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SIMULATION CENTER an obstetric “patient” who was admitted with hypertension, then experienced a difficult delivery and developed postpartum hemorrhage. “When this happens, you must work very quickly,” Dr. Sittner says. “Simulation allows nurses to practice complex decision making and hands-on skills needed in emergency situations. “Nurses can then bring these skills to ‘real life’ clinical situations to provide the highest quality care for patients and their families. That’s the beauty of simulation.” Dr. Leighton, now an internationally recognized expert in simulation learning, eventually became dean of Educational Technology at the Bryan College of Health Sciences, and is assistant dean of Research and Simulation Faculty Development for DeVry Medical International’s Institute for Research & Simulation. Bryan College of Health Sciences continues to play a major role in promoting simulation learning nationally and internationally through the Simulation Education Graduate Certificate program established by Dr. Leighton. “The Patient Simulation Center has been an extraordinary success for Bryan,” says Burbach. “With the generous support of our donors, the foresightful leadership of the College, the successful collaboration with Southeast Community College and our ongoing faculty research commitment, we’ve become recognized leaders and innovators in simulation training.” n To learn how you can support Bryan Health, please call the Bryan Foundation at 402-481-8605. To see a video about the Simulation Center, go to VIDEO simulation-center.

Estate gift becomes part of former Bryan teacher’s legacy


ollowing her pioneering work at the Center for Excellence in Clinical Simulation, Kim Leighton, PhD, RN, became internationally known for her work as an educator, author and researcher in patient simulation in health care. She has served as president of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, led development of the first Standards of Best Practice: Simulation and is a fellow of the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education. Dr. Leighton recently honored Bryan Health with a generous estate gift because of her gratitude to Bryan and the Bryan College of Health

Sciences. She says, “I’ve had an incredible career in part thanks to working and teaching at Bryan and collaborating with my colleagues to create the Simulation Center.” Dr. Leighton’s estate gift will fund a faculty position to be called the Kim Leighton Professorship for Active Learning. The gift will provide salary and research support to help the college recruit and retain talented educators and researchers working with active learning strategies like simulation. “Through this gift, I’ll continue to impact education of future nurses,” she says, “and that makes me feel very good.” n

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