Pamela Anderson, MSN, RN
Professional Practice Associate Professor, BSN Nursing/ Utah State University
Pam earned a Master of Education from Weber State University in 2009 and worked for Weber State University for 10 years. She is an experienced educator in Patient-Centered Nursing Care, High-Risk Adult, Advanced Nursing Concepts, Oncology, as well as Precepting, Clinical, Lab, and Simulation classes. Pam taught at BYU-Idaho for an online Advanced Nursing Concepts Class totaling 6 years. Prior to that, she taught at Ogden Weber Applied Technology College as the Simulator Educator and Clinical Instructor.
Her work experience includes McKay Dee Hospital for 13 years, five years on the Medical/Oncology unit where she was the team leader for 3 of those five years. At that time, she became certified in Oncology Nursing and worked for eight years in the ICU.. During the period where she worked at McKay Dee Hospital, she assisted in the Education Department on skills day and worked with new employees in the Residency Program.
Pam has been involved with the Utah Simulation Coalition where she assists with the development and teaching of simulation courses for academicians. She is associated with and provides services for Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society.
Madeline Lassche, DNP, NEA-BC, CHSE
Executive Director of Simulation at the University of Utah
Madeline Lassche, DNP NEA-BC CHSE is Executive Director of Simulation at the University of Utah. She has 15 years’ experience in simulation methodologies for teaching and developing simulation programs in pre-licensure, graduate, and interprofessional education. Dr. Lassche is also a simulation consultant creating simulation virtual environments for multiple organizations over 10 years. She has been PI on intermural grants resulting in virtual reality evaluation, simulation in systems, and evaluation of interprofessional learning. Recent publications include using simulation in PhD programs for responsible conduct of research, developing and validating of an interprofessional attitudes scale, and using human factors evaluation in hospital-based simulation. Dr. Lassche is a founder of the Utah Simulation Coalition, which seeks to align simulation standards across all simulated learning environments in Utah.
Lassche Faculty Webpage: http://faculty.utah.edu/u0058317/teaching/index.hml
Dianne McAdams-Jones, RN, CHSE, SFHEA
Professor Department Nursing / Senior Fellow Higher Education / Founding member Utah Simulation Coalition (USC) / College of Health and Public Service (CHPS)
Dr. McAdams-Jones is a post doctorate prepared nurse educator who has directed the Simulation Learning Labs at Utah Valley University for over ten years. During those years she wrote for and received over eighty thousand dollars internally for grants to promote and facilitate simulation for the students and faculty. In the face of university low budgets, she developed a Simulation in Technology Scholars (SIT Scholars) course where she trained students in the management of simulation technology thereby affording her the technical assistance needed to manage three or four simulations simultaneously. She provided guidance to the local communities through creating, directing and facilitating an integrative simulation coalition for Utah County. She is a founding member of the Utah Simulation Coalition and a key program developer and facilitator for the Utah Simulation Coalition’s annual Simulation for Educators/Academicians’ two recurring annual courses. Just recently she collaborated with simulationists around the world as an author for a Society for Simulators in Healthcare (SSH) e-book for simulation educators. She is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) and a Center for Medical Simulation (Harvard) certified Simulationist Instructor.
Natalie Monson, RN, MSN
Assistant Professor - Nursing Nursing/Health Professions
Natalie Monson received her ASN degree from Utah State College in 1990. She has worked primarily in orthopedics and neurology at several hospitals in Utah for the last 30 years. She completed her BSN and Master’s degrees in 2014 and joined the faculty at Utah Valley University as a clinical instructor and full-time faculty member. She joined the Utah Simulation Coalition in 2019 and serves as the community liaison for Utah Valley University. Her decision to continue working at the patient bedside has served to enhance her simulation scenarios and improve her teaching practice. She has presented at several conferences on the importance of technology in the field of nursing and how the use of simulation can enhance nursing education.
Associate Teaching Professor of Nursing at Brigham Young University
Stacie Hunsaker is an associate teaching professor of nursing at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. She has worked 26 of her 32 years in nursing in emergency departments as a staff nurse, charge nurse, nurse manager, simulation facilitator, and nurse educator. She currently teaches nursing students full-time and regularly works scheduled shifts in a level 2 trauma center. Stacie loves teaching healthcare providers and continues to teach in the hospital setting in addition to academia. She maintains board certifications in emergency nursing, pediatric emergency nursing, nursing education, nurse manager, and healthcare simulation educator. Stacie has an extensive healthcare simulation background. For several years, she has functioned as a simulation facilitator for a large hospital system—assisting interdisciplinary teams to improve teamwork and communication skills. Her current role as a Faculty Simulation Coordinator in a baccalaureate-nursing program allows her to teach these critical skills to students to prepare them to enter practice.
