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Global Network for Simulation in Healthcare (GNSH) Annual Meeting
By Karen Lewis and Karen Reynolds
Karen Lewis, ASPE president, and Karen Reynolds, ASPE vice president of operations, participated in the Global Network for Simulation in Healthcare (GNSH) annual meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland from July 7-9. The GNSH is comprised of the leaders of simulation organizations throughout the world, including affiliates, SSH, INACSL, SESAM and ASPiH. This year, the meeting included leaders from the simulation commercial industry as well, providing over 40 participants the opportunity to join in a dialogue about how to accomplish the organization's goal of enhancing patient care, efficiency and efficacy through healthcare simulation.
Webinars available in the ASPE Virtual Learning Center
By Connie Coralli, Emory University
Now that the Virtual Learning Center is up and operating again, check out the wide variety of ASPE Webinars available on the ASPE website for your professional development. There is an amazing amount of excellent information here from leading experts and novices alike. Enjoy and learn!
SP Road Trip: Reflections on ASPE's SP Day
By Jamie Fair and members of Training Team at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Blood oozed out of a gash that spanned several inches of Gina Preciado's forearm as she pumped gas into her Honda Civic. "Oh my gosh … lady, are you alright?" exclaimed a concerned young man nearby, his voice jumping several octaves, eyes wide with fear. Thankfully, the gash was no more than a remnant of a Medical Moulage workshop, a fun and eerily realistic skill that Gina, as well as three other Training Team SPs from the University of Pittsburgh (myself included) picked up at SP Day, part of the 2014 ASPE Conference in Indianapolis.
New Virtual Learning Center documents
By Connie Coralli, Emory University
Isn't it exciting to have the Virtual Learning Center and our Documents Resource Bank up and running again? Here's a list of helpful documents submitted since July 1 that you can find at http://www.aspeducators.org/node/151. Check them out!
'Patients' who act sick valuable as teaching tool
San Francisco Chronicle
The 45-year-old patient, Sally Artesaros, sat on the exam table, her body hunched in pain with her palm cradling the right side of her temple. "It's sharp and it's pounding," she said of the migraine headaches she said she'd been experiencing daily for two weeks. She winced under the fluorescent glare of the exam room, prompting the medical student to dim the lighting and lower her voice.
The frontline caregivers of the future will be highly educated, skilled nurses
The Huffington Post
The U.S. healthcare system is being pushed into crisis by a combination of factors, from the increasingly heavy demands placed on it by 76 million aging Baby Boomers, to the addition of millions of previously uninsured Americans who have access now because of the Affordable Care Act. The challenge, then, is to increase the system's capacity to treat patients while finding less costly ways of running it — all without reducing the quality of care.
Manage culture to engage today's multigenerational workforce
Managing a multigenerational workforce presents organizations with a variety of challenges. These challenges include the brain drain that occurs as experienced baby boomer employees retire and less-experienced generations take their place as well as situations in which multiple generations interact and coordinate work together. Before addressing how organizations should handle these generational issues, the more important questions are: Are millennials really different from other generations? If so, how exactly are they different?
My first day job: My dark night as a real doctor
"Doctor, we need you on Surgical Four," a nurse's voice said over the phone. "We've had an expiration." "A what?" I asked. "An expiration," she carefully repeated, "on Surgical Four. We need you to pronounce." "Oh, right." Could I tell her I wasn't catching on? It was midsummer of 1970 and my first night on call. I was the newest intern in a 400-bed community hospital in New Jersey. Everyone here apparently knew what an expiration was. I didn't.
Second-chance med school
The New York Times
Sitting around an outdoor table at the Red Crab, a restaurant on the tropical island of Grenada festooned with palm trees and fiery bougainvillea, a dozen aspiring doctors bashfully conceded that they had been, at best, near misses when it came to getting into medical school in the United States. Many of them had not earned A's in college physics and organic chemistry. Many had tried other careers first — among them were a talent scout, a ballerina, a pianist and an engineer.
Acceptance as a nurturer of courage
Learning can be scary. A protégé’s path when learning is not only potentially unpleasant, but also it generally comes with no guarantee of success. Learning in its rawest form almost always entails a public display of weakness. No one learns to walk without falling. Learning without facing some chance of failure is superficial progress, not real change.
Madison nursing program expansions could help offset forecasted shortage
Wisconsin State Journal
In the main classroom of UW-Madison's new School of Nursing, students sitting at circular tables will solve problems together using mock electronic medical records. Next to a simulated clinic and hospital unit, students will learn about home healthcare in a model apartment wired for the latest in technology, such as floor mats that can detect changes in an elderly resident's gait.
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