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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 4:13pm

Deborah Johnston, a senior JCC nursing adjunct instructor, presented several ideas during the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare in Orlando, FL earlier this year.

The annual conference showcases the newest medical simulation technologies and techniques. Organized by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, IMSH is attended by leaders in simulation, authors of current research articles, and simulation theorists.

Fifty of the 3,000 conference attendees were invited to present during the IMSH’s Spectrum of Ideas. Although she believed that only one of her five presentation topics would be accepted by conference organizers, Mrs. Johnson discovered that all five were accepted.

“The Spectrum of Ideas was founded on the core principle that simulation-based education should not be limited by one’s budget or resources,” notes Kam McCowan, chair of the Spectrum of Ideas committee. “As a community, we have an opportunity to identify and, if it doesn’t exist, develop the ‘right tool for the job.’”

Mrs. Johnston’s presentations included a recipe for sputum in a COPD simulation, a post-partum complication scenario, blood clots, intravenous cannulation of a manikin, and a simulation for pulmonary edema. 

 “At my presentation on blood clots I had a lot of traffic, including members of the Simulation Society of Spain, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Defense,” she said.

According to Mrs. Johnston, the Department of Defense intends to use her blood clot recipe for their simulations.

During the conference, she also participated in a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator test prep class. The test covers learning theories, curriculum development, legal, ethical, and regulatory implications, conducting a simulation, and other topics.

As a first-time participant in an IMSH conference, Mrs. Johnston was paired with a mentor and was encouraged to network with Kim Leighton, assistant dean of research and simulation faculty development at DeVry Medical International. Dr. Leighton authored a research article Mrs. Johnston had used for her master’s degree thesis.

Mrs. Johnston was cited as a contributor to the Healthcare Simulation Dictionary, a new publication produced and distributed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

“I worked on the terminology and concepts work group for the dictionary, but didn’t realize my name would be in the publication,” said Mrs. Johnston.

Mrs. Johnston, who celebrates her 40th year in nursing in May, earned a bachelor’s degree at Niagara University and a master’s degree at Daemen College. She was a nurse at WCA Hospital from 1977-2010 prior to joining JCC’s faculty.

She has given presentations on nursing simulations at seminars and conferences throughout the U.S. and to regional healthcare organizations.

“Simulation is a large part of what I do at JCC to make nursing real for our students,” said Mrs. Johnston. “It is so rewarding to help future nurses work toward their educational goals.”

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