Allison C. Bennett, MSN, RN
Allison Bennett earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing Leadership and Administration graduating in 2014 from the University of Colorado. She was the lead in development and implementation of a Simulation Center for a Collaboration in Colorado involving 2 Health Systems, a University, and a Community College. Since 2010, she has been involved in integrating simulation into nursing education for pre and post licensure students. She received a graduate certificate in Simulation Education from Bryan LGH College of Health Sciences in 2011. Currently, she works as the Assistant Manager of Nursing Curriculum at Nightingale College, primarily assisting the development of virtual simulation curriculum for learners nationwide.
I. Marlene Summers, MEd, MSS, MSNED, RN
Utah Simulation Chair, 2019 – 2021
I was born, raised, and educated in Idaho. After graduating with an Associate Degree from Ricks College, I transferred to Weber State College to finish my first Bachelors degree in Education. My first experience with simulation came in the form of a near death experience in the Spring of 1973 when I stepped onto the pool deck at Weber State for my final pass off in Lifesaving. Having removed my contacts, I struggled to clearly see the size of the enormous football player trashing about in the deep end. As I did my approach, I estimated him to be at least eight feet tall and close to a thousand pounds. I succeeded in doing an underwater approach and making contact with said victim. Divine intervention enabled me to barely lock him into a cross-chest carry. There was no calming this Dude as he continued to trash about as I frantically kicked for all I was worth to reach the shallow end with him. After spiraling through the water for what seemed to be at least six months, I finally gave up, released my death grip across his chest, and stood up, not realizing the edge of the pool was only three feet away. Having experienced a near drowning in 1969, there was no doubt this experience was “real”.
I accepted a two year term as Chair for the Utah Simulation Coalition (2019 – 2021) because Maddie Lassche, Dianne McAdams-Jones, Stacie Hunsaker, Kristine Bouwhuis, Sarah Minson and Pamela Anderson each said “yes” to putting together a simulation facilitator course specifically for academians. In 2012, as an employee with Intermountain Healthcare, I had the opportunity to assist with the development of a facilitator course for employees assigned to conduct simulations. Maddie and Sarah were also part of that original team. The Intermountain Healthcare Facilitator Course achieved certification from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare in 2016. As the Regional Education Consultant for the North Region, I was involved with that intense process. The other fore mentioned individuals had completed this course and were doing simulations in their respective academic and clinical facilities. How can you say “No” to this many professionals who said “Yes” to constructing and implementing a quality course specifically for those doing simulation in higher education.
Instructor and Simulation coordinator at Weber State University.
I have been a nurse for 19 years with a background in acute care. I am an instructor and simulation
coordinator at Weber State University. I have been involved with simulation since 2013. I have had the
opportunity to assist with nurse residency simulation, code team simulation, and now nursing student
simulation. I have been a member of the Utah Simulation Coalition (USC) since 2019.
Shane Yardley MSN, RN, NREMT-P, LPT, CEN, CHSE, CNEcl, PCCN
Assistant Professor and the RN to BSN Program Faculty Lead in the Department of Nursing at Southern Utah University
Shane became a certified paramedic in 2007, a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in 2009, and a registered nurse (RN) in 2010. Shane received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) with a minor in Criminal Justice from Southern Utah University in 2011 and his Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Leadership & Management in 2018 from Western Governors University. Shane earned a Healthcare Simulation Graduate Certificate from Boise State University in 2019. Shane is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Nursing Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Shane is a Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN), Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE), Certified Academic Clinical Nurse Educator (CNEcl), and Progressive Care Certified Nurse (PCCN).
Shane has worked in health care in various roles since 2005. His background, and passion, are in rural and emergency medicine. He has worked in a variety of practice settings from home health and long-term care to emergency department, ground transport, and flight nursing. Immediately prior to his appointment at SUU, Shane was the Assistant Chief Nursing Officer, Director of Quality, and Director of Infection Prevention & Control at Milford Memorial Hospital. Shane taught Clinical & Simulation Learning at Southwest Technical College during the inaugural year of their LPN Program and is currently a Learning Lab Instructor at Western Governors University. He maintains practice as an RN at Milford Memorial Hospital, a critical-access facility, and continues to run as an Advanced-EMT at Milford Valley Ambulance Service.
Shane was named Rural Hospital Generalist Nurse of the Year by Southern Utah University in 2018 and SUU College of Science and Engineering Faculty of the Year for Nursing for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Leah Maynard MSNED, CRRN, RN
Instructor at Ameritech
I started nursing school at Utah Career College and graduated with my ASN in June 2008. I
started my career at HealthSouth in Acute Rehab. I learned so much working there and it was a
great place to start in my nursing career. I then moved on to The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital
(TOSH) in April 2015. I started my bachelor’s degree in October 2016 at Western Governors
University. I decided shortly after starting that I wanted to pursue my master’s as well. I
graduated with my BSN in June of 2018. I continued with my schooling and graduated with my
master’s in nursing education in January 2020. I started at Ameritech in August 2020 and I
absolutely love teaching. My favorite part is watching students develop their skills and critical
thinking over their time with me in simulation. It is so rewarding!