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Arizona VAMCs Hold Inaugural RNTTP and Simulation Summit 2020

By Jacque Cushard, RN
Simulation Center Program Director
RN Transition-to-Practice (RNTTP)
Residency Program Manager

Phoenix VA Health Care System

PHOENIX  Staff at the Phoenix VA Health Care System (PVAHCS) hosted the “AZ Inaugural RN Transition-to-Practice (RNTTP) & Simulation Summit” on Feb. 6. RN Transition-to-Practice Program coordinators and simulation program directors from Arizona VA medical centers in Prescott, Tucson and Phoenix gathered at the PVAHCS to participate.

The summit provided an opportunity to connect and inspire communities through collaboration. The purpose was to elevate and innovate RNTTP and simulation programs while uniting through cross collaboration, stewardship and mentorship. Dr. Leslie Lockridge, RN, interim associate director patient care services (ADPCS) in Phoenix, kicked off the inaugural event. Program Manager Dr. Kim DeMasi, DNP, RN, LADC, RNTTP, gave a warm, welcome message from the Office of Nursing Services (ONS). Guest Speaker Deborah Bailey, a clinical instructor from the James H. Quillen VA Healthcare System in Mountain Home, Tennessee presented to the panel about the Post Bachelorette Nursing Residency Program (PBNRP).

Topics discussed were PBNR program design, evidence-based practice, clinical skills, preceptor program, rolling cohorts, and trending hot topics in simulation design and innovation. The day ended with a plan to continue to meet each year, share program resources and create a statewide simulation design that will produce a pioneering simulation with successful outcomes worthy of data collection, happy participants, as well as meet Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) criteria.