INSPIRE Provides Support to Healthcare Simulation Pediatric Reseachers

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INSPIRE, aka The International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research & Education provides feedback to members on research related to research in healthcare simulation. The team has been growing steadily since launching in 2011.

Who is Inspire?

INSPIRE is built around novice and expert researchers, educators, and clinicians who are interested in collaborating across the globe to improve the care delivered to all neonates, infants, and children, using simulation.  Our membership and institutions have been steadily growing, and we represent 6 of the 7 continents. The INSPIRE infrastructure and logistical support comes from funds from both the RBaby Foundation & the Laerdal Foundation. We wish to extend a heartfelt thanks and gratitude for the support in carrying out our mission.

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Research Support

The International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education (INSPIRE) network was formed in 2011 through the merger of the examining pediatric resuscitation education through simulation and scripting (EXPRESS) and patient outcomes in simulation education (POISE) networks, and is supported by the Laerdal Foundation for Acute Medicine and the RBaby Foundation. INSPIRE’s membership is international (North America, Europe, Middle East, and Australia) and includes 112 institutions. INSPIRE seeks to improve the delivery of medical care to acutely ill children through research in pediatric resuscitation, technical skills, behavioral skills, and simulation-based education. INSPIRE investigators have 15 studies planned, ongoing, or completed in areas including debriefing methods, teamwork, and simulation instruction in procedural and psychomotor skills, as well as simulation studies of clinical innovations. For example, the improving pediatric acute care through simulation (IMPACTS) study has developed and validated cases to study care of simulated infants by different emergency department teams; site enrollment has begun, with an anticipation that 32 hospitals will be involved (INSPIRE)

INSPIRE’s Executive Committee reviews and approves proposals, and develops policies and procedures for the network. An external Network Advisory Board provides counsel on study conduct and publications. INSPIRE has a consultative submission process (to obtain consultation to inform a submission) as well as a new project submission process. INSPIRE proposals with external support are expected to allocate 0.1 FTE for administrative support of the network (INSPIRE).

Learn more on the INSPIRE website today!

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TEDxTalk From PhD RN Elaine Meyer “On Being Present, Not Perfect” in Healthcare

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At IMSH 2015 I had the privilege of meeting Elaine C. Meyer, PhD, RN, in her capacity as Chair of the Affiliations committee for the Society of Simulation in Healthcare, and the Director of the Institute for Professionalism & Ethical Practice at Boston Children’s Hospital. Learning about her role as Associate Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, Elaine and I started to talk about our shared mission to better the world by addressing the changes that need to come into healthcare communication. She informed me of her TEDxTalk on the very subject and I knew we had to share it on HealthySim! In her intimate talk, Dr. Meyer draws on both professional and personal experience to illustrate the profound gaps in healthcare communication and how to close them.

On Being Present, Not Perfect

The conversations that matter most in healthcare are often the most sensitive and challenging.  From conveying serious diagnoses to ethical quandaries surrounding end-of-life care, these conversations are the bedrock of the patient-provider relationship.  When they go well, patients’ health outcomes, trust, and satisfaction with care are enhanced.  In her highly regarded TEDTalk, “On Being Present, Not Perfect” Elaine C. Meyer, PhD, RN draws on both professional and personal experience to illustrate the profound gaps in healthcare communication and how to close them.  She unveils her vision to establish an emotional standard of care for patients and their families through honest, direct and genuine healthcare conversations.  She introduces the “one-room schoolhouse” educational approach and shares the Wizard of Oz metaphor blending Courage, Brains and Heart to guide healthcare conversations.  She also provides a helpful companion Facilitator’s Guide to deepen the learning potential of the Talk.

Elaine suggested to me at IMSH, that sometimes, change comes one conversation at a time. If this talk touches you, please share with your colleagues, friends and family. Together, we can help spread the word that these healthcare conversations matter deeply and that, indeed, we are called upon to be present, not perfect.

