Pamela Jeffries, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, has been recognized for her role in developing and advancing the field of simulation in nursing with a Presidential Citation from the International Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). The presentation of the award was made at the society's annual meeting in New Orleans (IMSH 2011) in January.
"Pam has made an enormous contribution to the educational foundation, the science, and the momentum behind simulation by providing frameworks and context that are needed at this time as simulation continues its explosive growth," says Dr. Michael Seropian, President of SSH. "She has really had a substantive impact on simulation across disciplines. It's a well-deserved award."
Only eight presidential citations have been awarded in the history of the society. With more than a decade of teaching, research, publications, and advocacy for simulation, Jeffries, DNS, RN, FAAN, ANEF, has proven herself a leader in the field. "I want to be one of today's nurses who revolutionize tomorrow's nursing education," she says.
Her groundbreaking work continues this fall, as Jeffries works with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to implement a nation-wide, landmark Simulation Study. Johns Hopkins is one of 10 nursing schools collaborating on the study, which will follow more than 1,000 students to discover how using simulations in learning affects performance in the workplace after graduation.
The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) represents the largest growing multi-professional group of educators and researchers who use simulation techniques for education, testing, and research in healthcare. More than 2,800 members aim to improve performance and reduce errors in patient care using methods that leverage simulation and its associated technologies to their fullest extent.