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Posted: 3/3/2009

The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) is co-sponsoring Simulation as a Cutting Edge Tool, on Friday, April 17, 2009 with the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing (IJHN), the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHUSOM), and the Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH). The workshop is the first to be held at the JHUSON and will provide an overview of the variety of simulation tools available and information on how they can be most effectively implemented in a hospital of school of nursing setting.

"An interdisciplinary focus is a main component of the experience," says instructor Shari Lynn, MSN, RN who joins fellow instructor Kathryn Kushto-Reese, MS, RN, JHUSON faculty and directors, and leaders from JHH and other medical institutions on the cross-disciplinary conference faculty.  "Collaboration is important because in real-life situations, you'll have doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals working side-by-side." 

The conference will be held both at the school and the JHH Simulation Center, a state-of-the-art facility internationally known for leading-edge innovations. The Center incorporates the very basic forms of standardized simulation, such as role playing to complex computer simulation, such as using computer software to aid in decision-making. Various low and high fidelity simulation equipment will be used at the conference, including skill sets, simulation people, and simulation software.

Kushto-Reese and Lynn hope the participants of the conference will come away with a new understanding and a new appreciation for simulation education.  "We want them to be able to educate others in incorporating simulation education in the curriculum," Kushto-Reese says. "It would also be nice to see people contribute to publishing literature about the best practices of simulation education, and most importantly, work as a team."

To learn more about Simulation as a Cutting Edge Tool, visit www.ijhn.jhmi.edu.