Award Candidate Poster Presentation


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09:45 - 10:45
Location: Jupiter 1&2


Heather French, MD, MSEd

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Heather French, MD, MSEd - I am an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. I serve as the Associate Fellowship Director and a simulation educator for the Division of Neonatology. My specific simulation interests are the evolution of leadership and followership in critical care teams.


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Constance Houck, MD, MPH

Senior Associate in Perioperative Anesthesia
Boston Children's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

Constance S. Houck, MD, MPH, FAAP

Dr. Houck is a Senior Associate in Perioperative Anesthesia at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School. She completed training in Pediatrics, Anesthesiology and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and currently serves as the Clinical Director of the Hospitalist program and co-director of the Rapid Response Team at Boston Children’s Hospital at Waltham. As a pediatric anesthesiologist and surgical hospitalist, Dr. Houck provides care to children throughout the perioperative period – providing preoperative evaluation and preparation, intraoperative anesthesia and postoperative hospital-based care. She has been able to leverage her acute care and critical care skills to help build a multidisciplinary Rapid Response Team to provide urgent and emergent care for all children cared for in this satellite hospital located 12 miles away from the main hospital facility. In addition, as part of hospital-wide quality improvement efforts, she has co-created a simulation program in collaboration with the Boston Children’s Hospital SIMPeds™ program to provide ongoing training and support for the members of the BCH Waltham Rapid Response Team.

For the last 20 years, Dr. Houck has played an active role in advocating for safe and effective perioperative and acute care for children through her many activities with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). She currently serves as the Chair of the AAP, Surgical Advisory Panel and was a key member of the Task Force on Children’s Surgical Care that led to the development of the standards for the American College of Surgeons Children’s Surgery Verification and Quality Improvement program (ACS CSV). She represents the entire pediatric anesthesiology community as one of just 2 pediatric anesthesiologists on the ACS CSV Verification Committee and is actively involved in efforts to improve perioperative quality and safety at BCH and throughout the country. She is a strong advocate for multidisciplinary team training through simulation and adult learning methods.


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Rachel Sunley, BMBS (Hons) BMedSci (1st) MRCPCH

Consultant Paediatric Emergency Medicine
Bristol Royal Hospital for Children
Bristol, United Kingdom

Dr Rachel Sunley is a Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. The Department receives 40,000 children a year and is the Major Trauma Centre for the Severn Region. Rachel is Education Lead and is highly passionate about whole team learning within the Emergency Department.

The educational programme includes weekly “Mini Sim”, monthly “Big Sim”, weekly junior doctor teaching, weekly senior doctor teaching, creation of an Educational Contract for junior doctors and championing learning within the Department to inspire better patient care.

Alongside Karen Moloney, Nurse Educator, and the simulation staff led by Kirsty Brown, she has created a weekly programme of “Mini Sim” simulation that includes nursing staff, nursing assistants, junior and senior doctors. The “Mini Sim” is reflective, tailored to team objectives for learning and responsive, simulating recent clinical incidents within the Trust or nationally. Rachel’s other roles in the Department as Major Incident Lead and Mental Health Lead, have ensured innovative simulations in dealing with mental health issues and preparing for mass casualty situations and terrorist attacks. The whole team learning approach builds cohesiveness within a system relying on shift workers and has no impact on patient care happening concurrently within the Department.

Rachel teaches externally on internationally recognised courses including the European Trauma Course, Advanced Paediatric Life Support and Advanced Trauma Life Support.


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Mercy Thomas

Nurse Educator
The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne
Parkville, Victoria, Australia

Mercy Thomas, is the Nurse Educator for New Graduate Programs at the Royal Children’s Hospital. Mercy facilitates graduate nurses’ transition into professional practice through a yearlong structured educational support program. Mercy collaborates with nurse leaders to develop, manage and promote the graduate nurse program and also evaluate its outcomes. With a extensive clinical experience in neonatal intensive care and surgical nursing, Mercy’s interest in orientating new nurses led her into the role of Nurse Educator, graduate nurses where she has focused on designing and implementing orientation plans for nurses to their new practice in the acute care hospital environment. Mercy holds a Master’s degree in Pediatric nursing and a Certificate in Tertiary Teaching from Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.
Jenny Hough, is the Nurse Educator for Resuscitation Programs at the Royal Children’s hospital. Jenny has over 25 years of clinical experience in Pediatric intensive care. Jenny is passionate about interprofessional training and is keen on improving the BLS training at the hospital. Jenny facilitates resuscitation education to multidisciplinary team members at the hospital. Jenny is currently working towards completing her Masters of Nursing sciences.


