“We were constantly challenged in the sim lab, often participating in our own resuscitation scenarios,” said Andrew Geller ’17, a critical care nurse at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “Particularly important was the fact that our professors empowered my peers and I to take on the role of the ‘code leader,’ acting as the guiding force during the simulation. I quickly put this training to use upon starting as a new graduate nurse in the ED and continue to utilize it while caring for patients in the ICU.”
Quinnipiac’s event is held in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the National Academy of Medicine’s report, “To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System,” a landmark report that recognized that medical errors and patient harm are a pervasive and unacceptable problem in health care.
Healthcare Simulation Week, September 16-20, is sponsored by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and celebrates professionals who use health care simulation to improve the safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of health care delivery. New methods and technologies are emerging that present enhanced opportunities to improve patient care; as a result, it is an important field in which many health care professionals are finding a lifelong career.