California Simulation Alliance Fall Calendar of Events

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Hey Sim Champs – The CSA has shared their upcoming summer/fall schedule of courses, conferences and more! Check out the upcoming activities below.

2nd Annual CSA/USF Simulation Conference: “Making an Impact on Healthcare Education: Bridging the Gap Using Simulation”

October 13-15, 2016

All three courses are held at the University of San Francisco. Why not make a weekend of it and enjoy the city? We are securing a hotel block, which will be announced soon, at a discounted rate.

October 13: CHSE and CHSOS readiness review classes. Sponsored by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

October 14: Special pre-conference debriefing workshop featuring Dr. Jenny Rudolph and Dr. Mary Fey! The Center for Medical Simulation at Harvard and the CSA are co-sponsoring this exciting pre-conference.

October 15: Simulation Conference: “Making an Impact on Healthcare Education: Bridging the Gap Using Simulation” Keynote speaker: Dr. Jenny Rudolph

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2016 CSA Course Calendar

Simulation Evaluation: 2016
August 5, 2016
Location: University of San Francisco, Fromm Hall
Cost: $350
Course Description: In this seminar, learners will review current best practices for assessment and evaluation of simulation activities with special consideration for reliable and valid tools available in the literature. A thorough grounding in feedback, assessment and evaluation theory and practice will be provided, with opportunities for discussion and application to simulation practice.

Simulation Intensive
August 11-13, 2016
Location: Cal Baptist University, Riverside, CA
Cost: $1250 CSA subscribers; $1500 nonsubscribers
19.5 CEUs

Advanced Debriefing
August 22, 2016
Location: Sacramento State University
Cost: $300 CSA subscribers, $350 nonsubscribers
6.5 CEUs

Special Pre-Conference: Debriefing Workshop, Featuring Drs. Jenny Rudolph and Mary Fey
Sponsored by CSA and CMS
October 14, 2016
Location: University of San Francisco, McLaren Hall
Cost: $499 CSA subscribers; $550 nonsubscribers

2nd Annual Simulation Conference: “Making an Impact on Healthcare Education: Bridging the Gap Using Simulation”
Sponsored by CSA and USF Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jenny Rudolph
October 15, 2016
Location: University of San Francisco

Simulation Intensive
October 20, 21, & 22, 2016
Cal State University San Marcos, San Marcos, CA
Cost: $1250 CSA subscribers; $1500 nonsubscribers
19.5 CEUs

Learn more and Register on the CSA website today!

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Southern California Simulation Collaborative Hosts TeleHealth Robotics and Laerdal Mini-SUN

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On Friday at Cal State LA about 50 Southern California Simulation Collaborative (SCSC) met for a day of simulation activities, starting with a presentation from CSL School of Health Lecturer Jane Hook MN RN about utilizing Telehealth robots in the simulation experience. The event was sponsored by Laerdal who helped to provide lunch for the participants.

The mobile telepresence was a product from Double Robotics device was controlled by an iPhone, which also provided the camera for the iPad like screen which represented Jane as she drove around the room. Following this the group moved to the simulation lab to watch how the telepresence robot moved into the room and engage with the simulated patient. For large rural areas, these devices will become more and more common as select medical personnel remain

The goals of the program to utilize TeleHealth were around promoting interprofessional education:

  • Allow students in different programs to participate in simulation together
  • Allow the pre-licensure student to communicate with a HCP and give report, take oders, read back, etc.
  • Incorporate telehehalth technologies.

Further reading: “Clinical applications: telenursing and medicine to monitor critical care patients”. (Trenary, K. (2007) iCare Intensive Care, Banner Healthcare, Arizone Nurse Mar2007. 60(20)p6.

Check out this case study from the Duke University School of Nursing highlighting the use of the Double Robotics telepresence mobile device.

Later in the afternoon meeting sponsor Laerdal provided a “mini” SUN, providing CEUs on various product showcases.

For more information check out these websites:

Southern California Simulation Collaborative

Double Robotics Telepresence Website

Cal State LA Nursing Simulation Center

New Pilot Study Seeks Participants & 1-Day November Workshop From California Simulation Alliance

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This week’s newsletter from the California Simulation Alliance made mention of a new pilot study and upcoming 1-day Simulation Conference:

CSA Pilot Study

The CSA is conducting a pilot study to investigate the value of formalizing a continuing mentoring service to our Faculty Development Program.  Study results from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) landmark, multi-site, longitudinal study indicated that up to 50% of clinical hours in pre-licensure nursing curricula could be substituted with high quality simulation without negative impact on NCLEX pass rates.

Although networking and informal mentoring relationships are established during the CSAcourses, literature supports that a single course coupled with trial and error are not effective in sustaining the development of comprehensive, progressive simulation programs.  As a response to the NCSBN study results the CSA is proposing a new methodology for training simulation educators: “A Comprehensive, Progressive, Tiered, Supported and Goal-oriented Program for Healthcare Simulation Educators.”

The program’s target audience is healthcare educators who have regular involvement in simulation. This new program seeks to extend the learning experience with a comprehensive plan driven by an end goal of certification as CHSE (Certified Health Care Educator) through the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).

This project seeks to recruit participants who sign up for the CSA’s Simulation Intensive course on November 5 – 7, 2015. The pilot project will be positioned around this course and offer participants the opportunity to receive a customized education plan based on a needs assessment, mentoring from an experienced healthcare simulation educator and three hours of consultative services. During the project phase there will be no additional cost for any of the initial assessment, consultation or mentoring for 3 months. The CSA is excited about this new opportunity within the field of healthcare simulation.

