Agenda for February SimPOW

The agenda for the SimPOW meeting at Carlow University is as follows. We hope to see you there!

Location Information: February’s SimPOW event will be hosted in Curran Hall at Carlow University, Rooms 205 and 206. Parking is available in Parking Lot A.

Session Details:

  • Attendance is free.
  • CE credits will be awarded to attendees.
  • Lunch will be provided by Pocket Nurse.

Event Agenda:

  • 11-11:15 a.m. – Registration and Welcome
  • 11:15-12:15 p.m. – The Curran Critical Thinking Tool for Pr-Planning and Debriefing by Dr. Danielle Curran, DNP, MSN, RN
  • 12:15-12:45 p.m. – Lunch Session
  • 12:45-1:45 p.m. – Planning and Purchasing for Telehealth Simulation by Dr. Curran and William Ferchak
  • 1:45-2 p.m. – Meeting wrap-up

You still have time to RSVP here.

December was HUGE

SimPOW at Pocket Nurse

We had so many attendees at the December SimPOW meeting, we had to take the group photo in the Pocket Nurse Distribution Center!

SimPOW Agenda for Pocket Nurse Session

Saturday December 7, 2019, SimPOW returns for its third session at Pocket Nurse Corporate Campus. Join us for relevant content, lunch and networking, and the popular Pocket Nurse Product Raffle.

Session Details:

  • We will be raffling off several Pocket Nurse simulation product solutions, as well as simply giving others away!
  • Attendance and parking are free.
  • Continuing education (CE) credits are available.
  • Lunch will be provided.

Event Agenda:

  • 11-11:15 a.m. Registration and Welcome
  • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. “Students, Stress, and Simulation” by Elizabeth Katrancha, DNP, CCNS, RN, CSN, CNE, and Dawn Drahnak, DNP, RN, CCNS, CCRN, CHSE
  • 12:15-12:45 p.m. Lunch and Raffle
  • 12:45 -1:45 p.m. “Simulation Tech Hacks” by William Ferchak
  • 1:30 – 2 p.m. Closing Remarks

RSVP to the December SimPOW session here.

October SimPOW Agenda

The October SimPOW meeting is at Franciscan University of Steubenville, in Steubenville, Ohio.

Session Details:

  • Attendance is free
  • Continuing education (CE) credits are available
  • Lunch will be provided by KbPort

The event will be hosted in Stafford/Egan Hall. Park in any available spot.

11-11:15 a.m.: Registration and Welcome

11:15-11:45 a.m.: Lunch and KbPort equipment demonstration

11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m.: Innovations in Multi-Patient Pediatric Simulation, presented by Catherine Recznik, Ph.D., RN, CEN, CPEN

1:45- 2 p.m.: Meeting Conclusion

2-2:15 p.m.: Optional Facility Tour

To RSVP, fill out the form here.

RSVP for the August SimPOW Session

The next session of SimPOW will be on Saturday August 17 at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA. You can RSVP here.

Details will be forthcoming, but Simulaids products will be featured, and Simulaids will be providing lunch. We look forward to seeing you there!

SimPOW April Session

  • Date: April 27, 2019
  • Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Location: West Virginia University (WVU)
  • WVU STEPS David and Jo Ann Shaw Center
    1 Medical Center Dr. #3642, Morgantown WV 26506

Attendance is free and comes with Continuing Education (CE) Credits, lunch provided by ATI Nursing Education, and sessions on debriefing and virtual reality (VR).

See the official SimPOW agenda here, and RSVP to the April Session.

SimPOW at Kent State University

SimPOW comes to Kent State University, Tuscarawas campus, on Saturday Feb. 9, 2019. Attendance is free, lunch is provided, and CE credits are available.

Event Agenda:

11 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.: Registration and Welcome

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: 5 Types of Debriefing, presented by Molly Schleicher, RN, BSN, CHSE and Joy Laughlin, MSN

12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.: Lunch

12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.: Dimensions of Debriefing,
presented by Molly Schleicher, RN, BSN, CHSE and Joy Laughlin, MSN

1:45 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Meeting Conclusion

Address: 330 University Drive NE, New Philadelphia OH 44663

Parking is available in front of the Science and Technology Building, first building on the left.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Tips for Building a Standardized Patient Program

One of the challenges for nursing and healthcare education programs that want to use simulation scenarios is deciding whether or not to use standardized patients (also called standardized participants or simulated patients, and referred to here as SPs going forward).

Manikins can provide very basic feedback for some simulation scenarios. Learning how to take vital signs, perform CPR, and invasive procedures like placing an NG tube are best used with manikins. However, as healthcare professionals progress in their education, and move out of the classroom and into a simulation lab, more fidelity is required, and SPs can be sought.

Read more at SimTalk Blog.

Part I

Part II

These articles are based on a presentation by Jan Barber, MSN, RN, the Operations Manager / Education Planner for the RISE Center at Robert Morris University. “Building a Standardized Patient Program,” was presented at the SimPOW meeting of November 16, 2018, at Pocket Nurse Corporate Headquarters. To learn more about standardized patients in healthcare education, see the site for the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPEducators).

SimPOW at Pocket Nurse

SimPOW is happy to return to Pocket Nurse for a second year in a row.

Friday, Nov. 16, 2018
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pocket Nurse Corporate Headquarters
610 Frankfort Rd., Monaca, PA 15061


11-11:15 a.m.: Registration and welcome
11:15 a.m.-Noon: Simulated Participants by Janet Barber, Standardized patient manager and facilitator at Robert Morris University
Noon-12:30 p.m.: Lunch and give-aways
12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m: Simulation in Career Technical Education (CTE) by Theresa Cairns, Program coordinator at Beaver County Career and Technology Center
1:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m.: Digital Resources: Blogging and Social Media for Your Simulation Lab by Dawn Patton Mangine, Copywriter at Pocket Nurse

Session Details: As always, attendance is free and CE credits are available. A complimentary lunch is provided. Limited stock of Pocket Nurse simulation product solutions is available! Free parking is provided in front of the Pocket Nurse building.

See you there!

Medical Errors: Panel Discussion

Robert Morris University is holding a panel discussion about medical errors and how to address them, sponsored by the RMU Health Services Administration Program. A networking reception takes place from 5-6 pm, and the keynote presentation starts at 6 pm.

Medical Errors: American #3 Leading Cause of Death. What is the Solution?
Monday, October 29, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Yorktown Hall Westinghouse Room, Robert Morris University

Keynote Address/Panelist: Karen Wolk Feinsein, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation/Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative (PRHI)
Viewing of the patient safety film, To Err is Human

Panel Discussion
Paul Phrampus, MD, Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation Education and Research (WISER)
Kathy Hayes-Leight, AHN Patient Safety Officer
Richard Kundravi, Patient Safety Liaison, Northwest Region, PA Patient Safety Authority
Diane Frndak, HSA Faculty; Family member experienced a medical error
Facilited by Dr. Holly Hampe (HSA) and Dr. Suzan Kardong-Edgren (RISE Center)

If you are interested in attending, RSVP to Dr. Hampe,, or call 412-397-5483.