On Monday, August 20, 2012, West Coast University’s Los Angeles campus hosted a local Simulation User Network conference for Laerdal, makers of health care simulation equipment. This conference was free and open to anyone who uses simulation for education in health care. Approximately 125 simulation users, including pharmacists, respiratory therapists, and nurses, were in attendance.
Kathleen Atchison, Project Development Coordinator for the College of Nursing at West Coast University, was a keynote speaker at the event, presenting Simulation Outcomes Based on Real World Practice. Atchison said, “With a clear outcomes-focus that reflects current expectations of health care professionals, simulation offers a huge educational advantage to learners. It’s dynamic and fosters development of good critical thinking skills in realistic situations, while posing no safety risks to real patients.”
As the result of a collaborative effort between all three of WCU’s California campuses and Laerdal, breakout workshops on moulage, debriefing, and simulator programming were offered during the event. West Coast University Nursing Program graduate, Briana Miller, spoke about the benefits of simulation from a student’s perspective during the Innovative Strategies: Students Facilitating Learning in Simulation breakout session. The SUN Conference was also an opportunity to showcase the Simulation Center at WCU’s Los Angeles campus. Guests enjoyed touring the center and seeing various demonstrations during a midday lunch and learning break.
At the end of the event, WCU and Laerdal sponsored a raffle of simulation resources, including moulage kits, Davis’s Drug Guides, USB drives, a Laerdal IV Training Arm and Laerdal gift certificates. Guests were heard saying how much they enjoyed the conference and how much they learned. Los Angeles Simulation Center Manager, Gina Rico, says; “Health care educators are hungry for information about simulation and we were happy to have this opportunity to share what we know with the community and to support our colleagues.”
For more information about SUN Presentations, visit: http://www.laerdal.com/us/docid/48166443/Simulation-User-Network-SUN-Presentations