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MOMS Graduates First Cohort Of Simulation Leadership Academy

The Montana Obstetrics and Maternal Support grant graduated its first cohort of Simulation Leadership Academy participants; of those graduates, Tami Larson, registered nurse of Sidney Health Center, was included.

Critical access hospitals often provide emergency labor and delivery care in remote areas of Montana. For CAHs with and without birthing units, it is difficult to remain prepared for rare obstetric emergencies and provider teams need opportunities to routinely practice skills to manage these situations. The role of simulation training in obstetrics has grown in recent years because it provides a controlled environment for learners to practice skills and receive immediate feedback and assessment while maintaining psychological safety. The SLA is a six-month professional education course designed to prepare maternal health care provider teams across Montana to design, implement, and evaluate medical and behavioral health simulations at their facilities. The MOMS program provides sites with a training manikin to ensure lack of equipment is not a barrier to routine simulation practice. Sites whose appointed staff complete the SLA receive a financial incentive to be used on educational equipment, further training and/or mobile simulation.

Sidney Health Center elected to participate in mobile simulation through Simulation in Motion – Montana as part of their completion incentive. Twenty staff members were able to participate in an emergency scenario related to Obstetric Trauma.

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