For more information, visit the Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice or email Elaine!

Endovascular Simulation & Educational Environment Video Resource Material From Mentice

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Mentice shares that this free “Endovascular Educational Environment Video Material” is “all you need to know from basics of sheath, catheter size, shape selection to role reversal training and procedure communication. There is also some team training psychology in there somewhere too!”.  If you are teaching such procedures with simulation this video series is worth reviewing! This continues the online resources from Mentice we have shared earlier including:

Video Series Includes:

  1. The Basics of Sheath’s and Catheters – This Mentice clinical tutorial discusses the differences between interventional catheters and sheaths and how to properly identify each device.
  2. Procedure Communication, Training to the physician – How incorporating simulation training can improve team communication and flow of procedure.
  3. Understanding the Metric Report – Breaking down the information that is provided at the completion of each procedure performed such as complications, tools and devices used and pre and post treatment vessel analysis.
  4. Role Reversal using Simulation – This video talks about how you can utilize simulation to practice and role play each team members responsibilities and duties in the procedure environment.
  5. Patient Recorder & Monitoring Report – An introduction to a unique training program and offering for persons who monitor and record procedures. A great tool for nursing and technical programs.
  6. Procedure Report: A Step by Step Guide – This video will guide the viewer on how to access the details and metrics produced during each procedure and how to best utilize this information.
  7. Understanding the User Interface – This video will walk the user through all the information and data that is provided at the beginning of each procedure and discusses opportunities for both learners and educators on how to best use this resource.
  8. Basic Catheter Skills – A quick look at how simulation can help operators practice and learn basic and advanced catheter skills.

Watch all the Endovascular Education Simulation videos for free thanks to Mentice!

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INACSL Research Advisor Seeks Support for Facilitator Competency Rubric

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Kim Leighton PhD, MSN, Assistant Dean, Research and Simulation Faculty Development DeVry Medical International and Research Advisor for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning is looking for some assistance with upcoming research:

As many of you are aware, we have been working to develop a Facilitator Competency Rubric for simulation facilitators. Even before the NCSBN study results, we knew that we needed to have competent facilitators but have had no way to measure that competency! The tool has been developed over the past two years with a lot of input from audiences at simulation conferences and we are now collecting data for the psychometric analysis. We are hoping to finish this part of the study over the summer but find that we need more data collection sites. Does your school have simulation learning opportunities for undergraduate nursing students over the summer? Would you be interested in participating? If so, please contact me at for additional information! Our IRB only covers US schools for this study; however, if you are located outside the US and are interested, please let me know as that will be the next study!

Contact information: Kim Leighton; 402-617-1401; Look forward to hearing from you!

Please Join Us in Supporting This Simulation Champion In Need


Dear Readers,

Please join me in supporting Patrick Smith, Government Strategic Account Manager for the U.S. Armed Services at Laerdal Medical, who is accepting support to cover unforeseen expenses due to the tragic loss of a member of his family.

“On March 13, 2015 Deanna Faye Pagel died at the age of 52 from injuries sustained in a homicide in Victoria, Texas. Unfortunately, there have been no suspects or arrests at this time and the investigation is being handled locally.

Faye was a very social person and loved being around people, family, and her pets. She was a mother of three children (Ambra, Nikki, and Cody) and a grandmother of eight wonderful grandchildren. One thing that Faye was also known for was her green thumb which she seemed to always be working in the garden and loved planting and making things beautiful.

My family had also recently lost my father (Charlie Smith) on this past Christmas Eve and pooled all of our funds together plus the very kind donations from friends and family through “GoFundMe” to assist with his funeral expenses.

Due to Faye’s untimely departure, our family was not prepared for the funeral / memorial expenses or possible reward for anyone assisting in the investigation that leads to the conviction of the person(s) responsible for taking such a sweet person from our family.

Thank you and God bless….”

