Richard A. Henson Medical Simulation Center
The Medical Record: Simulation Education for Improved Professional Practice | Spring 2018
Toolkits to Enhance Communication Skills
Leadership Development in Nursing Students and Registered Nurses on the Eastern Shore of Maryland
A series of web-based toolkits with integrated Standardized Patient Experiences (SPEs) designed to enhance collaboration, conflict management, and advocacy skills in nursing will be developed and made available to partner hospitals for use in new graduate orientation/residency programs and ongoing staff development. Drs. Debra Webster and Lisa Seldomridge, co-PIs, were recently awarded ~$2M from the Maryland Higher Education Nurse Support Program-II. They are working with colleagues from Nursing (Drs. Katie Hinderer, Dorothea Winter, and Judy Jarosinski and Professor Amanda Willey), Respiratory Therapy (Dr. Robert Joyner), and counseling (Professor Lorraine Henry) to create toolkits with learner objectives, video vignettes enacted by standardized patients (SPs) demonstrating effective/ineffective communication, activities to encourage critique/practice/refinement of new skills, facilitation tips for educators, and references.
Three themes, preparing for an interprofessional workplace, interacting with diverse populations, and dealing with common behaviors that arise in stressful work environments, will be integrated within all toolkits. Scenarios enacted by SPs will feature several types of interactions including nurse-patient/family, nurse-nurse or nurse-other health professional, and superior-subordinate. New SPE activities focusing on collaboration, conflict management, and advocacy will be integrated into two existing psych/mental health toolkits Professional Communication and Professional Boundaries and Managing Hallucinations and Delusions, and disseminated to all Maryland nursing programs. The entire leadership toolkit series will be shared with clinical partners, Atlantic General Hospital, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, and University of Maryland Shore Regional Health (Dorchester, Easton, and Chestertown campuses) for use with staff in onboarding and professional development activities.
New Continuing Education Experiences for ES FAMI Participants
The Eastern Shore Faculty Academy & Mentoring Initiative (ES-FAMI), e’s nurse faculty education program, has partnered with CE Direct to bring continued education credits (CEs) to participants during their year-long mentorship The one year Mentoring Initiative began in November of 2016 and is a program designed to pair experienced mentors with academy graduates for a one to one mentorship intended to support the mentee transition into the faculty role. Responding to mentor feedback, the addition of online CE opportunities was added to the initiative in March 2018 to provide valuable structure practices that mentors and mentees can participate in together. The online CE courses provide a variety of learning modules that are both nursing-oriented and interdisciplinary in addition to pre-developed compilations of modules to prepare individuals for certification testing.
A New Satellite Location for the Eastern Shore Faculty Academy and Mentorship Initiative (ES-FAMI)
This spring the Eastern Shore Faculty Academy and Mentorship Initiative (ESFAMI) is expanding its curriculum across the Bay Bridge and into other parts of Maryland. Through a project amendment approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, ESFAMI will work with two new partner institutions in targeted areas of Maryland to deliver the ESFAMI content in an attempt to impact more nurses throughout Maryland. One of the core objectives of ESFAMI is to increase the number of nursing faculty available in Maryland to address the nursing faculty shortage in the State. ESFAMI has seen considerable growth on the Eastern Shore and has prepared over 100 registered nurses for possible adjunct or full-time faculty positions. Our goal with this expansion is establish satellite locations at two new partner schools and run two academies at each location.
ESFAMI has identified Towson University as its first partner institution in the expansion project. Working closely with faculty at Towson University, ESFAMI will launch an August 2018 academy, with the three face to face class meetings occurring at Towson University. This will allow ESFAMI to reach nurses in Central Maryland and deliver the content to participants who otherwise have been inaccessible due to geographical barriers.
ESFAMI is seeking a second partner institution in another region of Maryland that would like to host the face to face nights and be the physical meeting location of ESFAMI. By adding a second physical location in Central, Western, or Southern Maryland, ESFAMI will continue to achieve its objective of increasing the number of available nurse faculty in Maryland. The second partner institution will host an academy in January 2019.
Medical Careers Club
Each semester, the simulation center hosts Salisbury University’s medical careers club, composed of current SU students interested in a variety of healthcare professions. During their time at the simulation center, students were provided hands-on experience with our pediatric high-fidelity manikin and an opportunity to practice endotracheal intubation and bag-mask ventilation. Special thanks to George Taylor and Sydney Currie (Presidents, Medical Careers Club) for coordinating the events.
LearningSpace Intuity, Cameras, Virtualization
During the summer of 2017, the simulation center upgraded the audiovisual recording software used to record and replay student experiences. The simulation center is now equipped with the most recent generation of CAE Healthcare’s LearningSpace: Intuity. While the design of the interface remains aesthetically similar, the new simplified platform offers greater ease of navigation and expanded flexibility for mobile use. To further enhance the LearningSpace experience for student and faculty users, the simulation center also upgraded the cameras in each of the simulation suites to high-definition cameras. This upgrade significantly improves image quality and expands the video frame to fully capture the experiences occurring within each room. In addition, the high-definition cameras provide high quality photos and videos for faculty researchers to utilize during conference presentations and for other educational purposes, as necessary.
Upgrades to the LearningSpace platform will continue throughout the spring semester, beginning with the virtualization of our servers. Virtualization of the servers will enhance the environment in which our system’s hardware is housed and will protect the data that we store for our student and faculty users. The process of server virtualization allows the LearningSpace platform to be managed locally by the Salisbury University Information Technology department. This will result in faster service, reduced risk of downtime, and improved performance generally. We thank Lee Howeth, Brent Wilhelm, Duke Darrigo and all other IT staff for their unwavering support during this virtualization effort and additionally for all their support of the simulation center’s technological needs.