The 4th Biennial NLN/Boise State University Simulation Conference

Conference Speakers

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Carol Fowler Durham, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Keynote Address- Simulation and Its Influence on Safe Patient Care 

Dr. Carol Durham is a visionary educator and consultant with expertise in practice-based education for all levels of nursing. Dr. Durham brings more than 30 years’ experience in nursing and interprofessional education. She is professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing where she also directs the Education-Innovation-Simulation Learning Environment (EISLE). As a member of the RWJF’s Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project, Carol has developed simulation-based educational experiences that reflect cutting-edge pedagogy. Dr. Durham has made significant and sustained contributions in interprofessional education and is a leader in preparing faculty to integrate quality and safety into their curriculum and their teaching in the preparation of the next generation of healthcare providers. She uses innovative strategies such as Friday Night at the ER to demonstrate the system of care in which health professionals influence outcomes, and to uncover bias and behaviors that affect quality in patient care. Known for teaching learners, practitioners and faculty with stimulating content and methods, Carol’s contributions to quality and safety education have been widely recognized. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education. She received the 2010 Academic Achievement Award from Western Carolina University; the Alumni of the Year award from the University of North Carolina and Western Carolina University in 2008; and Nurse Educator of the Year award in 2005 from the North Carolina Board of Nursing. She is Past President of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning (INACSL).

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William C. McGaghie, PhD
Plenary Speaker- Mastery Learning

Dr. McGaghie is Professor of Medical Education and Professor of Preventive Medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois where he served from 1992 to 2012, returning in 2015. He has previously held faculty positions at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago (1974 to 1978), the University of North Carolina School of Medicine (1978 to 1992), and the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (2013 to 2015). Dr. McGaghie’s research and writing in medical education and preventive medicine ranges widely covering such topics as personnel and program evaluation, research methodology, medical simulation, attitude measurement, medical student selection, concept mapping, curriculum development, faculty development, standardized patients, and geriatrics. He serves on the editorial boards of five scholarly journals: Medical Teacher, Advances in Health Sciences Education, Advances in Simulation, Teaching and Learning in Medicine, and Simulation in Healthcare. Dr. McGaghie served on the Research Advisory Committee for Academic Medicine and reviews manuscripts for many other scholarly journals including the Annals of Internal Medicine, JAMA, the New England Journal of Medicine, Medical Education, and The American Statistician. He has been awarded research and training grants from a variety of NIH Institutes and eight private foundations (Josiah C. Macy, Jr., Foundation, Charles E. Culpeper Foundation). McGaghie has served on several National Institutes of Health and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Study Sections and as a grant application referee for several private foundations including the NBME Stemmler Fund and the Spencer Foundation. He has served as a consultant to a variety of professional organizations and to universities and medical schools worldwide. Dr. McGaghie has authored or edited nine books including two recent edited volumes, International Best Practices for Evaluation in the Health Professions (London: Radcliffe Publishing, Ltd. [now Taylor and Francis], 2013); and [with Louis N. Pangaro], Handbook on Medical Student Evaluation and Assessment (North Syracuse, NY: Gegensatz Press, 2015). McGaghie has published over 300 journal articles, textbook chapters, and book reviews in health professions education, simulation-based education, preventive medicine, and related fields.


Endnote Address- The Business of Simulation and Return on Investment

Dr. KT Waxman is a nurse leader with over 30 years of experience in health care and corporate settings. She is a tenured Associate Professor at the University of San Francisco, and is the Director of both the Executive Leader DNP and Masters of Healthcare Simulation programs. She is the Director of the California Simulation Alliance (CSA) at HealthImpact. An internationally known speaker and author, Waxman is also a past president of the Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL) and past board member, serving as Treasurer, for the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). She is active in numerous committees for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) and serves on the Finance Committee for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL). Dr. Waxman's work has been published extensively and can be found in the Journal for Simulation in Healthcare, Clinical Simulation for Nursing, Journal of Nursing Education, Nurse Leader and Creative Nursing journals, among others. She has authored 3 books on Finance and Budgeting and her 4th book, “Healthcare Simulation Program Builder” was released in December, 2015. She has authored several chapters in simulation textbooks. Dr. Waxman received her DNP from the University of San Francisco, with an emphasis on health systems leadership and a concentration in clinical simulation. She holds certifications as Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), Certification in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP), Certification as a Simulation Healthcare Educator (CHSE) and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (FSSH).


Susan Forneris, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE-A

Susan Gross Forneris PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE-A is currently the Excelsior Director for the National League for Nursing Center for Innovation in Simulation and Technology, Washington, DC.  Selected for inclusion in the 2010 inaugural group of NLN Simulation Leaders, she has been working in the field of clinical simulation since 2003. She served as a simulation expert for the NLN ACE.S Team (Advancing Care Excellence for Seniors) and a simulation author for the NLN ACE.Z Alzheimer’s simulation scenario series. She has been instrumental in the design and implementation of NLN faculty development courses focused on simulation pedagogy, foundations, debriefing, curriculum integration and evaluation.  Most recently, she co-authored Critical Conversations: The NLN Guide for Teaching Thinking.

Dr. Forneris’ expertise is in curriculum development with emphasis on simulation and debriefing in combination with her research on critical thinking. Her publications focus on the development and use of reflective teaching strategies to enhance critical thinking in novice nurses. Dr. Forneris is actively engaged in initiating multi-site simulation research on the impact of simulation and debriefing and high stakes testing on student learning outcomes.

