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Jennifer J. Yeager, PhD, RN


I was called to be a nurse during my senior year in high school. I simply woke up one morning knowing that I was supposed to be a nurse; up till the day before I had planned on becoming an English teacher. I am the only nurse in a large family of teachers. The Air Force paid my way through nursing school in Portland, Oregon. So, after college, I moved to Texas to be a nurse at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio. I love the state; when I left the Air Force after six years, I stayed in Texas. While I was in school in Portland, I looked at my instructors and knew I was supposed to fill their shoes one day. In the back of my mind, I set the goal to earn my doctoral degree before I turned 50 and become a nursing instructor. I met my goal through determination and hard work.  I have taught at Tarleton State University since 2007. Teaching students the art and science of nursing is the most wonderful opportunity imaginable. Although my background has been working with the elderly, I teach a variety of courses. Reaching my goal meant sacrifice for both my children and me, but it has been worth it. Setting goals and reaching them through hard work, dedication, learning through mistakes but never quitting makes reaching the goal all the sweeter.


Vice Chair

Tonya Breymier, PhD, MS, BSN, RN, CNE


Dr. Breymier has been a nurse for over 29 years in a variety of acute care positions and a nurse educator for the past 13. She currently serves as the Associate Dean for Nursing Graduate programs and Assistant Professor for nursing at Indiana University East. As a certified nurse educator and certified online instructor she is passionate about the movement toward nursing education reform and strives to transform her class room and teaching to more innovative strategies that meet the diverse learning needs of the 21st century nursing student. Described by her Dean as a risk taker and early adopter for change, Dr. Breymier has been instrumental in introducing simulation and innovative teaching strategies throughout their curriculum. After obtaining her Masters and PhD online she was convinced that teaching with various technologies results in positive learning outcomes, and simulation is one such strategy that utilizes technology, encompasses innovation, and will continue to be a force that moves nursing education toward reform.


Book Salon (Club) Affinity Group


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The SSH Book Salon (Club) Affinity Group grew out of a discussion at the 2013 IMSH meeting. A small group of SSH members were discussing the difficulty they had taking the time to read books outside of professional journals and books. Everyone was busy trying to integrate work and personal lives, and that extra nudge from colleagues and friends to read and discuss interesting books pertinent to work was felt to be just the push needed to help integrate new learning and begin new dialogue. Thus, the book salon was born. 


The purpose of the SSH’s Book Salon (Club) Affinity Group is to develop a forum for simulation healthcare professionals to read and discuss relevant books that could enrich creativity, business acumen and leadership skills.


Identify interesting and pertinent books that have relevance to healthcare professionals • Provide a forum for discussion • Develop a blog of useful books, discussion highlights and information for simulation healthcare professionals • Provide peer-to-peer encouragement to stretch and discover books beyond our professional literature (readings such as Outliers by Gladwell or Tribal Leadership by Logan, et al, etc.) 

Following receipt of member feedback, the following books will be discussed in the SimConnect forum: 

1. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman 

2. Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy 

3. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi 

4. The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley by Eric Weiner 

5. The Life Project: The Extraordinary Story of 70,000 Ordinary Lives by Helen Pearson


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