Sabrina has served as Co-chair of the Membership Committee for the past two years and will move to a board position as VP for Membership following the INACSL Conference in June.
INACSL: Tell us about your personal and professional background.
Sabrina: I have lived in several states following my childhood in Massachusetts. After graduating from nursing school, I was recruited to New Orleans, LA where I began my nursing career. This is where I met my husband. We have lived in Florida, Texas and currently in Maryland. We have one son who lives in Cambridge, MA.
Professionally, I have worked as a critical care nurse, developed a home care hospice program and fell into education quite by accident — a colleague needed to fill a clinical instructor position and I took the challenge. I was hooked! I have been a full-time faculty member at Montgomery College for the past 15 years.
INACSL: How did you become interested in simulation?
Sabrina: In 2010, I attended the Maryland Faculty Academy for Simulation and Teaching (M-FAST) at Johns Hopkins University where I studied under Dr. Pamela Jeffries. Simulation became my passion. I returned to my institution, initiated a Simulation Committee and began to implement the first iteration of the INACSL Standards of Best Practice in 2011.
INACSL: Explain your current role in simulation?
Sabrina: Currently, I am the Faculty Lead for the Maryland Clinical Simulation Resource Consortium (MCSRC) – a three million-dollar, five-year statewide initiative to increase the quality and quantity of simulation across Maryland’s prelicensure nursing programs and clinical partners. The MCSRC provides a three-day Train the Trainer program (face to face and hybrid), workshops, and additional educational resources such as SIM-N-ARs (webinars) and SIM-Talks (TED talks). We are in our third year and have educated over 150 simulation education leaders.
INACSL: How have the INACSL Standards of Best Practice impacted your simulation program.
Sabrina: The INACSL Standards of Best Practice frame the MCSRC Train the Trainer curriculum. Visually, we place the Simfographs around the classroom as guideposts, role model the standards in our delivery of education and teach the content of each standard within the courses.
INACSL: Why did you decide to volunteer with INACSL?
Sabrina: I was welcomed by INACSL from the first day I became a member. It gave me sense of community and a place to network with professionals working on similar challenges and opportunities in simulation. I was supported in committee work and mentored by leadership as I moved into a chair position. I look forward to serving the vision and mission of INACSL and meeting the needs of membership.
INACSL: In closing, what advice do you have for simulation educators?
Sabrina: Immerse yourself in the theory, standards and guidelines for simulation, practice the art and science and before you know it, you will be a simulation leader. Become involved in INACSL as a member of a committee. You will meet incredible people doing incredible work.