Recap of ECU "Go SIMple" Conference
North Carolina’s “The Daily Reflector” covered the recent East Carolina University “Go SIMple” regional simulation conference event. The event was a way to showcase the labs as well as bring simulation champions from around North Carolina and the country together to share best practices. SimGHOSTS President James Cypert was also in attendance to remind participants about the need for supporting technicians who operate medical simulation technology.
Excerpt from The Daily Reflector:
“Approximately 150 health care professionals from across the state visited ECU on May 30 for WakeMed Health & Hospitals Go SIMple Conference, which featured lectures and training on the use of simulation technology in education. Attendees included nurses, paramedics, doctors and physician assistants.
“ECU was the perfect place to hold this conference because it is an area where simulation is growing and impacting health care providers,” Amar Patel, director of the Center for Innovative Learning at WakeMed, said.
The event was an opportunity to showcase the college’s facilities and share expertise in the educational use of manikin-based and virtual simulation, said Laura Gantt, executive director of Support Services, Learning Technologies and Labs for the ECU College of Nursing. It’s an important time to talk about simulation in eastern North Carolina, she said. “Many organizations are just getting patient simulators and are having to figure out a range of things from how to put them together to how to best use them,” she said.
The benefits of interprofessional education and partnerships were also highlighted during the conference’s keynote address. It was delivered by James Cypert, interim president of nonprofit organization SimGHOSTS, which supports professionals operating medical simulation technology. He also is on staff at the California Baptist University School of Nursing.
Cypert encouraged health care professionals to reach out to IT departments at their workplaces and engage them in their work. Those in university settings would be wise to build relationships with engineering programs, he advised.
But most important, he said, is to be someone who is not scared by change. “The technology comes … and builds up fear and anxiety,” Cypert said. “It’s not beyond you. There are usually eight to 10 ways you can do exactly the same thing.” Cypert encouraged attendees to simply “find the one that works for you.”