March Presidential Message > The Society for Simulation in Healthcare

Hello, SSH members!

It is hard to believe that March is almost through already!  I am not sure about you, but for me, time is flying by too quickly. 

While we are still taking some time to recognize that this year’s IMSH was a tremendous success (our biggest meeting thus far!), our attention has turned to upcoming events, including the Women in Leadership Conference set for April 6 in Dallas. There is still space available –  you can register on the SSH website. It’s a wonderful opportunity to hear and learn from Jennifer Arnold, MD, MSc, FAAP and Major General Kimberly A. Siniscalchi – two of the top simulation advocates in the world. I highly encourage you to attend.

At a recent event last week, I had the honor of presenting at the National League for Nursing (NLN) Simulation Summit at the University of Central Florida and met many wonderful simulationists from all over the country. A simulationist is an individual who is involved in the design, implementation, and/or delivery of simulation activities; for example, educators, technologists, operations specialists, and/or technicians (Society for Simulation in Healthcare Dictionary, 2016).  

It struck me that many school and hospital simulationists still struggle with “selling” simulation to their administrators.  Simulation is an educational strategy that is becoming the standard of practice in healthcare education globally.  Simulation has also caused disruption in healthcare education, which is a good thing!  It has forced us to measure the effectiveness of what we do, how we do it, and why we do it.  Simulation has opened our eyes into what actually goes on in clinical practice and has provided structure and process around programs that may not have had that in the past. 

Debriefing has been a disrupter, too.  We have learned how to debrief via the methodologies developed by simulation experts globally, and we can now transfer those skills to other areas such as post-conferences, classroom settings, meetings and more. It is a good thing.

The simulation industry is innovative. 

Roger’s Theory of Innovation comes to mind as I think about the early adopters who have pushed the simulation envelope.  These individuals have influenced the late adopters to create a critical mass of simulation believers.  Innovation is part of our strategic plan, and as we continue to move the simulation agenda forward, we need all of you to continue to advocate. 

Peter Drucker discussed innovation as the power to redefine the industry or the effort to create purposeful focused change in an enterprise’s economic or social potential.  We are living and breathing this now! 

Thank you all for your support of simulation and patient safety.

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2019-20 SSH President


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