International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH)
In January, three staff from the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine attended the annual conference of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) in San Diego, California. This event attracts approximately 5,000 delegates including strong support from industry partners in the field. Sharon Maclean (Lecturer and PhD candidate), Sarah Sheehan (Laboratory Manager) and Michelle Kelly (Director, Community of Practice) were supported by the school to attend the 2016 meeting, a key event on the calendar of healthcare simulation offerings.
There was a mix of pre-conference workshops, plenary and concurrent sessions provided delegates with a plethora of choice and the keynote speakers for 2016 were impressive and entertaining. Although their backgrounds were not specifically linked to simulation-based education, their messages were clear and applicable to practices in the field. There were also many opportunities for networking with other staff in the simulation domain.
New simulation technologies and products in this rapidly growing field were available for viewing and some may even be applicable in the SoNMP labs. Alongside four colleagues from Canada, UK, Norway and Australia, Michelle contributed to a panel discussion about simulation pedagogy an emerging area of interest and publications. The panel discussion was based on the August 2015 special issue of Clinical Simulation in Nursing which offered 5 papers on simulation theory (edited by Debra Nestel, Monash University).
There will be ongoing benefits to the schools expanding profile of using simulation-based education across curricula, and wider benefits in sharing with other schools across the faculty.