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WISER's 4th Annual Symposium on Nursing Simulation a success
WISER's 4th Annual Symposium on Nursing Simulation a success

WISER held its Fourth Annual Symposium on Nursing Simulation on December 2nd and 3rd, 2010 at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott. WISER welcomed an international audience and guest speakers from multiple disciplines to this two day event.
This year’s symposium opened with remarks from Dr. Paul Phrampus and co-chairs John O'Donnell, RN, CRNA, DrPH and Michele Kuszajewski, RN MSN CEN. On day one, guest speakers presented on a wide range of topics including; the use of standardized patients and interprofessional communication, as well as implementing a learning system at simulation centers. The keynote speaker for Day one of the symposium was Leland Rockstraw, PhD, RN, FAAN from Drexel University, in Philadelphia PA. Dr. Rockstraw spoke on the topic of teaching and assessment in nursing simulation. The afternoon featured smaller group, break-out sessions on team building in simulation, mastery learning principles in simulation, using checklists for assessment tools and how small and large nursing groups use simulation.
Day two sessions focused on a review of the top ten simulation articles of 2010 addressed by Keynote Speaker Jeff Groom, RN, CRNA, PhD of Florida International University. Our second Keynote Speaker of the morning, Bonnie Driggers, RN, MS of Oregon Health and Science University, Portland Oregon, spoke about overcoming problems and pitfalls in building your simulation program. Other topics covered during day two were the use of moulage for you simulation, virtual patients and developing problem based simulations. The day concluded with a spirited town hall meeting.
The symposium was a success, offering participants knowledge in current simulation research, educational tools, curriculum development and implementation.