Hopefully, this message finds everyone having a continued positive experience through IMSH Delivers. I want to begin there with a hearty congratulations to three deserving individuals upon their being named as this year’s “Of the Year” winners.
Unveiled March 9 ahead of the Bringing Sim to Life Lecture Series during IMSH Delivers, Mindi Anderson, PhD, ARNP, CPNP-PC, CHE, CHSE-A, ANEF, FAAN; Kristine Hara, RRT, CHSOS; and Adam Cheng, MD, FRCPC, FAAP, were named Educator, Operations Specialist, and Researcher of the Year, respectively.
Their contributions to SSH and to the simulation community at large, especially in the past year, deserve all of the praise and attention we can give them. So, please, read more about them (and all award winners) and take time to reach out and congratulate them on their honors.
More broadly, I, for one, have enjoyed getting to “meet” members in multiple ways. From attending live sessions to spending time with vendors, it has been great to gather virtually together as a community of practice. Remember that the sessions will be available to those who have registered for the conference for the rest of 2021!
Two important points: You can register until April 15, and registration is FREE for SSH members who are not in need of CEUs. Members should take advantage of this opportunity – it may not be offered at such a level again!
Having access to SSH content is a premium benefit in the healthcare simulation industry. We see it in the way professionals continue to flock to IMSH content, SimSeries webinars, SSH Learning Labs conducted by our valued industry partners, and our resource materials available on the SSIH.org website.
The word is out on the high level of quality. And, because of that and our stellar membership department that ensures an unmatched member experience, an increasing number of simulation professionals have joined our society. In fact, SSH membership just topped 4,900 recently – an all-time high! Considering our changing world over the past 12 months and the challenges we all faced, this is beyond encouraging!
So, while the SSH brand continues to grow, it’s important to remember why we do what we do, what SSH stands for, and how it works daily to accomplish its purpose and mission.
The purpose of SSH is to serve a global community of practice enhancing the quality of healthcare.
The mission of SSH is to:
- Serve our members by fostering education, professional development, and the advancement of research and innovation
- Promote the profession of healthcare simulation through standards and ethics
- Champion healthcare simulation through advocating, sharing, facilitation, and collaborating (https://www.ssih.org/mission)
These statements really do serve as our centering point and drive home the “why” behind SSH. I believe in them, and I’m happy to announce that in its drive to serve members, SSH will host a virtual Town Hall session on Thursday, April 8, at 4 p.m. ET.
Details are coming soon, but my hope is that you will join me as we have group and breakout room conversations about important updates after the most recent SSH Board of Directors meeting, your IMSH Delivers feedback, and more.
Part of what makes SSH amazing is the innovation you all show in your different ways of bringing that purpose and mission to life all around the globe.
That said, there are many members of SSH who have events in their own countries, and we would love for you to share those events with the SSH community. SSH has a mechanism by which you can post your upcoming events on the SSH calendar.
Once there, fill out the form at the bottom of the page with your organization’s information. It will be populated on the calendar so that others within the society will know about your event. Please take advantage of this opportunity!
And then, finally, dogs are a big part of my life. Over the past seven years, I have fostered more than 50 dogs (some were puppies). I currently have two 10-lb. mutts, Pip and Polly, who make my days brighter. In that spirit, I recently came across a video that I hadn’t seen in a few years, and it still makes me laugh. Hopefully, you will find it funny as well: Daisy and Cooper eat some ice cream.
Until next month!
Juli Maxworthy, DNP, PhD (c), MSN, MBA, RN, CNL, CPHQ, CPPS, CHSE, FNAP, FSSH
President, Society for Simulation in Healthcare