GW Simulation Conference 2020

Disruptive Innovation: Simulation and Systems Integration
Patient Stories, Patient Safety, Patient Outcomes


This virtual simulation conference focuses on systems integration, modern approaches and "disruptive" and innovative solutions to patient safety. The conference kicks off with a panel of experts who will introduce the 30 minute weekly, an initiative of the Global Network for Simulation in Healthcare (GNSH) who envision a health care culture that empowers people and systems to maximize safety outcomes for patients and the health care community. Come experience this interactive session of patient stories, simulated experiences and structured debriefing that stresses the importance of teams and systems thinking. Two 75-minute sessions will follow with live presentations from simulation experts. All participants will have access to several pre-recorded sessions through December 5, 2020.


Apply the 30 Minute Weekly to reduce the incidence of preventable medical mistakes.



Discuss systems integration and teams as a means to improve patient outcomes.



Compare and contrast “disruptive” innovations to maximize patient safety.


Conference Host

Portrait of Pamela Jeffries


Dean Pamela Jeffries  |  Ph.D., RN, FAAN, ANEF, FSSH 

Pamela Jeffries, professor of nursing and dean of George Washington University School of Nursing, is internationally known for her research and work in nursing and health care education. Throughout the academic community, she is well regarded for her scholarly contributions to the development of innovative teaching strategies, experiential learning techniques, new pedagogies and the delivery of content using technology. As the principal investigator on grants funded by federal and state agencies and numerous national organizations, including the National League for Nursing (NLN) and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, she has provided leadership and mentorship on ground-breaking projects impacting both nursing practice and education. With the NLN, Dr. Jeffries developed the major contribution to simulation scholarship, the framework, and monograph now known as the NLN Jeffries Simulation Theory. 

Throughout her career, Dr. Jeffries has shared her expertise in clinical education, simulations and other emerging technologies as a consultant to health care organizations, corporations and publishers. Her numerous publications cover a wide range of topics pertinent to nursing education, clinical simulations and health care policy. She is the editor of three books, “Simulations in Nursing Education: From Conceptualization to Evaluation (2nd edition), “Developing Simulation Centers Using the Consortium Model” and "Clinical Simulations in Nursing Education: Advanced Concepts, Trends, and Opportunities." Dr. Jeffries is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, an inductee of the prestigious Sigma Theta Tau Research Hall of Fame, an inaugural fellow of the Society for Simulation in Health Care Academy and the 2016 recipient of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Excellence Award.  Her accomplishments and dedication to nursing have been recognized through prestigious teaching and research awards and honors from the NLN, Sigma Theta Tau International, the Midwest Nursing Research Society and the International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulations and Learning.


Featured Speakers


Portrait of Carol Durham


Carol Durham  |  Ed.D., RN, FAAN, ANEF

Carol Durham is known as a leader in the fields of health care quality and safety, nursing education, interprofessional education, and medical simulation. Dr. Durham was inducted as a Fellow of the National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education in 2009 and inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2013. Dr. Durham is a professor and Director of the Education-Innovation-Simulation Learning Environment (EISLE) for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing.

She is also a past president of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning and the Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Alpha Chapter. Also, serving on the board of directors for the Global Network for Simulation in Healthcare. Durham is an internationally recognized expert in simulation for quality improvement, education, and assessment with simulation methodologies. Durham has been a member of the RWJFs Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project since 2005, when she developed simulation-based educational activities to reflect cutting-edge pedagogy.

Portrait of Chad Epps


Chad Epps  |  M.D., FSSH 

Chad Epps is the Executive Director of the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation (CHIPS), the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s 45,000-square-foot stand-alone simulation Center.  He is the Chair and Professor of the Department of Interprofessional Education and a Professor in the Anesthesiology Department. Dr. Epps trained in anesthesiology and completed a fellowship in health care simulation at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. As a fellow, faculty member and director of simulation, he has been active in simulation education, research, assessment and center management for the past 15 years. He is a Past President of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and Past Chair of the Council on Accreditation of Healthcare Simulation Programs. He has published in the areas of simulation, enhanced interprofessional education and co-edited the textbook Defining Excellence in Simulation Programs (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins).

Portrait of Mary Anne Rizzolo


Mary Anne Rizzolo  |  Ed.D, RN, FAAN, ANEF, FSSH 

Dr. Rizzolo's career has focused on exploring new technologies, determining how they can inform and educate nurses, operationalizing their cost-effective delivery, and disseminating their value for education and practice. While working for the AJN Company, she pioneered the development of screen-based simulations that won national and international awards and created AJN Online, one of the first websites in the world offering continuing education, journal articles, and networking opportunities for nurses. While on staff at the National League for Nursing, she managed their professional development initiatives, worked with Dr. Pamela Jeffries on the original simulation research project and the SIRC development project, managed the authoring process for all of the ACE unfolding cases, spearheaded the project that explored the use of simulation for high stakes assessment and founded the Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators. She has served on many committees and advisory boards and delivered numerous national & international presentations. Dr. Rizzolo volunteers her time at the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. She served on the Board of Directors, on the SSH's Certification Committee from its inception, chaired the committee that developed the SSH Academy, and is currently vice-chair of the Credentialing Commission. She was recently elected to the Board of the Global Network for Simulation in Healthcare. Dr. Rizzolo maintains an active consulting practice.


Registration Pricing: $75

Registration fee includes the following:

  • Two 75-minute sessions
  • Live presentations from simulation experts
  • All participants will have access to additional pre-recorded sessions through December 5, 2020
  • 6.5 CEUs awarded by the District of Columbia Board of Nursing

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*Equity Pricing for international conference attendees allows you to join at a rate consistent with your ability to pay based on your country of residence. You must be a resident living in the country in question in order to take advantage of Equity Pricing. If you are interested in taking advantage of equity pricing then please contact [email protected] to obtain the appropriate registration code.

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