Nursing training at all sites is a major initiative for the Medical Simulation Program at GCSI. We realize that the care patients receive from their nurses can make all the difference in their recovery.

Morris Kharasch, MD, Ernest Wang, MD and Pam Aitchison, RN, spearheaded NorthShore’s SBAR (Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation) training program. This technique provides an easy-to-remember, concrete mechanism useful for framing critical communication between physicians and nursing staff.

Conducted exclusively at our Highland Park Hospital site, we simulate cases in the lab where the nurse needed to assess a patient and, via phone, communicate issues requiring a clinician’s immediate attention and action. After each scenario, we debrief the key clinical items that are required in every SBAR discussion. We have provided SBAR training to more than 500 nurses across NorthShore’s hospitals. Cultivating these behaviors is essential for developing teamwork and fostering a culture of patient safety.

Nurse Aitchison, Chief Coordinator of the Medical Simulation Program, has been the lead trainer in an array of nursing instruction endeavors featuring simulation. These programs have included nursing skills day, mock codes, ACLS, BLS, ABLS (Advanced Burn Life Support), NP/PA training and other review courses.

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