5 Tips for Effective Debriefing Sessions

Harvard’s Center for Medical Simulation defines debriefing as a conversation among participants with the goal of improving performance in real situations (Source). Simulation-based learning experiences should include a planned debriefing session. It answers important questions such as, “Was your lesson effective?” and “Do your students feel comfortable?” In order to make the most of a Read More

Careers in Home Care and Hospice

As the United States deals with an aging populace, the demand for careers in home care and hospice will increase to keep up. According to the National Association for Home Care and Hospice: In 2016, home care providers traveled 7.6 billion miles to deliver services. Home care is the preferred method of health care delivery; Read More

The History of Allied Health Professions

Allied health professions are those professions that deal with health care, and include many well-known non-nurse, non-physician roles. Among these professions are physical therapist, anesthesia technician, dental hygienist – and many, many more. Allied health professionals work in the healthcare system to provide diagnostic, technical, therapeutic, and direct patient care support. The organization of International Read More

Are You Ready for USP 800?

The United States Pharmacopeial Convention’s Chapter 800 (USP 800) provides guidance for personnel handling of hazardous drugs; it was published in February of 2016, and will become effective in the next two years. Before USP 800, guidelines for compounding preparations differentiated between sterile and non-sterile preparations (USP 797 and 795), but didn’t distinguish between hazardous Read More

7 Innovations from EMSWorld Expo

Healthcare experiences exponential technological improvements each year. In order to prepare students for their clinical rotations and entry-level positions, simulation must advance just as quickly. Educators must keep in mind advancements as they gain prominence among services. Here are some of our favorite innovations from EMSWorld Expo 2017. Video laryngoscopes: For years, healthcare professionals have Read More

Evidence in Simulation-Based Learning Experiences: An Umbrella Review

A recent issue of Clinical simulation in Nursing featured an article about the evidence in simulation-based learning experiences (SBLE) in nursing education and practice. The proposed purpose of the paper was to examine the findings of an umbrella review to examine the state-of-the science in SBLE. This umbrella review of the research provides an overall, Read More

Moulage: Where Cosmetics and Healthcare Education Meet

This is an interview with Maria Border, Instructor of Workforce Education and Development at Penn State University. Most nurse educators will tell you there isn’t much room for creativity in their curriculums, but Border will tell you moulage is the exception to the rule. Katy Mogg: How would you describe moulage? Maria Border: Moulage is Read More

EMS Students Are Getting a Brand New Bag

Pictured above, left: Original First in Bag module (01-44-0115); right top: Demo Dose® simulated medications module; right bottom: airway module for First in Bag. The modules come fully stocked. First in Bag will be demonstrated at EMSWorld Expo; visit Pocket Nurse® at Booth #1220. The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) recently made changes Read More

True or False? Facts about Colds and Flu

Many common myths and misconceptions surround the common cold and the flu (influenza). Knowing the facts will help you, your students, and your patients feel better this cold and flu season. The flu shot can give you the flu. False. This is the most common misconception about the influenza vaccine. The flu shot contains inactivated Read More