St.Christopher's Island!

 

Saint Kitts is a beautiful and special place!

Sunrise on the first day of Spring in St. Kitts West Indies!

Sunrise on the first day of spring in St. Kitts, West Indies!

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.

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Ellen Gillanders with nursing students and SimMan.

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.

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Verena prepping for simulations!

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:

Huh? Wha?...(we simply had to take this picture!)

Huh? Wha?...(we simply had to take this picture!) That's Jim Behme and he's into behaviorism!

This is from about 600 feet up overlooking the Atlantic!

This is from about 600 feet up overlooking the Atlantic!

UMHS Faculty working with  METI's iStan.

UMHS Faculty working with METI's iStan.

Big lab with an incredible view. They have another lab about the same size too.

Big lab with an incredible view. They have another lab about the same size too.

The view from UMHS' back walkway-looking Northeast. WOW!

The view from UMHS' back walkway-looking Northeast. WOW!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keisha the simulation and IT specialist. She taught me what Net Ball is!

Keisha the simulation and IT specialist. She taught me what Net Ball is!

 

Sunset on the Caribbean....

Sunset on the Caribbean....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Todd out…………………

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