 Please consider a gift to the Smith Family today through the Deanna Faye Pagel Memorial Fund Page


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INSPIRE – International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education : Free Support Community

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Today an introduction to INSPIRE: International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education, a free resource and support group for healthcare simulation champions looking to improve patient care outcomes. This is an incredible resource and should be shared as much as possible! Connect with these groups at IMSH or IPSSW in 2015.


The International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education is a rapidly growing, open research network designed to connect and mentor experts and novices across the world in answering important questions on pediatric care through the use of simulation. The INSPIRE Network formed in 2011 from a large group of simulation-based researchers from a variety of disciplines and specialties looking to improve collaboration, mentorship, and productivity.  We merged two large-scale research networks, EXPRESS and POISE, into INSPIRE in 2011.  We are not a formal academic society; rather, we are a bottom-up, grassroots organization that has formed to meet the needs of the rapidly changing landscape of pediatric simulation research.

As of March 13, 2014, INSPIRE maintains an active membership of over 500 simulation enthusiasts across the world in over 26 countries.  We represent the disciplines of medicine, nursing, allied health, pre-hospital care, psychology, engineering, public health, and education.  Although a large number of us work in pediatrics and related pediatric subspecialties, we also have non-healthcare members and those in other medical specialties – including emergency medicine, obstetrics / gynecology, and surgery.  There are no membership fees or ceremonies. We simply want to do good research and outreach and to help others do the same.  Joining is free, and anyone with study ideas looking for guidance or additional sites, or simply an interest in joining a study is welcome to join by emailing us. We do have centralized processes to review study ideas and provide feedback and/or support.

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INSPIRE Executive Team:

  • Adam Cheng, MD (Alberta Health Services – Alberta, Canada) Co-Chair
  • Marc Auerbach, MD MSci (Yale University – New Haven, CT) Senior Co-Chair
  • Betsy Hunt, MD MPH PhD (Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD) Senior Co-Chair
  • David O Kessler, MD MSci (Columbia University – New York, NY) Research Chair
  • Ralph MacKinnon, MD (Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital – Manchester, England) International Chair
  • Vinay Nadkarni, MD MS (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA) Senior Co-Chair
  • Martin V Pusic, MD PhD (New York University – New York, NY)
  • Karambir Singh, MD MPH (Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD)
  • Jordan Duval-Arnould, PhD (Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD) Co-director of Technology
  • Todd P Chang, MD MAcM (Children’s Hospital Los Angeles – Los Angeles, CA) Co-director of Technology

INSPIRE Vision:  Improve the delivery of medical care to acutely ill children by answering important research questions pertaining to pediatric resuscitation, technical skills, behavioural skills, and simulation-based education.


  1. Identify consensus research priorities
  2. Facilitate single and multicenter research projects
  3. Build expertise and knowledge
  4. Provide mentorship for new / novice investigators
  5. Promote an International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education

Are you headed to IMSH or IPSSW 2015 events?

An INSPIRE @ IMSH or INSPIRE @ IPSSW takes an entire day, in which multiple ALERT presentations of varying different stages of development – some studies barely in the brainstorming phase, and others already completing and looking for the next steps – will get presented.  The focus of the meetings, though, is less about the presentations, and more about active participations.  We devote over 60% of the meeting time for your projects.  We divide up into small teams, gather experts, allow networking, and generally develop your projects forward.

Learn more by downloading the INSPIRE 2014 Organizational report and then connect at !

You’ll Be Thankful for This Free Medical Simulation Newsletter!

Have you signed up yet for the FREE newsletter? This monthly email provides you with a comprehensive summary of all the latest news, resources, product demos, tutorials and more from’s daily collection of global medical simulation information. Included in this subscription is an access unlock code to the complete HealthySimAdmin video series, eight sessions of administrative content focusing specifically on how to build and manage a healthcare simulation program!

