University of North Carolina
Jeffrey Groom, PhD, CRNA Florida International University
Val Howard, RN, PhD Robert Morris University School of Nursing
Pam Jeffries, RN, DNS, FAAN Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
Suzie Kardong-Edgren, RN, PhD Washington State University
Brian Keller, CRNA, MSN Captain Army Nurse Corps University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
Rick Kidwell, JD UPMC Corporate
Michele Kuszajewski, RN, MSN, CEN STAT MedEvac
Connie Lopez, RNC, MSN, CNS Kaiser Permanente Program Office
Holly Lorenz, RN, MSN UPMC Presbyterian
Susan Lucot, RN, MSN UPMC
Pat Messmer, RN, PhD, FAAN Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics
Geoffrey Miller, EMT-P University of Miami
Nicolette Mininni, RN, MEd, CCRN UPMC Shadyside
John O'Donnell, CRNA, MSN, DrPH University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
Paul Phrampus, MD WISER
Dave Rodgers, EdD, EMT-P Healthcare Simulation Strategies
Hollee Russell, RN, BSN, PHRN STAT MedEvac
Aimee Smith, BS WISER
Karen Stein, RN, MSN, MSEd, CCRN UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital
Fred Tasota, RN, MSN UPMC Presbyterian

Dr. Paul Phrampus, Director of WISER, gives opening remarks for this year's WISER Nusing Symposium
Day 1 Keynote Speaker Pam Jeffries presents on "Best Practices in Simulation Education."
Nursing Symposium Co-Chair, Dr. John O'Donnell, leads a breakout session on "Structured and Supported Debriefing"
Keynote Speaker Jeff Groom talks about "The Top 10 Simulation Articles for 2009"
Dr. Pat Messmer of Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics at Kansas City, MO discusses how to get financial support for simulation