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PhD Student awarded grant for simulation scenario development

PhD student Brian French, along with his team of nurse researchers from the Institute for Patient Care at Massachusetts General Hospital, has been given a grant for simulation scenario development.

PhD student Brian French, along with his team of nurse researchers from the Institute for Patient Care at Massachusetts General Hospital, has been awarded a grant for simulation scenario development. The grant was given by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education as part of a statewide initiative to address the nursing shortage and better prepare nurses and nursing educators.

French will serve as program manager for the Knight Simulation Program, which will fund the development of a simulation scenario—a critical learning situation using simulation manikins. These manikins are increasingly valuable tools allowing nurses to practice skills with no risk to patients. The Knight Simulation Program's proposed scenario will incorporate broad principles of geriatric and palliative care, specifically the delivery of patient and family focused care to a patient of color at the end of life. Through this simulation scenario, French and his team hope to improve nurses' knowledge, skills, and attitudes related to the care of geriatric patients.

Boston College is French's academic partner on the project proposal, and associate dean of graduate programs Patricia Tabloski and associate professor of adult health Rita Oliveri will be providing content expertise and serving as a review panel for the finished scenario.