Mississippi Healthcare Simulation AllianceSimulation is a new method that is used in training nursing students. Adopted from the military and airline industry, simulation was a growing method in medical education as well. MCQW and IHL implemented a feasibility study in Mississippi with support of the Mississippi Legislature to determine the interest, need and capability of incorporating simulation in nursing and healthcare education. The findings supported the interest and need for Mississippi schools of nursing to begin implementation. The number one recommendation from the Mississippi SimHealth study was to create a statewide Simulation Alliance dedicated to promoting the equitable development of simulation opportunities in Mississippi nursing education. MCQW created the Mississippi Healthcare Simulation Alliance.

Since 2009, The Simulation Alliance has hosted 10 Foundations in Simulation workshops educating 141 nursing faculty based on the need request from the MS Council of Deans and Directors. Faculty was trained on the development and history of simulation education, incorporating simulation training into nursing curriculum, writing scenarios, learning how to run a scenario in a control room, procuring supplies and preparing for a scenario, participating in scenarios, debriefing and identifying techniques for teaching moments during simulation. Beginning in May 2014, the Simulation Alliance will host 4 Advanced Training in Simulation workshops taught by SimHealth Consultants. In the past five years, the schools throughout the state have increased their equipment inventories, created simulation labs, increased education for the faculty to integrate simulation in the curriculum. By 2014, all the schools of nursing have been using simulation in some form to train their students.

The Mississippi Healthcare Simulation Alliance introduced simulation to hospital CEOs, trustees and leaders at the Mississippi Hospital Association’s Leadership Conference in June 2012 and 2013. With hospitals becoming more interested in quality and patient safety, simulation is an ideal method of teaching and preparing staff for preventing hospital acquired conditions and high risk, low volume patient events. The Alliance is working with several hospitals to begin their simulation program for staff training. Hospital educators are seeking educational opportunities for training and development of simulation. The Alliance plans to offer a workshop for hospital educators to introduce simulation, how simulation can impact patient quality and outcomes, development of simulation labs and curriculums to meet their needs