October 23, 2014By Lance Baily

Tennessee Simulation Alliance Annual Conference November 20th-22nd in Nashville

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Our friends from the Tennessee Simulation Alliance are reminding us today about their awesome annual event taking place at Belmont University Nashville from November 20th-22nd. If you are in the state, region or even located in the US than this is definitely a great learning opportunity! Regional directors Teresa Britt MSN RN, Beth Hallmark PhD RN, and Melina Klar RN are bringing us another year of great clinical simulation content!

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The Tennessee Simulation Alliance (TNSA) began as a means to provide Tennessee nurse educators a central location for communication, collaboration and sharing. The funding for this project began as a national collaborative initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Northwest Health Foundation grant that was designed for establishing a stable, adequate nursing workforce. The Tennessee Simulation Alliance was begun after the first simulation conference held in 2008 with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Northwest Health Foundation. Annual conferences have continued to be partially funded through HRSA’s Faculty Development Program: Integrated Technology into Nursing Education and Practice Initiative (Grant No. U1KHP12906, Elizabeth Weiner, PI, Vanderbilt University).

TNSA now brings the world of simulation to the nurse educators of Tennessee with links to current resources, scenarios, websites, conferences, and an in depth look at what is currently being practiced in nursing education with simulation. In today’s world of healthcare, we have learned simulation provides the learner a place safe from patient harm, helps the learner to increase confidence, and can provide the educator a means to make things happen, unlike clinical experiences. Educators are also learning that simulation education provides a format to teach teamwork. Teamwork among disciplines in where TNSA wants to go. We envision a website designed to embrace all healthcare professionals as we practice and learn to work together for the ultimate benefit of safer patient care

2014 Event Courses Scheduled Include:

  • Tennessee Hospital Association, Education and Practice Collaboration to Impact Patient Outcomes
  • Moulage and Making it Real! Create-an-Abscess
  • Simulation, Evaluation, and Rubrics
  • Access to Simulation for Courses with Large Numbers of Students
  • Which Way Do I Go Coach? Improving Student Decision-Making and Learning in Simulation
  • My Worst Day at Camp: Utilizing simulation to teach students to apply clinical judgment skills in the outpatient setting.
  • Keeping students engaged during simulated clinical experiences
  • Using Virtual and live simulation in preparing nursing students for transition to practice
  • Improving the patient experience with simulation training
  • Many many more!

You can download the full conference presentation summary here and visit the 2014 TN Simulation Event webpage to register today!

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