Roberta L. Hales MHA, RRT-NPS, RN, CHSE
About Roberta Hales
I am a pediatric respiratory therapist and nurse who ventured into healthcare simulation in 2005. I started my career as a simulation educator and currently serve as the Simulation and Research Manager of the Center for Simulation, Advanced Education and Innovation at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In addition, I have served as an Adjunct Associate Professor for the Drexel University Master of Medical and Healthcare Simulation for the past seven years. What’s more, since inception I have been on the Philadelphia Area Simulation Consortium and Philadelphia Simulation Facilitator’s Program planning committees and faculty.
As an educator, I worked collaboratively with faculty of numerous disciplines/professions to provide guidance, mentorship and leadership to improve patient safety and outcomes through education, assessment, in tandem with system and process improvement using innovative experiences by way of simulation based methodologies. As the Simulation Manager, I provide leadership and support to the faculty and team to facilitate a state-of-the-art program in alignment with the organization’s strategic pillars. I act as the liaison and work in partnership with hospital administration, clinical leadership and program leaders to create a collaborative safety and quality oriented center. And above, I continually communicate our shared vision to be a center of excellence for pediatric simulation education, innovation and research, to improve healthcare quality, safety, and outcomes locally, nationally, and globally to promote patient centered and interprofessional collaborative care.
Ten years ago I became involved in the International Pediatric Simulation Society (IPSS) when I attended my first International Pediatric Simulation and Symposium Workshop (IPSSW) conference in Madrid, Spain, where I presented my runner-up research abstract in an oral presentation. From my first encounter, I was truly inspired and became a believer that IPSS is the forum for me. My passion for pediatric simulation bloomed and I was excited that I finally found my niche.
Since I joined IPSS, I have become an active member, where currently I serve as the Executive Committee Secretary and I have had the privilege to serve as a BOD, education co-chair, organizing committee for IPSSW 2014 and 2016, and advisory committee for IPSSW 2015. Through these wonderful experiences I have come to appreciate the networking, abundant opportunities and challenges for the society as a whole.
As a simulation professional, my passion circles around quality and safety, system/process improvement, and interprofessional education. I believe IPSS has the platform to aid these areas to grow and flourish, together with building the international pediatric simulation community in all areas of the world. A simulation community creates a network and feeling of fellowship that shares facets of practice including the benefits and challenges, ideas, and the resources and experiences which are essential for the growth in the expertise and success of the profession. As a society, we need to create this sense of community with no one left behind.
Our society needs to think “outside the box” on how to create value and opportunities for our current and future members. Though, we have started this journey, I believe there are many more opportunities and ideas to explore, create, cultivate and grow. Our pediatric simulation community has no boundaries. We can impact and improve patient care, safety and outcomes. As president of the society, I believe my simulation expertise and knowledge of the society inner workings will drive us to a different level. I will advocate and champion the interprofessional pediatric simulation community and society that is committed to the global vision to provide the best healthcare to children and families in all regions of the world.