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HealthySimulation.com is the world’s premier Healthcare Simulation resource website, providing the latest news, CE/CME webinars and courses, conference coverage, research highlights, helpful guides, job listings, product demos, vendor connection services, community sharing, and more!

Started in 2010 by Lance Baily, the resource has provided well over 2,000,000 page views of medical simulation-specific content through thousands of daily articles to hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals from around the globe. The HealthySimulation.com writing team has shared their passion for simulation in healthcare by writing over 4,000 articles so far!

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About HealthySimulation.com Founder Lance Baily

From 2011 until 2018 Lance also founded and was the Executive Director of SimGHOSTS, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that produces healthcare simulation technology specialist conferences demanded all over the world, with previous events at prominent facilities which include Cedars-Sinai Los Angeles, SingHealth Singapore, Mohammad Bin Rashid Medical Center Dubai, GAPS London, Clinical Skills Development Service Brisbane, and Centre Universitaire des Saints-Pères Paris to name a few. He remains today a dedicated Board member as Chairman of the Board.

Lance began both of these now international communities while serving as the first Director of the 31,000 square feet multi-institutional multi-disciplinary Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas (CSCLV) from 2009 to 2012. This new program was funded by the Nevada System of Higher Education to unite clinical education and training programs from the University of Nevada: Las Vegas School of Nursing, Nevada State College School of Nursing, and University of Nevada: School of Medicine.

Prior to this Lance served as a Sim Tech for LA Harbor College while becoming a CA Certified Firefighter –all of which somehow took place after he spent four years working in Hollywood’s A-List Production companies and his Bachelors in Film & Digital Media Production from UC: Santa Cruz.

Lance acted as Marketing and Strategy Consultant for SimCharacters for the international launch of their new preterm simulator Paul, at IMSH 2017. His campaign produced the most viral video launch of a medical simulation product in the industry’s history, with over 5,000,000 views in one just one week.

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(Lance in 2009 becoming at Firefighter at El Camino College, CA)

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richard kuschinksyRichard Kuschinsky, RCP, Sales Director: Richard Kuschinsky is the Sales Director for HealthySimulation.com. He is an experienced sales professional with a demonstrated history of success in start-up and established medical device, simulation, and tech organizations.



Teresa Gore, PhD, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CHSE-A, FSSH, FAAN, Article Content Manager: Dr. Gore has experience in educating future nurses in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Dr. Gore has a PhD in Adult Education, a DNP as a family nurse practitioner, and a certificate in Simulation Education. Dr. Gore is an innovative, compassionate educator and an expert in the field of healthcare simulation. In 2007l Teresa started her journey in healthcare simulation. She is involved in INACSL and SSH. She is a Past-President of INACSL and is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator Advanced (CHSE-A). In 2018, she was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). In 2021, she was inducted as a Fellow in the Society of Simulation in Healthcare Academy (FSSH) and selected as a Visionary Leader University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing Alumni. During her career, Dr. Gore has led in the development and integration of simulation into all undergraduate clinical courses and started an OSCE program for APRN students. Her research interests and scholarly work focus on simulation, online course development and faculty development. She has numerous invited presentations nationally and internationally on simulation topics.

Zandra BilgeraZandra Bilgera, Support Coordinator: is an Executive Assistant and her journey in this field has been both exciting and rewarding. She has the privilege of working on a variety of projects and tasks that have allowed her to develop a strong skill set in areas of Operations and Client support. Apart from her professional life, she has a deep passion for Travel and Exploration. She finds that these activities help her recharge and bring a creative perspective to her work. She is also a firm believer in continuous learning, and  enjoys staying up-to-date with industry trends and seeking opportunities for self-improvement and adaptability.


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Dr. Kim Baily, MSN, PhD, RN, CNE, Contributor: Dr. Kim Baily has had a passion for healthcare simulation since she pulled her first sim man out of the closet and into the light in 2002. She has been a full-time educator and director of nursing and was responsible for building and implementing two nursing simulation programs at El Camino College and Pasadena City College in Southern California. Dr. Baily is a member of both INACSL and SSH. She serves as a consultant for emerging clinical simulation programs and has previously chaired Southern California Simulation Collaborative, which supports healthcare professionals working in healthcare simulation in both hospitals and academic institutions throughout Southern California. Dr. Baily has taught a variety of nursing and medical simulation-related courses in a variety of forums, such as on-site simulation in healthcare debriefing workshops and online courses. Since retiring from full time teaching, she has written over 100 healthcare simulation educational articles for HealthySimulation.com while traveling around the country via her RV out of California.

Jeanne Carey, MEd, RN, CHSE, Contributor: Jeanne Carey is the Director of Simulation at Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas, Texas. She is a certified simulation educator with nearly 10 years of experience in all aspects of simulation, including the development and implementation of new simulation-based learning activities, training of simulation facilitators, and recruitment and management of standardized patients. She and the LHSON Simulation Team created the Two-Heads-Are-Better-Than-One (2HeadsR>1) strategy for role assignment in simulation. She is active in several simulation organizations and currently serves as an INACSL Nurse Planner.

