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The Simulation Learning, Education and Research Network (SimLEARN) is the VHA's program for simulation in health care training. Serving the largest integrated health care system in the world, VHA's SimLEARN provides an ever-growing body of curricula and best practices that improve health care for our nation's Veterans. The use of innovative technologies in a safe learning environment enhances diagnostic, procedural and communication skills to support quality care and the best possible outcomes.

Mobile simulation partners with Women's Health to conduct training

By Lionel Dacpano
Program Manager
SimLEARN Resuscitation Education Initiative (REdI)

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. 
A new SimLEARN Mobile Simulation Training Team (MSTT) at the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System (NWIHCS) is taking to the roads to conduct simulation training with providers at all levels across the region.

Recently, this SimLEARN MSTT partnered with the VHA Women’s Health Services to develop a 1-day mini residency for rural providers and nurses. The event was held in Grand Island on May 2 and again in Norfolk, Nebraska on May 4.

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Couple makes Alaska's Honor Flight Guardians 'REdI' to help Veterans

By Gerald Sonnenberg
EES Marketing and communication

ANCHORAGE, Alaska 
Since 2005, the non-profit organization Honor Flight Network has transported more than 160,000 Veterans of World War II and other conflicts to Washington D.C. to spend one day visiting the various monuments built in their honor, at no cost to the participant. Each Veteran is required to bring an escort to assist them on their journey. These Honor Flight Guardians are made up of family, friends and volunteers, and are an essential component of the success of the mission.

The Last Frontier Honor Flight hub in Big Lake, Alaska is making use of VHA’s Simulation Learning, Education and Research Network’s (SimLEARN’s) Resuscitation Education Initiative (REdI), as well as volunteers from the Alaska Veterans Affairs Healthcare System and Regional Office (AVAHSRO) to train their guardians in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). REdI, which is based at SimLEARN in Orlando, Florida, is a national program to standardize, document, track and monitor the provision of Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) training throughout VHA.

“The REdI program allows us and supports us to provide this training,” said Vicki Cushing-Breeden, a nurse practitioner at the AVAHSRO. She, along with her husband Rex Breeden, a VA police officer, are BLS instructors and have been training Honor Flight Guardians for three years ever since Cushing-Breeden first heard about the Honor Flight from another staff member. They contacted the organization to discuss the friends and family CPR program. It met the Honor Flight’s needs to train the Guardians.

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