Oral Themed Presentation


Building consensus on developing and measuring team based simulation outcomes.

Tuesday, May 15
13:30 - 15:00
Location: Neptune 1&2

Abstract : Simulation has been an innovative and pioneering way for medical teams to practice the skills and principals of Crisis Resource Management (CRM). As healthcare systems work diligently to streamline cost and prioritize needs, funding for team based training continues to be a competitive process. While significant literature exists that exemplifies and supports using simulation to practice and incorporate CRM principles, challenges still exist regarding measurable outcomes that can be directly related to simulation training. There is a significant need to translate the positive outcomes of simulation training into measurable outcomes for practice. The purpose of this research is to understand the current measurement methods and tools that are being utilized and to gather consensus among simulation leaders on how to optimize measuring and reporting CRM based simulation outcomes. Challenges exist in building consensus among medical simulation leaders to develop a common language to discuss and report CRM based simulation outcomes. In dynamic improvement oriented healthcare cultures, developing systems to directly correlate simulation training to improvement initiatives is vital.
Multiple questions exist when developing a research project to explore, understand, and disseminate this information. How do we quantify CRM principles into measurable outcomes? How do we capture all of the various measurement tools and assessment systems currently in place? Do differences exist between multidisciplinary versus single discipline groups and how they capture outcomes? What is the impact of unit, department, institution or system culture related to the method of measurement and the results? How do we translate the simulation work that is being done into meaningful results that support improvement? With the plethora of potential research questions, the authors are seeking an opportunity to discuss this research questions with like-minded improvement driven hospital based simulation users to begin the research process.

Jessica Sexton, BSN, BS, RN, CPEN

Clinical Coordinator
Boston Children's Hospital
Salem, Massachusetts

Jessica Sexton, BSN, BS, RN, CPEN, is the clinical coordinator for network development and an associate clinical director of network nursing for SimPEDS at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Before becoming a nurse, she was an AmeriCorps volunteer with the American Red Cross where she developed and coordinated disaster relief simulations. She has worked as a pediatric emergency department nurse at both The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Boston Children’s Hospital.

Jessica’s research experience includes educational and technology interventions to improve the quality of emergency nursing care, the use of simulation to improve the quality and safety of expanding hospital networks, and the phenomena of moral distress and resiliency in nursing.

Jessica earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Simmons College and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biotechnology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She is currently enrolled in a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from West Texas A&M University.


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Patricia Dwyer, PhD, RN, CNOR

Nurse Scientist
Boston Children's Hospital
Reading, Massachusetts


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