Fouad Marhar, MD, Contributor: Fouad Marhar is a healthcare simulation educator and currently works with different facilities in France as an Anesthesiologist and Intensivist. He was trained at the University Institute of Simulation (itSims) within Toulouse University Hospital from 2012 to 2020. Fouad is an active member of the French Simulation in Healthcare community, and helped the French Simulation Society to introduce the SSIH code of ethics in French. He was also involved in  facilitating the partnership between the two societies. His interests include adult learning, clinical education and stress generated by healthcare.

Eric Ayers, Coach, Consultant, Creator l Lover of Possibility and Humanity: With just under two decades of nursing experience, primarily in Pediatric Emergency and Healthcare Innovation and Simulation, Eric Ayers fell in love with the idea of learning through experience. He is the Founder and CEO of emc2, and host of Purpose Empowered Podcast. Ayers is an optimist and thought leader with a passion for inspiring all to reach an understanding of true personal potential. Leveraging his background in healthcare education with his MBA in Healthcare Administration, Ayers’ focus is to add value within organizations by illuminating value within their employees. He is also a husband, a father, an ideator, an innovator, an author, and a lover of both possibility and humanity. It is his intention to change the world through shifting perspectives.

kirk atkinson Kirk Atkinson, Sr. Clinical Simulation Operations Specialist at UT Southwestern Medical Center: Kirk Atkinson is a Navy Veteran with over 15 years of experience in medicine and healthcare simulation. He started his path in medicine as a Hospital Corpsman, and deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 with the 1st Medical Battalion. When back in the U.S., he was given the opportunity to help develop a medical simulation training platform for deploying medical units based on Camp Pendleton, California. After 1st Medical Bn, he was assigned to Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, where he was the Training Site Faculty and Administrator for the BLS, ACLS, and PALS programs. He also became a TCCC and CLS instructor for forward deploying Corpsmen and Marines. After the Navy, he moved back to Texas where he was hired by the American Red Cross and an urgent care facility. Then an opportunity arose at UT Southwestern for a Simulation Educator/Simulation Operations Specialist. Atkinson currently works with a very talented team to deliver high-quality healthcare simulation to all of the UT Southwestern system.

Michelle SherlinMichelle Sherlin, RN, BSN, CHSE: Michelle Sherlin, RN, BSN, CHSE, is the full-time coordinator of the 18-bed simulation lab at the Holyoke Community College Center for Health Education and Simulation. She has patient simulation experience dating back to 2002 when she started healthcare simulation at a vocational school and progressed to implementing simulation activities for several area schools and health care facilities. Her background includes curriculum development at the high school and college levels. Sherlin has hosted patient simulation-related conferences and presented on a multitude of topics. She stays current in nursing practice by working as a staff nurse in the Emergency Department. Sherlin is a per diem educator for the same facility where she conducts patient simulation and teaches Advanced Cardiac Life Support. She also works for a community partnership at another local hospital. In that position, she implements a variety of programs to introduce students to various health care professions. She recently won the “Excellence in Clinical Simulation” award from Education Management Solutions.

Jill SankoJill Sanko, PhD, APRN, CHSE-A, FSSH: Jill Sanko is an award-winning PhD-prepared nurse scientist. She began her research career as a research nurse at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). During her almost decade of service at NIH, she worked in several capacities including as support research staff and as an associate principal investigator. She was also integral in establishing the NIH Clinical Center’s simulation and patient safety program. In 2008 she moved back to Miami where she joined the University of Miami first at the Center for Patient Safety and later at the School of Nursing and Health Studies where she continued teaching and researching the impacts of simulation-based education on patient safety. With over 40 publications in these areas and numerous national and international presentations she has helped to build the body of knowledge in using simulation as a technology to improve patient safety and has been recognized for these efforts including authoring two Articles of Influence, induction into the Academy for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, recognition as an INACSL -Frontline Simulation Champion, and a Breakthrough Learning Hero of Healthcare Simulation. Currently, she is a contributing faculty member at Walden University and an Adjunct Associate Professor at MGH-IHP.

Kathy SokolKathy Sokol, RN, MSN Nursing Education, CHSE, Simulation Author and Operations Facilitator, Motivator, Educator, Life-Guide: Kathy Sokol lived most of her adult life in Florida before “retiring” to Las Vegas. She has been a registered nurse for over 30 years and a nurse educator since 2005. Kathy has a masters degree in nursing education and earned Master Instruction certification from Chamberlain University College of Nursing. She set up and managed simulation labs on several campuses throughout the country. Kathy collaborated on a course called Sim 101 to educate faculty on how to enrich student learning through simulation. In 2016, Kathy and her team did a presentation at IMSH on how to efficiently open a sim lab while saving time and money. Kathy was initiated into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. She was a nominee for the Daisy Faculty Nurse Award. She has been published in RN Magazine, is a regular contributor on LinkedIn and has an adult learning page on Facebook. She is currently working on a book about change. Kathy lives in Las Vegas with her husband. She is a visiting professor at Chamberlain University College of Nursing.

