This year promises to be one of significant advancement for the nursing profession. The World Health Organization has designated 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife” in honor of what would be Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday. At the University of Florida College of Nursing, we are taking the opportunity to reflect on our growth and examine new paths for strengthening programs of teaching, research and patient care.
On the Jacksonville campus, simulation use has increased and improved the learning experience for students pursuing an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Jane Gannon, D.N.P., C.N.M., C.N.L., assistant dean of simulation based learning, is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator, or CHSE, and has enhanced the opportunity for simulation and interprofessional education. She has collaborated with faculty members from the UF College of Medicine and College of Pharmacy, as well as with clinicians, to identify, develop, implement and evaluate simulation-based activities. This has resulted in six publications since 2017 and nearly 30 state and national presentations by members of the team.