INACSL 2018 About to Open in Toronto — Latest Updates Here!

The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning’s 2018 annual conference is about to start at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto Canada. This is the first conference event to be held outside of the continental United States which should be host to a record number of Canadian nurse simulation champions! The conference technically opens at 3PM today so please check back to this article post regularly for the latest updates.

*Show Opens / Hayden Vanguard Keynote by Bryan Dang *

INACSL President Kristina Thomas Dreifuerst, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF (2017-2018) has just opened the show with VP of Finance Nicole Harder, PhD, RN, CHSE for the “first conference outside of the United States”, a note which raised a big round of applause from the Nursing audience. Through video, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed directly the INACSL participants and thanked them for their “all they do” for healthcare, education and patient safety. The introduction video followed with a tour of Canada’s many simulation programs welcoming participants to the event. Afterwards, tradition was observed with prayer and song “for a good conference” from a regional Native from the Native Canadian Center of Toronto native representatives. What a warm welcome!


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Kristina then introduced the Hayden Vanguard Lectureship Sponsored by CAE Healthcare which supports innovation and scholarly research, which was given by Bryan Dang, BSN, RN, PHN on “Increasing the Clinician Education Pipeline: A Vision of Usability, Efficiency, and Good Design”. Bryan has worked for San Jose State University Simulation Center and Google, and has created Syminar, a collaborative learning platform for simulated learning. His background also includes Human Factors experience.

Bryan’s presentation explained the steps of design thinking for problem solving, differentiated “presence” from VR “telepresence”, and described how telepresence can increase education efficiency.

Bryan started by reminding us about the 5 key areas of design as defined by the Center for Design Research at Stanford: Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, and Test. Bryan then connected those thoughts to our process in healthcare simulation, reminding the audience about the huge number of technology elements required to produce a successful learning event. He theorizes that there is plenty of opportunity within our healthcare simulated learning practices to consider better design for more effectiveness?

Helping the audience understand, Bryan then defined the feeling of being “somewhere else” during a Virtual Reality (VR) experience as a “telepresence”.  He suggested that VR technology could theoretically provide for an infinite number of learners to “experience” a learning environment in real-time. Using the Google cardboard box with student smart phones, he showed how students could be put into a virtual reality nursing simulation scenario to increase immersive learning. Pointing to a known metric “presence”, Bryan used the Army Research Institute Simulator Systems Research Unit Presence Questionnaire to consider the realism of various types of simulation. He found that the television (debriefing room) score was only 60, but immersive VR was 130 with actual simulation scoring at 170 (out of 209). He noted that resolution, audio, and haptics still have room to improve but at the speed of technology change, it won’t be long!


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Bryan continued his presentation with a demonstration of Syminar, a new company he has helped to found which bring VR telepresence learning to healthcare simulation environments. Watch the video below to learn just a little bit more:

Bryan started connecting these learning opportunities to the current and growing Nursing shortage problem for the United States, reminding us however that there was 64,000 students turned away from 1,004 BSN/MSN programs in 2016 alone. He then asked the audience “What if you could capture the clinical learning environment and broadcast it to any location in the nation”? Perhaps Syminar, and VR Learning could help bridge this gap? We and the INACSL audience very much think so.

Following Bryan’s presentation, the exhibit hall opened for the conference. Stop by the SimGHOSTS booth if you would like to connect with HealthySimulation.com Founder Lance Baily!

About the INACSL Conferences

The INACSL Conference is a leading forum for simulation aficionados, researchers, and vendors providing the ideal environment to gain and disseminate current, state-of-the-art knowledge in the areas of skills/simulation operations and applications in an evidenced-based venue. Healthcare professionals will have the opportunity to network with colleagues and exhibitors, discuss best practices as relates to competencies, safety and quality performance indicators, and advance the science of simulation.

INACSL 2018 Conference Objectives:

  • Experience the newest innovations in simulation
  • Explore strategies to integrate technology in curriculum and practice
  • Examine challenges of managing simulation/learning resources centers
  • Be informed on new directions in simulation application and learning environments
  • Network with colleagues and experts

Stay tuned to this article, and on Twitter through
@HealthySim and the hashtag #INACSL18 for the latest updates!


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