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Featured Articles

These are articles from the current issue of the newsletter and previous publications.



Director's Corner: Expanding Innovation Through Simulation in 2022

Fellows Unite: SimLEARN Fellowship Graduates Support Each Other’s Work at IMSH 2022

Simulation-based Healthcare Design Testing Aimed at Proactively Improving Veteran Care

Make ‘Em Sweat: Creating Sweat for Medical Simulation

The Big 3: Mask Up, Social Distance, and Wash Your Hands

Potential VR Projects to Help Veterans at High Risk for Mental Health Challenges

Simulation Course Used to Help Care for Critically Ill Patients at VA Puget Sound

Building a Digital Asset Management System


Director's Corner: FY22 Priorities
SimLEARN: Addressing Musculoskeletal Conditions

Fellowship Corner: Veterans Health Administration Welcomes New Simulation Fellows

Simulation Educator...or High Reliability Partner?

New and Revised Joint Commission Requirements for Resuscitation

SimLEARN’s National Simulation Center is Getting a Second Floor

Creating mixed simulation training during a pandemic

Director's Corner: Exciting Events

5G in VA, SimLEARN and Beyond

First Simulation-Based VA Design Standards Testing Workshop: Emergency Department

Facility Simulation Certification: One Step in the HRO Journey

Congratulations to our 2020-2021 Interprofessional Advanced Clinical Simulation Fellows

Durham staff use Simulation to Improve Care For Tracheostomy Patient

Have information overload? VA Librarians are here to help!

Director's Corner: Changes at SimLEARN

Virtual Conferences are a Click Away 

Virtual Simulation Helps Grow Telestroke During COVID Operations

Simulation and the South Texas Ice Storm of 2021

Fellowship Corner: Virtual and In-person Role Play Simulation on Medication Errors

New Concept, New Centers

SimLEARN Certified Simulation Centers

SimLEARN's First Event Post-Pandemic

Escape to Simulation: How a COVID-19 Escape Room provided Interdisciplinary Team Building and Safer Practices

Simulation Center for Innovation (SCI) Presents: SCI: Escape the (room) Simulation with Leadership Medical Media News Release

Meet Fellow Nicole Armitage, PhD, RN

Mobile Sims Cart: A Homegrown VA Compatible Virtual AV System 


Core Team Expands its Portfolio

VISN 6 Nursing Professional Development (NPD) and Simulation Virtual Collaborative Conference

How COVID-19 Improved the Structure and Processes of Simulation Point of Care Ultrasound Classes

Leveraging Innovation and Technology to Advance Simulation Education

REdI to Save Lives

A Sustained Medical Simulation Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

SimLEARN Transitions to DEAN's Umbrella

Year of the Nurse; SimLEARN's Trauma Nursing Core Course

Simulation community of practice calls still going strong

SimLEARN Systems/Hospital activation on the move

Improving Veteran care with Blood Transfusion Administration Course

SimLEARN working to provide a variety of virtual courses for staff

Northern California Health Care System simulation and COVID ready

Safety is key when performing simulation training

It's a boy! SimLEARN kicks off Healthcare Simulation Week with gender reveal

New Basic Life Support program added to REdI's resuscitation training portfolio 

Trauma Nursing Core Course reaches 1,000 participants

Iowa City staff use 'escape' room training to address safety

Atlanta team addresses Code 99 in the era of COVID-19

'SON' brings unique services to SimLEARN family

New COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment Donning and Doffing application now available in TMS

SimLEARN staff step up to aid Veterans in COVID-19 fight

SimLEARN Training Courses at National Simulation Center Now Cancelled Through August

SimLEARN Training Courses at National Simulation Center Cancelled Through July 17

Orlando Nurse practitioner Mobilized to New York in Support of COVID-19 Battle

Dental Staff Take Bite Out of Medical Emergency Simulation

Rural Health Care Workers Being Reached with Simulation In-situ Training

Virtual Learning, Educational Games Help to Educate Nurses at Madison VA

SimLEARN Releases COVID-19 Course for Non-ICU Clinicians

Due to COVID-19, Temporary Waiver Issued Regarding Non-AHA Resuscitation Certifications for Newly Hired Direct Care Staff

