SG19USA Simulation Technologists: the Foundation for Success


 At SG19USA, Laerdal are proud sponsors of the plenary address by Professor Henry Henao - Simulation Technologists: The Foundation for Success.

The FIU STAR Center has established the tradition of building the Center on the shared experiences of technologists. From the Director on down, every member of the STAR Center administration and staff have at one point, worked as a simulation technologist. This diverse background has been attributed as one of the main factors that have led to the success of the Center as an innovator in the field. Many of us have furthered develop as educators and scholars in the field of clinical simulation, but rest assured, the foundational  experiences the leadership of the Center have had come from their work as technologists, specialists in the implementation of clinical simulation.

Creativity that comes from our own personal experiences coupled with the support and recognition by upper administration of our passion and expertise have allowed us the ability to apply creative thinking to emerging opportunities like only technologists could. We make Simulation Technologists the core of all endeavors in clinical simulation activities and ensure operations are matched with all educational initiatives. We have found that partnering with and empowering technologists to contribute to a duplicatable approach to implementing simulation is the key to long term success. 



About Henry Henao

Henry Henao MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, CHSE is Director of the Simulation Teaching and Research Center and Clinical Assistant Professor at FIU. 

Since attending his first INACSL conference in 2006, Professor Henry Henao has become an international leader in designing and implementing educational innovations that prepare healthcare professionals to practice across complex healthcare environments. Professor Henao has been recognized as an influential voice in the field of clinical simulation education.

In 2010, he joined the faculty of Florida International University’s Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences as a Clinical Assistant Professor and led the creation of the Simulation Teaching and Research (STAR) Center as its founding Director. In this capacity, he provides the vision and manages the daily operation of a 16,000 square foot facility designed to deliver immersive experiences to undergraduate, graduate learners, and practicing nursing and healthcare providers in an environment that resembles authentic clinical settings. In 2018, Professor Henao and his team successfully achieved accreditation in teaching/education of the STAR Center with the Society of Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).

Professor Henao served as a team leader and site principal investigator for the longitudinal, multi-site, landmark “The National Simulation Study”, funded by The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) that provided the initial evidence to support policy on the use of simulation in prelicensure nursing education.

Professor Henao consults on faculty development, curriculum integration, design, development, and operations of simulation programs internationally. He is among the first educators to become a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) by SSH. Professor Henao has served as a subject matter expert to review the original standards for simulation evaluation from the International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL). He was competitively selected into the inaugural class of the prestigious National League for Nursing’s (NLN) Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators (SimLeaders). Additionally, he serves as a Simulation Nursing Educator for the NLN/Laerdal Simulation Education Solutions for Nursing (SESN) program

Professor Henao has worked for over twenty years as an Emergency Medical Technician, emergency department Nurse, and as a Nurse Practitioner in private practice. He is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and is a founder and current advisor for the Nurse Practitioner Council of Miami-Dade Inc., a professional organization that advocates for nurse practitioners and the community they serve. Professor Henao is currently completing his PhD in Nursing with a focus on simulation center operations.

About Laerdal Medical

Laerdal Medical is dedicated to helping save lives with product solutions, services, and system solutions that support the Chain of Survival. The Good Samaritan logo symbolizes our commitment to every health professional and volunteer who has learned how to save the life of a family member, friend, or stranger in need.The vision of Laerdal is that no-one should die or be disabled unnecessarily during birth or from sudden illness or trauma.

Since its creation of the pioneering, and now world famous CPR practise manikin in 1960, the Resusci Anne; many more innovative products have followed to improve and support education for Healthcare Professionals around the world, as well as facilitate the spread of CPR knowledge and skills to the would be Samaritan in the wider lay community. Laerdal has developed breakthrough technologies that have helped to define its portfolio of simulation, micro-simulation, virtual reality, automated external defibrillators and emergency therapeutic products as reputable market leaders. Other well-known brands include SimMan,SimBaby, SimNewB, HeartStart, Q-CPR, Stifneck, the Pocket Mask and BaXstrap.

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