It’s a boy; SimLEARN kicks off Healthcare Simulation Week with gender reveal - VHA SimLEARN
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It’s a boy; SimLEARN kicks off Healthcare Simulation Week with gender reveal

By Lisa Baker, MEd, BSN
VHA National Program Director
Resuscitation Education Initiative (REdI)
VHA SimLEARN National Simulation Center

ORLANDO, Fla. – Healthcare Simulation Week, sponsored by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, was Sept. 14-20. It celebrates professionals who use health care simulation to improve the safety, effectiveness and efficiency of health care delivery. To kick off the week, SimLEARN hosted a gender reveal ice cream social to recognize SimLEARN staff and welcome its newest member to its mannequin family. Eric Bruns, SimLEARN director, revealed the gender by opening a box filled with blue balloons. This newest mannequin will be utilized for activation and system testing of the initial medical response in a pediatric emergency. 

SimLEARN is comprised of a team of physicians, nurses, simulation technicians, curriculum developers, project managers, biomedical, broadcast and administrative support staff. Together, this team designs, develops and delivers educational experiences to enhance knowledge, validates expertise through repetition and promotes safe patient outcomes. SimLEARN puts on national train the trainer courses, hosts a variety of health care related events, provides support to the field through outreach and system testing, and administers and evaluates the national resuscitation program.

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