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Today in the United States we are celebrating Thanksgiving where we come together to celebrate what we are thankful for. I am thankful that you read and find it useful! When I started this website five years ago I just wanted to learn and share as much as I could about healthcare simulation, and still get excited every month to see just how many others share a similar passion! Thanks for reading HealthySim!

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Worldpoint Offers Free Medical Simulation Consulting


I was recently forwarded an email from a sim champ who received an offer to help from Christin Coffee, Clinical Simulation Consultant at Worldpoint, a company which provides a dynamic range of training products from a variety of manufacturers. Worldpoint is one of three Silver Sponsors to this year’s SimGHOSTS 2014 USA Simulation Technology training event.

What I appreciated most was Christin’s offer to bring equipment to sim programs and let them use it for training, just so they could see if they liked it! I wanted to extend Christin’s offer to the HealthySim community and so she wrote this letter to you!

You can learn more about Worldpoint on their website!

Hi HealthySim readers-

My name is Christin Coffey and I am a Clinical Simulation Consultant with Worldpoint. If you are not already familiar, WorldPoint is a leading distributor of healthcare training products for over 25 manufacturers. My role at WorldPoint is to work with clients to find the most appropriate healthcare training tools to meet their educational and training objectives using the wide variety of simulation products that we carry. WorldPoint’s Clinical Simulation Consultants offer a unique ability to present a wide selection of simulation solutions based on specific educational targets; such as: advanced life support, trauma, obstetrics, geriatric, pediatric, surgical, assessment, recognition, debriefing and CPR. Our Clinical Simulation Specialists also present solutions based on your preference, budgetary guidelines, technique and specific training goals.

Our consultative approach is focused on providing a comprehensive package to best suit your training needs. We will help you achieve your goal of realistic training, resulting in enhanced learning and improved patient care and outcomes. Allow our knowledgeable team to assist your efforts in creating the best training environment. WorldPoint’s consultants are always available to help research the simulation product market and provide answers to your questions. We are also available for onsite and web demonstrations. Simulation training has become a critical piece of healthcare education, so please feel free to contact us to learn how WorldPoint can help you meet your educational and training goals. We look forward to working with you!

-Christin Coffey
Simulation Consultant at WorldPoint

To get in touch with your Clinical Simulation Consultant please email me at:

Medical Simulation Program Administrators: “Dealing with Healthcare Simulation IT Issues” Session Free for One Week Only!

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If you manage or coordinate a healthcare simulation lab program then this is no April fool’s joke!

We continue to celebrate yesterday’s 500th article on by sharing here the 2-Hour HD recorded session from HealthySimAdmin on IT Issues & Structures for Healthcare Simulation Program Administrators, led by James Cypert, Technology Director for California Baptist University and currently Interim President for SimGHOSTS aka The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists. Valued at $150, for the next week you can now stream this video presentation from — but hurry it will go offline next week! Schedule some time to watch this powerful presentation by James followed by a panel discussion of eight simulation program administrators on the topic of IT. Click the link below to watch the 2 hour session!

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HealthySimAdmin was the world’s first broadcasted event providing an open and online discussion to share administrative solutions for the “how to” of medical simulation. During the live taping, more than 105 simulation program administrators from around the world participated in-person or online with the HealthySimAdmin panel of sim lab management experts from hospital, military, community college and university nursing programs, medical schools, EMS providers as well as medical simulation consultant groups to cover eight community-selected topics which included: Collaborative simulation program development, Funding sources & models, Faculty/educator buy-in, Research coordination, Daily operations, IT issues & support, Increasing utilization & Business development!