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Cynthia Gardell, MS, MBA, RN, NEA-BC

Nurse Manager, Inpatient Unit and Radiology
Boston Children's Hospital at Waltham
Waltham, Massachusetts

Cindy Gardell RN, MSN, MBA, NE-BC
Cindy is the Nurse Manager of Inpatient and Radiology Nursing in a Satellite location for Boston Children’s Hospital USA
She is an Associate Clinical Director of Satellite SIMPeds and a Co-Chair of the Satellite Rapid Response Team.
Cindy's 38 years of nursing experience spans critical care, inpatient, ambulatory and procedural areas for both pediatric and adult patients.
She works closely with the Executive Director of Satellite Operations and the Director of the Hospitalist Program & MD Co-Chair of the Rapid Response Team to ensure patient safety and quality care in an efficient and highly reliable environment with a sharp focus on continuous evaluation and development of resources, competencies and interprofessional collaboration


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Roberta Hales, MHA, RRT-NPS, RN, CHSE

Senior Simulation Educator
Center for Simulation, Advanced Education and Innovation; The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


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Karen Moloney, RN

Nurse Educator
Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, United Kingdom

My name is Karen Moloney, I am a Clinical education facilitator in the Emergency Department, at The Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, in the U.K. Working as part of a team, my role is to facilitate education to all levels of nursing staff, in our busy Children’s Emergency Department.
The team utilises simulation in a number of ways:
• Along with our Consultant colleague, Dr Rachel Sunley, we run a multidisciplinary education programme. This consists of a weekly, short, focused, in situ 'Mini Sim' and debrief to practice skills and/or policies.
• On a monthly basis, we also run a 'Big sim'. This is an hour long, in situ, multidisciplinary, real time, immersive simulation which allows the practice of resus skills in a safe environment. Following this, we have an hour of debrief to help consolidate the learning.
• Being the major trauma centre for children in the South West Severn and Peninsula network within the UK, we are involved in co-ordinating and delivering simulation training on the Major trauma nurses study days to our own nursing staff, and nurses from the region.
• As part of the Children’s Hospital’s Faculty of Children’s Nurse Education, we also participate in the utilisation of simulation in the nurse orientation programme and other educational projects.
We are fortunate to be aided in all of these sessions by the staff and equipment of the Bristol Medical Simulation Centre.


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Julee Bolg, MS, MBA, RN, NEA-BC

Executive Director, Satellite Clinical Operations
Boston Children's Hospital, Massachusetts


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Nancy Dixon, RN, BSN

Clinical Nurse Expert
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


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AnneMarie Monachino, MSN, RN, CPN, CHSE-A

Simulation Specialist
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


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Matthew Taylor, RN

Faculty Development Educator
Boston Children's Hospital Simulator Program


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Patricia Clifford, MSN, RNC

Neonatal Clinical Educator
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


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Christopher Roussin, PhD

Director of Academics and Research
Boston Children's Hospital Simulator Program

Chris Roussin is Academic and Research Director of the Simulator Program at Boston Children's Hospital and faculty member at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine. He is a leader, teacher and researcher of team performance and learning, an experienced change leader, and a leader in the development and delivery of simulation-based learning programs and systems. His research is published in Journal of Management, Academic Medicine, Journal of Applied Psychology, and a number of other outlets.


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Anne Ades, MD, MSEd

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Anne Ades is a physician with a masters of medical education. She is the Director of Neonatal Education at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and is the Neonatology Associate Director in the Center for Simulation and Advanced Education. She is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.


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