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WISER Hosts 5th Annual Nursing Symposium

On Thursday May 24th and Friday May 25th, WISER hosted the 5th Annual Nursing Symposium at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott.  Over the one and a half day event, there were over 200 participants, speakers, and vendors in attendance.  In addition to the traditional lecture format, this year all participants attended four break-out sessions in a round robin format.

The opening day presentations during the morning of day one were:

  • "Publish or Perish: Getting Your Simulation Results Published," by Suzie Kardon-Edgren, PhD, RN from the Washington State University
  • "Inter-Professional Simulation: Why You Need It," presented by Mary Beth Mancini, PhD, BSN, MSN with the College of Nursing at The University of Texas, Arlington
  • "Inter-Professional Simulation: Why You Need It," presented by Mary Beth Mancini, PhD, BSN, MSN with the College of Nursing at The University of Texas, Arlington
  • "The Role of Simulation in Bridging the Preparation to Practice Gap," presented by Michelle Kelly, RN, ICC, BSc, MN with the University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Afternoon breakout sessions of day one were:

  • "Debriefing: One Size Does Not Fit All," joint presentation by Paul Phrampus, MD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and Director of WISER, and John O'Donnell, DrPH, CRNA, MSN, with the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
  • "Enhancing Your Simulation: Building Supplemental Course Material," presented by Benjamin Berg, MD with the University of Hawaii, Valerie Howard, EdD, MSN, RN, Robert Morris University School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA and Michelle Kelly, RN, ICC, BSc, MN, with the University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  • "Hospital based Simulation and Competency Assessment for the Professional Nurse: by Michaelle Callihan, DNP, FNP-BC, BSN with Temple University Physicians, Philadelphia, PA, Debra Shane, RN, BNS, SANE-A with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA and Karen Stein, MSED, RN, CCRN with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Magee, Pittsburgh, PA
  • "Simulation in the Hospital Setting from CE's to R3s (Recruit, Retain and Risk Management)" presented by Jeffrey Groom, PhD, CRNA with Florida International University, Miami, FL, Mary Beth Mancini, PhD, BSN, MSN with the College of Nursing at The University of Texas, Arlington and Suzie Kardon-Edgren, PhD, RN from the Washington State University

At the conclusion of the presentation on day one, Laerdal Medical Corporation hosted a "Solutions Bar" for all participants.

The agenda for day two was highlighted by presentations from Jeffrey Groom on the "5th Annual Top 10 Review of Simulation Literature."  This was followed by Valerie Howard's presentation on "INACSL Standards: What They Mean to You as a Simulation Educator."  Next, Pamela Jeffries, DNS, RN, ANEE, FAAN with the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD presented "Decreasing Clinical Time with Simulation: Fact or Fiction."  Wrapping up the Symposium was John O'Donnell and Pat Campbell, MSN, RN with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Passavant, Pittsburgh, PA conducting a joint presentation describing "Rapid Development of Hospital Based Sim Programs."

WISER would like to acknowledge the following vendors for their support and participation at this year's Symposium:

  • Simulaids/Worldpoint
  • iSys Global Solutions
  • Pocket Nurse
  • Laerdal Medical - Gold Sponsor
  • Gaumard Scientific Company, Inc.
  • National League for Nursing, Inc.
  • UPMC Nursing Recruitment
  • B-Line Medical
  • Turning Technologies
  • CAE Healthcare
  • Silpada Designs Jewelry
  • RMU RISE Leadership in Simulation Certificate Program / RMU Nursing Programs
  • WISER

The Symposium was very well received by all participants, who also were eligible to receive a maximum of 10.5 contact hours of continuing nursing education through the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, an accredited provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Some of the comments received by WISER on the course evaluations were:

Re: Suzi Kardong-Edgren's presentation:
"Her passion for writing can be felt. Well done."

Re: Sandra Rader's presentation:
"By far the most applicable presentation in conference.  Incredible delivery, unique and motivational content."

Re: Dr. Paul Phrampus' presentation:
"Very informative and fun! Scenario was great!"

Re: Overall  impression:
"The most pertinent, highly developed, well-run, well supported conference I've ever been to."

"Great conference!  I will be back. It was so nice to hear the expertise! Thank you!"

Throughout the Nursing Symposium, WISER hosted an "Ask the Specialist" display where participants were able to speak with the Simulation Specialists from WISER to ask questions regarding simulators (which were on display) and processes WISER utilizes during simulation classes at the Institute.