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5 Tips for Standardized Participants

Standardized participants (SPs) for simulation scenarios can be sourced from a variety of places. If a school of nursing is at a college or university with a theater program, they may ask for...

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Respiratory Therapist Reflects on Communication, Education, and Simulation

This is an interview with Dani Wall, a respiratory therapist in the pulmonary department at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. 

Nicki Murff: What made you choose a career in respiratory...

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The Proper Way to Perform CPR

One out of 20 people will suffer a cardiac arrest in their lifetime; fewer than 25 percent of people are prepared to jump into action to help that person survive the event.

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Role-Playing Medication Adherence Discussions

Poor medication adherence is an ongoing problem in the pharmacy industry. An overwhelming number of prescription medications are being taken incorrectly, and a 2014 study found that almost...

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Teaching Students to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections

A healthcare-associated infection (HAI) is an infection that results from germs entering a patient’s body as the result of their medical care. HAIs can be associated with the use of invasive...

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Careers in Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a growing and thriving healthcare field. According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the demand for physical therapists (PTs) will continue to grow between...

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Educating Students and Patients about Antibiotic Resistance

In order to fight the threat of antibiotic and antimicrobial resistance (AR/AMR), the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

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What Students Should Know This Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, and breast cancer is the second most deadly cancer among U.S. women. This October, take time to prepare your students for future...

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A Day in the Life of a Standardized Participant

Simulation in nursing or EMS education means a lot more than “pretending” to care for a patient. Standardized participants (SP), also called standardized patients, are real people who volunteer or...

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