2015 CSA Course Calendar

Simulation Intensive

Participation entitles you to an initial assessment, consultation or mentoring for 3 months as part of our pilot project.  Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity, sign up now!
November 5-7, 2015

Location: San Jose, CA
Cost: $1,250 CSA subscribers; $1,500 non-subscribers
19.5 CEUs

Simulation Conference

The University of San Francisco and the CSA are co-sponsoring a Simulation Conference on November 21, 2015 on the USF campus.  The keynote speaker is: Connie Lopez, MSN, CNS, RNC-OB, CPHRM, National Leader, Simulation and Risk Education, National Risk Management & Patient Safety. Many of the CSA faculty will be presenting breakout sessions throughout the day.

Location: University of San Francisco McLaren Hall
November 21, 2015Cost: $75 CSA subscribers; $100 non-subscribers
6.5 CEUs

Learn more about the study and the conference on the CSA Website!

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Magic In Teaching Day 1 Update

Today I was able to attend CINHC’s “Magic in Teaching” conference in San Diego.  CINHC has combined the annual southern and northern events into one meeting which migrates between the North and South every other year.  Here are some great notes I learned from today’s meeting:

Nigel Chong Lance Baily Glen Williams

Nigel Chong BN, RN, CNC from Australia’s University of Tasmania (seen above with Glen Williams) provided the MIT keynote “Learning to Rescue: teaching to the Individuals Reality”:

  • Develop to meet the need of the participant but also for  the needs of a diverse range of users with a multidisciplinary and inter-professional approach.
  • Have classroom tables in the same room as the ward so you can quickly transfer theory into practice.
  • Have a simulation interest group with personnel from local institutions to develop the field in your community.
  • Connect an emotional feeling with your students during their practice to provide them with lasting clinical memory!  Evoking feeling in your learners connects a physical, emotional response with the knowledge they are consuming.

Angela Williams MSN, RN and her team from the Charles Drew University Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing presented on their inter-professional simulation program with the School of Medicine:

  • Provide standardized training as much as possible with faculty new to simulation.
  • Clearly define and require faculty to maintain their roles throughout the simulation experience.
  • Consider all data collection needs before beginning operations as once the current phase of the program is launched it is difficult to backtrack.  Minimally provide pre and post surveys.
  • Keep the groups as small as possible to maximize learning opportunities.
  • Have faculty from all included professions present during the simulation experiences, to address questions and concerns from different disciplines.
  • Request additional educators so that the coordinator of the simulation experiences can be free to keep operations moving if their are immediate needs outside of the current learning environment (ie last minute questions that occurred when prepping the simulator for the next scenario).

Magic in Teaching continues tomorrow but unfortunately I have to head back to Las Vegas.  Learn more about “Magic In Teaching” at CINHC’s website.

“Rescue Me” Sim Workshop Oct. 25th in San Francisco

Exclusive Sim Workshop!

Nigel Chong BN, RN – Manager of National Simulation Operations & Development, University of Tasmania
Glen Williams BN, RN – Manager of Training & Educational Services, Calvary Health Care Tasmania

Keynote speaker at the 2011 Magic in Teaching/Simulation Conference (MIT), Nigel Chong BN, RN, and presenter at MIT, Glen Williams BN, RN, are bringing their dynamic and unique approach to nursing education to the Bay Area. Their “Rescue Me” Simulation Workshop will have the participant explore why clinicians fail to rescue. Participants will learn how to identify the obstacles in their organizations that contribute to the fail-to-rescue culture. They will then identify solutions and techniques to meet this dilemma by using simulation, as well as the importance of having a reality, not just a skills, approach to the scenarios. This course is very hands-on, participant-involved, and will utilize a 3G simulator, defibrillator and more.


Download the flyer here!

October  25, 2011, 4 hour session.

TWO opportunities: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. OR 1-5 p.m.

San Francisco Paramedic Association
657 Mission Street, Suite 302
San Francisco, CA 94105

Register for this exciting one-time-only course!

Or go to and click on CSA Educational Programs
Questions? Contact KT at

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Early Bird Registration Ends Tomorrow for Magic-In-Teaching!

CA Institute for Nursing Healthcare

Hey Sim Champs, especially those on the U.S. West Coast, take note that early Bird rate for Magic in Teaching put on by the  California Institute of Nursing and Health Care ends tomorrow, Friday September 9th!

Magic in Teaching is a two-day continuing education program for nurse faculty heldonce a year. Offered in partnership with the California Board of Registered Nursing, the program seeks to enhance the quality of nurse education in California through professional development and renewal.

The program introduces new educational approaches and emerging technology to educators and has included high fidelity simulation and new models of collaboration.  Magic in Teaching was first introduced in 2005 and is currently offered just once a year and rotates between Northern and Southern California.

This year’s MIT will be held in Southern California at the Crowne Plaza San Diego on October 18 & 19. Don’t miss out on:

– Keynote speakers

  • Nigel Chong, University of Tasmania, Australia
  • Dr. Suzie Kardong-Edgren, Editor of Clinical Simulation in Nursing
  • Dr. KT Waxman, Director of the CSA
  • Deloras Jones, Executive Director of CINHC

–  Expert panels and over 20 breakout sessions
–  IOM Report update
–  Pre-conference Oct. 17 including Vital SIM Training by Laerdal, Advanced Technical Training by Laerdal and Standardized Patient Workshop

WHEN: October 18 & 19, 2011

WHERE: Crowne Plaza San Diego

Register for the annual Magic in Teaching conference by Friday, 9/2, at midnight PT and cash in on the Early Bird rate of just $325 for the two-day conference!

Group rates and student discounts are available!

Click here for the latest 2011 Magic-In-Teaching agenda & register at the CINHC website!