News at a Glance (June 2016): UMSN’s Clinical Learning Center on NPR and in the Middle East, Fall-Related Injury Data, and Influential Alums

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Simulation-Based Learning in the News

A UMSN master's student in a CLC simulation exerciseNPR’s Michigan Radio featured the University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN) Clinical Learning Center (CLC) to explain how high-stakes, high-tech, and sometimes high-stress simulations are improving the way students learn. The report shared how students practice and learn in scenarios that are designed to be as realistic as possible, with the students treating the mannequin as an actual patient. “The students become attached to that real-life situation, and we do debriefings afterwards--to help the students learn what went well and what needs improvement,” UMSN Dean Kathleen Potempa, PhD, RN, FAAN, told reporter Kyle Norris.

Simulation Goes Global

Dr. Aebersold and peers discuss simulation in Abu DhabiUMSN’s CLC Director, Michelle Aebersold, PhD, RN, CHSE, FAAN, traveled to Abu Dhabi to teach Simulation-Based Learning Methods to educators, including physicians, nurses, paramedics, and simulation specialists. It’s part of a year-long project with the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL). Dr. Aebersold serves on INACSL’s Board of Directors as Vice President for Operations. “One of the biggest lessons I learned from the experience was simulation is a common language we all speak,” said Dr. Aebersold.

All Falls Are Not Equal

UMSN Research Fellow Geoffrey J. Hoffman, PhD, is raising awareness about fall-related injuries (FRI) among older adults and how differences in methods used to identify FRIs in administrative claims data have important financial implications. Dr. Hoffman and colleagues compared expenditures for FRIs using three methods with Medicare claims data. They found significant differences in the number of FRIs that were identified, as well as in Medicare expenditures associated with each FRI and total annual Medicare expenditures for FRIs. Dr. Hoffman shares his conclusions in Medical Care’s blog and Journal.

Ask the Experts: The State of the Nursing Industry

UMSN Assistant Professor Christopher Friese, PhD, RN, RN, AOCN, FAAN, was part of a WalletHub expert panel answering questions about the state of nursing today. He shares his views on topics including the biggest issues facing nursing today, the high demand for nurses and strong career outlook, and advice for recent graduates starting their careers. 

Influential Alums

Two UMSN alumni made the Crain’s Detroit Business 100 Most Influential Women list.
  • Gwen MacKenzie (BSN ‘76), MHSA ’96, is a senior vice president and Michigan market executive at Ascension Health Michigan. She is responsible for the administrative direction, strategic positioning and operations of the system's hospitals. Her health career began as an oncology nurse practitioner. She told Crain’s: “Being a clinician and able to relate to physicians adds credibility because they don't expect it. They expect me to be a CPA or CFO. I can be a calm person, but I'm also a skilled negotiator.”
  • Andra Rush (BSN ‘82) is the founder and CEO of Rush Group, a trucking business that employees nearly 4000 people. She and her company are active in supporting the revitalization of Detroit and are looking for ways to spur recovery in Flint “as they overhaul their infrastructure in the wake of the water crisis.”

Reducing Opioid Deaths

Washtenaw Opioid Project co-chairs Dr. Strobbe and Marci ScaleraThe Washtenaw Health Initiative was honored by Huron Valley Ambulance for its efforts on the Washtenaw Opioid Project. The Special Recognition Award was given during a banquet held National EMS week. UMSN Clinical Associate Professor Stephen Strobbe, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CARN-AP, serves as co-chair of the Washtenaw Opioid Project, which consists of more than 100 stakeholders such as health care systems, law enforcement, and community organizations. “It is truly gratifying to see the Washtenaw Health Initiative Opioid Project receive this award,” said Dr. Strobbe. “As first responders, personnel at HVA know first-hand the urgency associated with the current opioid epidemic right here in Washtenaw County and surrounding areas. This public health crisis will require an ‘all in’ response from all sectors of the community to increase awareness, reduce stigma, save lives, and support recovery.”