Saint Kitts is a beautiful and special place!
Anne Summer, Jim Behme and I just got back from our sim-consulting trip to the University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) in St. Kitts! Anne and Jim both work at the Clinical Performance Center on the Biddeford campus of UNE. We were asked to consult with the UMHS faculty and present our expertise on high fidelity simulation and standardized patients. The school faces the Carribean Sea and is an inspiring place to house a higher learning facility. We met with quite a few faculty members and jostled with ideas to embed simulation into their collective curricula. It was a successful series of meetings and much information was traded back and forth. The simulation labs are spacious and can accommodate many students at once.
The view ain’t so bad either!
Under the guidance of nursing instructors Helen Gillanders, E.N.(G), R.N.(G) and Verena Pointer R.N. we got a lovely tour and demonstration of their Human Simulation Laboratory.
Mrs. Gillanders was initially educated as an enrolled nurse (G) at Sheffield School of Nursing in England. She worked in the regional kidney transplant unit at Manchester Royal Infirmary that contained a hemodialysis treatment area and a training area for patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis. Mrs. Gillanders also worked in the regional vascular surgical unit attached to University of Manchester Medical School with responsibilities for coordinating the administration of medications under research protocol in conjunction with the University of Manchester Medical School. Later, she completed additional education to become a registered nurse at the University of Manchester Nursing School. She was one of the primary health care providers at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Mrs. Gillanders is a clinical instructor in the skills laboratory at IUON, and she is the manager of the exceptionally well equipped state of the art IUON Human Simulation Laboratory. In addition, Mrs. Gillanders currently serves asthe IUON and UMHS campus nurse. Mrs. Pointer received her nursing education at the German Hospital School of Nursing in London. After qualifying in 1967, she was in charge of a 12-bed ear, nose and throat unit (ENT) for four years. Since then she has travelled the world with her physician husband working on various international aid projects.
Mrs. Pointer was associated with Ross University School of Medicine since 1996 when she and her husband moved to Dominica, West Indies. Mrs. Pointer joined IUON in January 2006 as the human patient simulation lab assistant and enjoys the interaction she has with students and faculty.
Here are more pics from the trip:
So thanks to our wonderful hosts at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences -Doctors Ross and Wagner and the faculty and staff there. We had a blast and were truly “changed” by the island experience!