At the 8th annual Johnson County Community College Simulation Conference, Clinical Simulation in Nursing Journal Editor Suzie Kardong-Edgren PhD provided a keynote address which was highlighted on the college’s website. Suzie is one of the leading simulation champions in the world and is driving the future of our profession.
To a packed house in the Capitol Federal Conference Center, Suzie Kardong-Edgren said, “We are all in this room concentrating on moving simulation forward.” Kardong-Edgren, internationally known for her research in simulation as a way to teach healthcare professionals, spoke as part of the Healthcare Simulation Conference Sept. 11 at Johnson County Community College.
The conference, now in its eighth year, allows healthcare professionals and healthcare educators explore and expand their understanding of simulation as a teaching/learning strategy that immerses the learner into the healthcare role as they provide care for the patient situation. Educating students to become nurses needs to change, she said, not only to respond to students’ needs but also to meet the expectations of patients.
“In the informal analysis, there’s nothing really new there (in nursing),” she said. A reliance on classroom settings, basic instruction and problems from textbooks isn’t preparing nurses for the world in which they’ll be employed, she said. Students also have started asking questions about the value of their education, she said. “There are rumblings of, ‘What are we getting for all this money we’re spending?’” Kardong-Edgren said. “And yet we are rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic…why do we keep doing the same things over and over?”
Kardong-Edgren is professor and director of the Regional Research and Innovation in Simulation Education (RISE) Center at Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. She also is editor-in-chief of the journal “Clinical Simulation in Nursing. She urged those in attendance to continue to lobby for even greater use of simulation in nursing education and other healthcare preparatory programs.
“Often we are the lone pioneers trying to drag (our fellow) faculty into the 21st century,” Kardong-Edgren said.