SimLEARN Now Producing Training in Fight Against COVID-19

SimLEARN Training Courses at National Simulation Center Cancelled for Third Quarter

VA Staff Member Presents VA Innovation at International Meeting

Simulation Technology Supports VA National Telestroke Program

SimLEARN Staff Conducts TNCC Training in Puerto Rico

VA Doctor's BLS Skills Through REdI Program Aid in Preserving Life

Arizona VAMCs Hold Inaugural RNTTP and Simulation Summit 2020


Fellowship Corner: Cerumen Impaction, Lavage; A Simulation Fellow's Project Summary

San Antonio VA Simulation Centers Hosts first Trauma Nursing Course

VHA Simulation Expert Presents keynote at Midwest Simulation Conference

Training Courses Available for Second Quarter of FY 2020

Dayton VA 'Sets Sail' to Create Escape Room, Enhance Interactive Training

REdI Program Offers Three Methods to Attain Basic Life Support Skills

New Sim Center Unveiling Shows VA's Simulation Work to Provide Better Veteran Care

Practicing Code Simulations Helps Improve Patient Care, Response Time

Minneapolis VA Simulation Center Supports Air Force Medical Training

Nurses Attend Transition to Practice Program Meeting

Fellowship Corner: Development of a Low-Cost Simulation Device to Train Multidisciplinary Teams at VA Pittsburgh

Vegas Team Implements Innovative Malignant Hyperthermia Simulation Training in Operating Room

Durham VA Utilizing Virtual Patients for Training, Education

Veteran Dental Care Faster Using 3D Technology

VA Pittsburgh's New Simulation Center Set to Improve Veteran Health Care

SimLEARN Staff Provide Mock Code Training Through New Program

SimLEARN Collaborates with National Tele-Stroke Program 'Go-Live' Training

Nevada Team Improves Local Training for Rare Emergency

Clinician Credits Simulation Training for Helping diagnose Serious Condition

Training Courses Remaining for Third Quarter

Simulation Educator Receives Leadership Award

Staff Collaborate for International Presentation

Durham VA Hosts 13 High School Students from Durham Early College High School

Cincinnati Simulation Lab Creates Standardized Patient Program

High-Freguency, Low-Dose CPR Training Improves Provider Skills, Confidence

Suicide Prevention Challenges Educate VHA Staff on How to Help Save a Veteran's Life

'Stop the Bleed' Training Helps Save Veteran's Life

Available Third Quarter Courses at VHA SimLEARN National Simulation Center Now Listed

Three Educational Gaming Products Now Available on Your Mobile Device

Follow These Helpful Steps for Simulation Course Sign Up

3D Printing Innovating the Care of Our Nation's Veterans

Remembering Desert Storm; Even a Small Contribution Was Important


Tampa Simulation Bus Featured at Conference

Second Quarter Courses Now Available at VHA SimLEARN National Simulation Center

VA Collaboration Takes Place at Annual Association for Nurses in Professional Development Convention

EES Educational Gaming Product Wins Prestigious Award

Applying 'Gamification' Can Make Learning More Fun

Roseburg Conducts Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment

Trauma Nursing Core Course Virtual Outreach Presented to 18 Veteran Integrated Service Networks

Healthcare Simulation Week Held at Dayton VAMC

Take the Time to Remember our Veterans this Veterans Day and Every Day

Mobile simulation team conducts musculoskeletal training in Wisconsin and Michigan

Simulation Bus used for training by international nursing students

SimLEARN introduces updated STOMP training course

Wheelchair Prescription course helps staff make a difference in the lives of Veterans

Simulation training, education and research expertise earns three VHA leaders top honors

Simulation and safe patient handling; Working together to prevent staff and patient injuries

Simulated use of reversal agents conducted during training in gastrointestinal lab

Houston VA medical center uses simulation to amplify 'end harassment' campaign

U.S. Medicine article credits REdI program for helping Veterans

Fundamental Critical Care Support training conducted in Omaha

VISN 10 simulation collaboration works to increase simulation knowledge

National Simulation Center awarded new certification

Mobile simulation team conducts first musculoskeletal training

National Simulation Center hosts training for safe patient handling

VA doctor helps save critically ill Veteran; Simulation training aids effort

VHA nurses make presentations at international conference

How lessons learned as violinist helped SimLEARN medical director develop simulation-based training for clinicians

