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IPE Event: Simulation & Debriefing Conference with Dr. Sharon Decker

IPE Event: Simulation & Debriefing Conference with Dr. Sharon Decker

Over 85 professionals from across disciplines attended the conference, "Expanding the use of simulation and debriefing in clinical education: Where are we now, and what's next?" at The University of Texas at Austin's Thompson Conference Center on Thursday, August 20. This interprofessional education event brought together nurses, pharmacists, physicians, respiratory therapists, and social workers to learn from simulation expert Dr. Sharon Decker (PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN), Associate Dean for Simulation; Professor, Covenant Health System Endowed Chair in Simulation and Nursing Education; and Executive Director of The F. Marie Hall SimLife Center at Texas Tech University Health Science Center.

Dr. Decker shared that simulation is an educational strategy that requires deliberate practice with frequent assessment of performance and corrective feedback in a controlled setting. Coupling feedback with guided, Socratic-style questioning for the group after simulation allows for both self-discovery at the individual level and rich conversation for the team. 

Breakout sessions featured Dr. Decker presenting "Critical Elements of Debriefing" and Dr. Ronnie Stout (DNP, MSN, MBA, RN), Center for Simulation Director at The University of Texas at El Paso, presenting "Hospital Simulation Days."

This event was sponsored by The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing with support from a Nursing Innovation Grant from The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and UT Interprofessional Education. 

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