She was a former Professor of Nursing at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN.

Rosemary Macy, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE
Dr. Rosemary Macy is an Associate Professor with Boise State University in the School of Nursing. Dr. Macy currently serves as the Simulation Faculty Development & Education Coordinator. Macy came to the Boise State University’s School of Nursing in 1999 and has played an integral part in the development of the College of Health Science simulation program since 2006. Dr.Macy has national recognition for her work as a Simulation Faculty Expert and has developed the Standardized Patient Program for the Simulation Center as well as help facilitate the NLN/Boise State conferences held at Boise State University. Macy also is currently teaching in the Graduate Healthcare Simulation Certificate program at Boise State and was involved in the development of the program.

Dr. Macy enjoys mentoring nursing faculty in the use simulation in their nursing courses and the development of simulation scenarios for the Simulation Center in the School of Nursing at Boise State University. Macy holds certifications as Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE), Certification as a Simulation Healthcare Educator (CHSE) and is a member of International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).
Jone Tiffany, DNP, MA, RN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF
Jone is a Professor of Nursing, Healthcare Education Consultant, and Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach. In her academic role, she is involved in the use of simulation, educational technology, and teaches nursing informatics. She also chairs the Quality of Care Committee of the Board of Directors for the HealthEast Care system in St. Paul, MN. Jone has presented nationally and internationally on the use of simulation to improve outcomes, the use of the virtual world Second Life for nursing and medical education, and on the use of technology to improve student outcomes. She is a Certified Nurse Educator, Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator, and will be inducted into the Academy of Nursing Education Fellows in September 2016. She is also the NLN Technology Scholar in Residence for 2016-2017.
Janet Willhaus, PhD, RN, CHSE
Janet Willhaus is a nurse educator and simulation scholar with an interest in stress associated with learning and patient care activities. Willhaus began using simulation as a teaching and training method while serving as a US Army Reserve Nurse Corp officer and later transferred that skill to teaching with simulation in nursing. She is currently the Facilitator of Simulation Research for the Boise State University Health Science Simulation Center. She also spearheaded the development of the Graduate Healthcare Simulation Certificate program at Boise State. Prior to moving to Boise State in 2013, Willhaus was mentored by international simulation research expert Suzan Kardong-Edgren, at Washington State University. She also directed the Ft. Hays State University nursing’s simulation laboratory in Hays, Kansas, from 2005-2008.

In 2011, Willhaus was selected as the first ever pre-doctoral fellowship as the National League for Nursing (NLN) Simulation Scholar in Residence. She spent a year working at the NLN headquarters in New York City and traveled around the nation mentoring nursing faculty on evidence-based practices in simulation pedagogy. In 2012, Willhaus was named an NLN Jonas Scholar by the Jonas Foundation and received dissertation funding support. She also taught in the landmark National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) study which provided support for the use of simulation as a substitute for clinical practice in nursing students. In 2015, Willhaus was the program planning director for the International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning conference in Atlanta attended by 850 people.

Willhaus’ research is unique in nursing because she uses stress biomarkers isolated from saliva samples to detect stress fluctuations in participants. She is also interested in how these physiological stress measures correlate with a participant’s self-report of stress during learning and patient care activities. She has a strong interest in interprofessional education and included participants from six different health science education programs her dissertation work. She continues to support the National League for Nursing by in speaking and teaching at various conferences and she volunteers for other national organizations which promote nursing education and research using simulation.
K. David Bodily, MS, RN, CHSE
David helped launch simulation education at Western Wyoming Community College in the classic manner – from a borrowed closet with a simulator and a copy of ‘Simulation in Nursing Education’ from the NLN and Jeffries. After crafting and delivering simulation curriculum at Western for seven years, he joined the School of Health Science at Casper College as director of the interdisciplinary Health Science Simulation Center. David was responsible for all aspects of HSSC operations and education, including faculty development. He oversaw the successful SSH accreditation bid by the HSSC. David is currently the Director of post-licensure undergrad programs at the University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing.
Janet Coe, MSN, RN, CHSE
Janet Richards Coe is assistant faculty in nursing at Montana Tech in Butte, MT. Janet earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Montana State University and her Master’s in Nursing Education from Western Governor’s University. Janet worked for 17 years at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. Upon returning to her hometown of Butte, MT, she completed her Master's degree and began working at Montana Tech in 2012. She is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator and a member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. She currently teaches pharmacology, facilitates and oversees the medical-surgical simulation lab, and chairs the Montana Tech nursing simulation committee. She also has provided simulation consulting services for other nursing programs interested in implementing simulation.
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Kay Gregorio, BSN, RN
Kay Gregorio is an adjunct faculty member at Boise State University’s School of Nursing. She teaches the behavioral health clinical lab which is an on-campus clinical that consists of 7 simulation scenarios and numerous classroom and community activities. She assists with simulation operations by conducting standardized patient training for the behavioral health simulations. In addition, she supports the simulation operations specialists by reviewing upcoming simulation scenario setups for continuity which includes faculty teaching packets, patient charts for student learning, supplies, moulage, and manikin set-up. Kay works as a bedside nurse in newborn intensive care unit (NICU). Her interests in nursing and nursing education are family-centered care, safety, and the simulation learning environment. Kay was in the first cohort of graduates from Boise State University’s Healthcare Simulation Certificate program and is completing her final semester of the Master of Science in Nursing program at Lamar University (Beaumont, Texas).