“IT Structures & Issues”: While the methodology of medical simulation has expanded exponentially in clinical education programs around the world, the understanding of the technical requirements necessary to operate these labs has remained somewhat linear. James Cypert leads our discussion of IT issues and support structures. He will provide valuable insights that will help your program avoid short and long-term technical failures. This conversation will include considerations for manikin, audiovisual, network, and computer desktop/laptop hardware needs. Our expert panel will then join James to discuss topics related to operating this new technology including: pitfalls to avoid when designing a new simulation space, lab security and how to control access to sensitive information, the most commonly preventable IT issues, IT support models, maximizing and protecting IT staff time, documentation development and distribution, and currently available training resources. This session will also introduce us to the benefits and recommendations when hiring simulation and IT staff as well as gaining their input on simulation-based equipment purchases. We will also discuss the critical need to consider and develop a plan for technology refresh cycles. Audience question and answer period to follow lecture and panel discussion. This session will help us learn how to successfully navigate the technology support needs of managing medical simulation.

Session Presentation Lead By:

James Dylan Cypert, BAP, BAIT, MCSE, MCT, MCP, MOUS, A+
Technology Director
California Baptist University School of Nursing

Balancing technological skills with interpersonal skills have always been the key to James Cypert’s success in technology. Earning degrees in Information Technology and another in Psychology stretched forth from his fundamental view that nearly all technology problems are really people issues. After spending 8 years in manufacturing, in 1997 James earned his first computer technology certification, and followed it with 14 more. James found great success for 12 in technical education by having a voracious appetite for learning and a unique ability explain complicated technological concepts in ways that were easily understood. In 2010, James accepted his current position as Technical Director for the School of Nursing at California Baptist University. He stepped into a simulation museum, with lots of bells and whistles and not used very often, structural design issues, the complexity of the systems, and lack of buy-in from IT made it difficult for the nursing content experts to get the desire outcomes from the technology. Working closely nursing content experts to develop scenarios, implementing faculty/staff development, and establishing buy-in with the universities IT department, the school of nursing has successfully transformed the simulation center from 2 simulations covering OB and Pediatrics for a total of 16 hours of simulation time, to a simulation center that now has 22 different simulations covering OB, Pediatrics, Adult Health, Mental Health, Critical Care, Community Health, Fundamentals, Physical Assessment, and Geriatrics for a total of 200+ hours of simulation time per semester. Recently James was appointed Interim President of the SimGHOSTS sim tech community support 501(c)3 non profit organization.

HealthySimAdmin IT Structures & Issues Session Now Offline!

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A Quick Favor To Help HealthySim & New Sim Champs!

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Sim Champs its true! clearly loves providing readers such as yourself from around the world with the latest and greatest in medical simulation related topics.

Did you know that last month over 7,200 unique visitors read almost 17,000 pages of content? In the past four years, thousands of HealthySim “Monthly Best Of” email subscribers have read our 500+ articles more than 325,000 times!

But there are new community members every day about to start their simulation journey — and we would appreciate your help to get them up and running through HealthySim.

Now… for that quick favor:

Today we’d like your help to “pay it forward” to other healthcare simulation users by including a link to through your ‘resource’ section of your healthcare simulation program’s website. If you can edit your page through a Content Management System (CMS) – this is as easy as copy/pasting the text just below: is a free medical simulation resource website with video tutorials, product reviews, conference recaps and the latest community news. Join HealthySim’s free monthly newsletter to get all the ‘Best Of Healthcare Simulation’ summarized to your email inbox. “

And for those who want to the backend html code:

<strong><a href=”” target=”_blank”></a> is a free <a href=”” target=”_blank”>medical simulation</a> resource website with video tutorials, product reviews, conference recaps and the latest community news. Join HealthySim’s free monthly newsletter to get all the ‘Best Of Healthcare Simulation’ summarized to your email inbox.</strong>

You can also add this banner below to your website if you want something “more colorful”:

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And the banner’s html code:

<p style=”text-align: center;”><a href=”” target=”_blank”><img style=”border: 2px solid black;” alt=”medical simulation” src=”×339.png” width=”550″ height=”180″ /></a></p>

By adding this link to your simulation program website you will be helping others become simulation champions. Thanks for the help and enjoy your non-simulated weekend!