Past Event

Preparing Nurses for COVID-19: The Use of Simulation Learning

April 30, 2020
5:30 PM - 6:45 PM
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Time: 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. (India)  |  12:00 - 1:15 p.m. (GMT)  |  8:00 - 9:15 a.m. (New York)

Nurses across the world are central to pandemic response and prevention efforts. Yet challenges such as managing human resources, shortage of personal protective equipment, and the accompanying psychological stress and social stigma for affected health workers all pose new challenges for nursing education and practice. 

This webinar, hosted by Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai, showcases how the use of simulation learning and other innovative practices in nursing education adopted by the Columbia University School of Nursing can help to build a robust health care system for coping with the recent coronavirus outbreak.  

The webinar will act as a platform to investigate the following issues: 

  1. How can nursing education prepare students and promote pandemic response-readiness?  
    • Columbia University School of Nursing’s mobilization of response to COVID-19 pandemic 
    • Development of Circles of Care for nurses/students to promote self-care and minimize trauma and burnout
  2. What are some of the innovations that simulation learning can implement to enhance the nursing response?
    • Developing virtual Covid-19 preparedness training for students, including PPE
    • Teaming up with hospital educators to assist with training OR nurses, review  of health assessment skills, medication administration, and IV therapy to prepare them for redeployment to medical surgical units to care for patients with Covid-19. 
    • Preparing faculty nurse-practitioners to open fever and cough screening clinic for the community.
    • Revising simulation curriculum to a virtual platform by using screen based simulation programs. 

To register, please send an email to [email protected]


About the speakers:

Lorraine Frazier

Lorraine Frazier is the Dean of Columbia University School of Nursing, Mary O’Neil Mundinger Professor of Nursing and Senior Vice President, Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Dr. Frazier is an accomplished cardiovascular and genetics researcher and regarded as a pioneer in developing and promoting state-of-the-art translational research programs. She also is a national expert in biobanking, the emerging science of collecting, storing, and sharing blood and tissue samples for the purpose of advancing medical research and providing access to genetic information. Dr. Frazier also serves on the board of directors of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. Dr. Frazier joined Columbia Nursing in 2018 from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), where she was professor and dean of the Cizik School of Nursing. She completed her PhD at UTHealth in 2000 and joined the faculty in 2002, rising to professor, associate dean, and chair of the Department of Nursing Systems in 2008. Prior to that, she was the dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.


Jennifer Dohrn

Jennifer Dohrn, CNM, DNP, FAAN is an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of the Office of Global Initiatives and its PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for Advanced Practice Nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing.  As Director of Midwifery Services, Professor Dohrn initiated the first freestanding maternity center in an inner city in the United States in the Bronx, New York.  She has worked in Sub-Saharan African countries since 2003, helping to expand the role of nurses and midwives in primary and HIV care, and initiating methods of simulation learning into nursing curriculum.  Professor Dohrn was the founding Project Director for the United States/PEPFAR-funded ICAP Global Nursing Capacity Building to address the HIV pandemic in ten Sub-Saharan countries.  Professor Dohrn is currently leading an initiative to study the role of nursing responses on the frontline of the Ebola outbreak in western African countries.  She has integrated her wide global experiences in crisis response situations into two decades of teaching in midwifery and global health equity, including her engagement with Columbia Global Centers in Mumbai, Amman, Nairobi, and Beijing.

Kellie Bryant

Kellie Bryant, DNP, WHNP, CHSE is Assistant Professor and Executive Director of the Simulation Center at Columbia University School of Nursing.  Professor Bryant has over 18 years of teaching experience and 10 years of experience as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.  Throughout her career she has become an expert in the field of simulation through her experience with designing simulation centers and implemented simulation programs for two of the top-rated nursing schools in the United States.  In her current role as Executive Director of Columbia University’s state of the art Simulation Center, she oversees the day to day operations and implementation of simulation-based education for all the graduate nursing and advance practice nursing students.  She is also the medical director of the School of Nursing’s Opioid Overdose Prevention program where she provides naloxone training for over 1,500 healthcare profession students each year.