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SCF’s MTSC Designated as a Regional Training Center for FHSA

(Bradenton, Fla., November 21, 2014) — The Medical Technology and Simulation Center (MTSC) at SCF Lakewood Ranch was recently designated as one of four regional training centers for the Florida Healthcare Simulation Alliance (FHSA).  The mission of the FHSA is to advance, coordinate and expand the use of all forms of simulation in academic settings, health care institutions and agencies across the state to advance health care education to foster patient safety.

On Nov. 21, SCF’s MTSC hosted "Hot Topics!" A One Day Simulation Conference sponsored by the West Central Region of FHSA. The conference provided health care professionals with the opportunity to collaborate and exchange ideas on improving patient and student outcomes through the use of simulation.

Dr. Cathy King, an SCF BSN faculty member, is the vice chair for the West Central Florida Region of the FHSA. King is also one of 12 health care professionals selected to serve on the FHSA’s statewide Faculty Council Task Force charged with developing the core curriculum for simulation competence through continuing education.

“SCF is proud to partner with the West Central Region of FHSA to offer continuing education training to health care professionals throughout the state. Earning the distinction as a regional training center is testament to SCF’s cutting-edge technology and highly qualified educators who are dedicated to providing quality health care to the community,” King said.

SCF Simulation Center Manager Jane Smith and Debra Marr, SCF simulation and assessment lab coordinator and Associate in Science in Nursing faculty member, assisted in planning the conference. Conference presentations included “Cooking Up Realism in Simulation,” “Pedagogy: Models of Debriefing for Different Objectives and Circumstances,” “Scenario Development” and “Integration of Simulation into the Curriculum.”

The keynote speaker at the conference was Dr. Henry Henao, clinical assistant professor and director of the Simulation, Teaching and Research Center at Florida International University. Henao shared the recent research findings from “Inside the NCSBN National Simulation Study – FL Implication for Clinical Education."  

SCF is an academic gold-level member of the FHSA. The alliance serves as a resource to facilitate collaboration, networking and the development and integration of best practices into the delivery of patient care and to improve patient safety.

FHSA Conference
Dr. Cathy King, SCF BSN faculty member and vice chair for the West Central Florida Region
of the FHSA; Debra Marr, SCF simulation and assessment lab coordinator and Associate in
Science in Nursing faculty member; Laura Gonzalez, assistant professor at the University of
Central Florida College of Nursing and interim director of the FHSA; Kim Walztoni, nursing
faculty member at St.Petersburg Collegeandchair for the West Central Florida Region of the
FHSA; and Dr. Henry Henao, clinical assistant professor and director of the Simulation,
Teaching and Research Center at Florida International University.

 

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