February President’s message: Hello, and let’s get going! > The Society for Simulation in Healthcare

Hello to you all!

First, I hope you have been taking full advantage of your membership by participating in IMSH Delivers! Our meeting is off to a great start!

Registration will remain open until April 15. For SSH members who don’t have a need for CEUs, it is FREE! That’s not a typo… it’s real! And, if you do need CEUs, pricing is extremely affordable considering the entire IMSH archive is available to you for the rest of 2021. To be able to offer the best healthcare simulation conference education in the world in such a fantastic way is remarkable, and I hope If you haven’t already registered, you take advantage of this year’s options!

Overall, as I talk with you here for the first time officially as SSH President, I want to stress that continuing open communication with our membership is a key priority for me as we continue to provide updates regarding SSH planning, events, reports, and more.

Also, it is my intent to attend as many committee meetings as possible so that I can lend my support on the great work all of our volunteer leaders are doing for the ultimate benefit of you and our patients. From all of that intake, I intend to provide updates via these monthly presidential messages, and I hope also to share via quarterly town hall events. Look for coming details on those.  

In Certification news, congratulations to all those who applied to the first round of CHSOS-A certification! You are leaders in your area of expertise, and I look forward to seeing your work presented through STORM magazine. Also, a quick remember that the CHSE-A application deadline is March 1.

While we are discussing certification, if you aren’t certified and have given it some thought, there are demonstrable benefits to becoming certified:

  • Receive formal professional recognition of your specialized knowledge, skills, abilities and accomplishments in simulation education.
  • Confirm your commitment to continued professional development and lifelong learning.
  • Receive international recognition for your professional accomplishments
  • Demonstrate your skills and specialized knowledge to employers, practitioners and the public

I have been a CHSE for many years and found the process of preparing for the exam extremely helpful in a better understanding of the expectations of the role!

In SSH business, we saw a great turnout for the Annual Business Meeting – thank you to you all for attending. It’s so great to see so many people interested in the “business” side of our Society. That energy is the lifeblood of what we do as a group!

Also, the SSH Board of Directors met in January, with new members receiving a thorough orientation to SSH. Among several good discussions, the Board determined a taskforce for the Chad Epps Memorial Fund that will explore how best to continue Chad’s legacy. Keep tuned for more information.

I would like to wrap this first conversation with you with two quick, positive pieces:

  • First, I enjoy e-cards, and I made this one for you because "you're simply the BEST!".
  • And lastly, of important note, February is American Heart Month. The campaign strikes a personal tone with me as my father is the owner of 13 (yes, 13!) coronary stents! The work done in that arena is incredible, and I ask that you might consider joining the #OurHearts movement!

Talk to you next month!

Juli Maxworthy, DNP, PhD (c), MSN, MBA, RN, CNL, CPHQ, CPPS, CHSE, FNAP, FSSH

President, Society for Simulation in Healthcare

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