Simulation has the potential to address several urgent needs in healthcare: (1) increase capacity in nursing, medicine and other healthcare education programs by decreasing the demand on clinical sites, (2) improve patient safety by ensuring experience-based learning for students, and (3) ensure competency of new graduates and experienced staff members. A study was funded to evaluate the current status and inventory of simulation being used in Arizona's nursing schools and hospitals. The report can be accessed at the following link: Simulation Report
Day of Innovation
On February 22, 2008, the Arizona State Board of Nursing (AzBN) and the Healthcare Institute (HCI) at the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA), hosted 122 nursing faculty, hospital staff, and government representatives at a work session. Participants were briefed on Arizona’s nursing shortage data and explored the diversified applications for simulation labs and it’s potential in Arizona.
- Arizona RN Workforce Data – Beth Hartmen-Ellis
- “Creating a Path for Healthcare Simulation in Arizona” – Sharon Gardner
- Innovation; Be Bold: – Kathy Malloch
Simulation Panel Presentations:
- Simulation Labs of the Future – Glenn Ostrem
- F-16 Simulator Training – Major Jeffrey Simons
- Onboarding” of New Hires in the Modern Era: Improving Outcomes- Kelly Reilly, MSN, RN
The afternoon was dedicated to facilitated table discussions. The following report groups the responses into the categories listed below:
- What would a statewide simulation system look like?
- What are the benefits, barriers and challenges in creating a state-wide system?
- What are the cultural and relationship issues that need to be overcome to have a successful Arizona Simulation System?
- What outcomes demonstrate success for an Arizona Simulation System?
The remainder of this report summarizes the discussions, conclusions barriers and “bold requests and bold offers discussed.” In addition, “parking lot” comments were placed in the barrier-challenges listing.
Arizona Day of Innovation Summary and Report