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VHA nurses make presentations at international conference

By Debra A. Bartoshevich, MSN, RN, CEN
Simulation Center Director
Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital 

LOS ANGELES – Nurses Bonnie Haupt, DNP, CHSE, CNL, RN , and Debra Bartoshevich, MSN, RN, CEN, from the Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital in San Antonio presented at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) 2018. IMSH is the world's largest conference for health care simulation educators, researchers and practitioners and was held Jan. 13-17 in Los Angeles. The Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital is part of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System.

Both of the submitted abstracts, “Infection Prevention using TeamSTEPPS,” and “Where’s the Brief?; Designing IPE Simulation with the TeamSTEPPS Frameworks,” were accepted for presentation at the Rapid-Fire sessions Jan. 15.

The “Infection Prevention using TeamSTEPPS,” was a simulation designed on patient safety and infection prevention in the community living center. The targeted learners included all hospital staff specifically RN, certified nursing assistants, environmental management services, nutritional services, physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. A video was developed featuring multiple breeches on infection control and safety. The video featured a low-fidelity mannequin, confederates, subject matter expert, facilitator and a videographer. Staff reviewed the video and wrote down as many breaches as possible. After reviewing the video, a subject matter expert would go through the breaches and discuss interventions. After the debriefing, the staff reviewed the video again to see the breaches they might have missed.

“Where’s the Brief? Designing Simulation with the TeamSTEPPS Frameworks,” was a simulation based on case studies. Prior to the case studies, the educators would review TeamSTEPPS frameworks of situational monitoring, SBAR report, safety huddles, post fall huddles and communication with the staff. During the case studies, staff members were asked to implement the TeamSTEPPS frameworks. In debriefing, the subject matter experts would review the TeamSTEPPS principles. 

The presenters engaged the audience, generated discussion and received positive feedback for both topics presented.