Poverty simulation designed to help staff better understand everyday struggles

SimLEARN dedicates innovation room in memory of past VHA leader

Seats available for training courses in 2018

Simulation used to prepare staff for autonomic dysreflexia

SimLEARN year in review; A look back


Crash cart educational opportunity offered to Providence inpatient staff

Simulation study; Simulation-based strategies teach universal protocol, timeouts for invasive procedures outside operating room

VHA employee provides aid to airline passenger

Shake, rattle and rolling on the New Madrid fault

Simulation training impacts Veteran care at Truman VA

Simulation helps bring awareness to Veteran suicide prevention

Three EES Educational Gaming products finalists in worldwide competition

Simulation team training proves worthwhile during real life crisis

Fellowship Corner: Bad jokes, good practice

Simulation training, education and research expertise earns five VHA leaders top honors

Simulation training pays off during emergency

Minneapolis VA becomes first VA-managed Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery testing center

Assistive Technology course helps staff make a difference in Veterans' lives

Fellows use simulation to improve military sexual trauma assessment of Veterans

VISN 23 conducts Post-Operative Rescue Course

Medical students experience geriatric care at the VHA SimLEARN National Simulation Center

Dr. Haru Okuda receives national recognition

Out of Operating Room Airway Management classes in July, August

Mobile simulation partners with Women’s Health to conduct training

Roseburg staff uses simulation to reinforce patient care

VISN 23 achieves first in simulation certification

National nursing service orientation course developed

Musculoskeletal courses for clinicians available in June, August

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

VHA National Simulation Center offers Fundamentals of Critical Care Support course 

SimLEARN musculoskeletal training designer named VA’s best physician assistant

Two VA simulation leaders honored by Society for Simulation in Healthcare

 VHA educational gaming product wins international competition


2015 Under Secretary for Health's Excellence Awards announced 

VHA holds National Simulation Center ribbon cutting, dedication Sept. 16

 SimLEARN offering point of care ultrasound course

 VHA educational gaming product runner up in international competitions

Simulation Training, Education and Research Expertise Earns Three VHA leaders Top Honors


Nominations open for annual Under Secretary for Health's Excellence Awards

SimLEARN hospital activation team helps make new VA hospitals ready to care for Veterans

VHA facilities earn simulation certifications

VA secretary, deputy secretary tour VHA SimLEARN National Simulation Center

National Simulation Center selected as fellowship site

University of Central Florida students learn vascular surgery techniques at VHA National Simulation Center

Nominations open for 2015 Under Secretary for Health's Excellence Awards

Awards presented to recipients of 2014 Under Secretary for Health’s Excellence Awards


SimLEARN breaks ground on new national simulation center

VA awards contract to construct VHA National Simulation Center

SimLEARN staff demonstrate simulation skills to students 


Nominations open for Under Secretary for Health's excellence awards 

2013 Under Secretary for Health’s Excellence Awards announced 

SimLEARN staff debuts OOORAM training for clinicians



An Original 'Sim Champion' Retires After Distinguished VA Career

Next generation of providers training to recognize and treat delirium

Video baby monitor increases simulation realism without big price tag

Robinson Named SimLEARN National Program Manager

IMSH Highlights World of Simulation

Gainesville RN receives 2012 VA Under Secretary for Health's Excellence Award

First REdI Training Classes Held at VACO



VHA Training Providers in Health Care for Women Veterans

Competencies for interprofessional collaboration; A framework for assessment of simulation exercises

Bringing Simulation Back to Life

Palo Alto Setting for VHA Clinical Simulation Instructor Training

VA Announces Addition of Haru Okuda, M.D., as National Medical Director for SimLEARN

VA-Army Agreement Helping Transform Health Care for Patients

VA Under Secretary Gives First Simulation Training Awards

Simulation Centers Increasingly Established At VA Medical Centers

VHA Employees Attend World's Largest Simulation Conference



Madigan Army Medical Center's Anderson Simulation Center: Training Today Saves Lives Tomorrow

Bodies Everywhere!

National Director of Nursing Programs

Sim One - The First Computer-Controlled Patient Simulator

SimLEARN Program Manager Appointed

Dayton VA Medical Center Surgical Service Simulation Center