Alyssa-SchroderAlyssa Schroder, Nursing Informatics Coordinator at State Fair Community College: Alyssa Schroder received her MSN in Nursing Education in December 2013. She began her career in teaching at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, MO. At SFCC she taught both didactic and clinical courses before transitioning to the role of Nursing Informatics Coordinator. While in the Nursing Informatics role she worked with high-fidelity simulators, Standardized Participants, and multiple technology resources used to enhance the simulated clinical experience. Schroder is currently an RN Case Manager and Katy Trail Community Health.

Catalina VanegasCatalina Vanegas Ortiz, MD. Esp. Ob/Gyn, MHPE, Unv Prof U. Sabana.Fundadora y CEO Custom Praxis: Dr. Catalina Vanegas Ortiz is a medical specialist in obstetrics and gynecology. She also has a master’s degree in medical education with an emphasis on public health. Dr. Vanegas is a professor of medicine faculty the University of La Sabana, and CEO and founder of Custom Praxis.


Erin Carn-BennettErin Carn-Bennett, Simulation Nurse Educator for Douglas Starship Simulation Programme, Lead host on Sim Nurse NZ podcast, Freelance writer, Critical incident debriefer: Erin Carn-Bennett is a Simulation Nurse Educator for the Douglas Starship Simulation Programme in Auckland, New Zealand. Carn-Bennett has her Masters of Nursing and has an extensive nursing career within pediatric emergency and also nursing management. She is passionate about debriefing and all things simulation. Carn-Bennett is a member of the IPSS board of directors. Carn-Bennett is the lead host of the podcast Sim Nurse NZ.

Courtney WashingtonCourtney Washington, Simulation Education and Program Coordinator, Resuscitation and Quality Improvement Program Manager, Simulation Researcher, AHA Instructor/Site Coordinator, NRP Administrator: Courtney Washington has held a career with a sense of purpose since she received a professional opportunity over eight-plus years ago with two well-renowned children’s hospital simulation centers. The field of healthcare simulation has reignited her passion for combining technology and medicine to have an impact on patient safety and outcomes. Over the course of her career in clinical simulation, she has held prior roles as a Simulation Education and Program Coordinator, a Resuscitation and Quality Improvement Program Manager, a Simulation Researcher, an AHA Instructor/Site Coordinator, and an NRP Administrator. Her current area of interest includes evaluating and designing new and existing clinical buildings/spaces, family-centered care curriculum design and development, and surgical/special procedures clinical system testing. She comes with an abundance of knowledge in the implementation of in-house and third-party learning management systems, program management in hospital-wide resuscitation initiatives, innovation and technology development designer, and application design consultant. Washington has held most if not all healthcare simulation roles and responsibilities in some capacity. When she is not in the process of creating an environment that supports creative thinking, professional growth, and collaborative relationships, she currently works as freelance Medical and Healthcare Simulation Consultant while traveling and studying foreign languages.

Krystale MaynardKrystle Maynard, DNP, RN: Krystle Maynard is the creator of Innovative RN Solutions and has been a nurse for over a decade. She has specialized in medical-surgical and critical care nursing, in addition to having a long-standing history of being an adjunct faculty member for a college of nursing. Innovative RN Solutions focuses on healthcare content writing (such as blogs, E-books, emails, academic coursework, and educational content for healthcare personnel and patients). Krystle also offers tutoring and mentor services for undergraduate and graduate nurses. She lives in Kentucky with her husband and children.

Barbara Olander BSN, RN, RHIT: Barbara Olander is currently the skills and simulation laboratory coordinator for Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit, MS. With 31 years of extensive nursing experience in healthcare and academic settings, she has a demonstrated work history in clinical care, management, nursing education, policy development, and healthcare simulations. She has degrees in nursing and recently completed the Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology. She has six years of experience with simulation usage. She is an ATI Champion, RHIT certified, and recently completed the 25.5 CEU MAST Simulation Foundations Course. She utilizes a variety of simulation learning methods and includes scaffolding to allow student learners to progress from metacognition, self-reflection, and instructor feedback. She believes in applying the principles of simulation education across the spectrum of professional degrees and nursing student programs. Barbara Olander uses her positive attitude and tireless energy to continue simulation education in the areas of virtual healthcare simulation, faculty simulation development, and alternative ways for students to improve simulation experiences. Barbara Olander is a member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, Mississippi Nurses Association, National Association of Licensed Practical Nurses, Inc., Mississippi LPN Association, American Health Information Management Association, and Mississippi Health Information Management Association.

Wesley Lockhart‌Wesley Lockhart, PhD.c, MSMS, CHSE, CHSOS: Wesley Lockhart has been involved in medical simulation for almost two decades, having started his simulation career as aStandardized Patientthroughout high school and college. His first position out of college while preparing for medical school was asimulation technicianat UC Riverside, he fell in love with medical simulation and the impact it could have on future providers and their future patients. After deciding against medical school, Wesley pursued a graduatedegree in Medical Simulation from Drexel University, received his CHSE and CHSOS from SSH, and is currently a PhD candidate in Health Professions Education at MGH-IHP.

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