Roberta Hales

President Elect
Roberta Hales, RN RT

About Roberta Hales

Over the past 9 years, I have served as the Simulation Educator for the Center for Simulation, Advanced Education and Innovation at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. My interest in healthcare simulation started in the pediatric intensive care unit as a respiratory therapist and nurse when my current medical director involved me in the evaluation of a prototype simulator.  I seized the opportunity and my involvement in healthcare simulation commenced. Since the inception of our simulation center, I have been instrumental in the development of the mission, vision and growth.

As the first hire, I worked side-by-side with the simulation center directors to generate buy-in, growth, strategies and future prospects. I have been an integral part in the development of the center’s education/curriculum development process, instructor training workshop, and identification of resources required to achieve a successful simulation program. Moreover, in conjunction with center staff the formation of our policies and procedures arose to provide standardization in the daily operations of our simulation center. Today, I function as the Lead Simulation Educator to provide guidance and direction, and mentorship and leadership to our staff and internal and external customers in order to align the center’s undertakings in support of the institution’s mission, values and strategic goals. In addition, I have expanded my horizons by joining the faculty at Drexel University, College of Medicine as a curriculum developer and Associate Assistant Professor in the Master of Science in Medical and Healthcare Simulation program.

In 2010, 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 IPSSW 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’ve joined IPSS, I have become an active member, and have served on the education committee, the organizing committee for IPSSW 2014 and the advisory committee for IPSSW 2015. Through these wonderful experiences I come to appreciate the opportunities and challenges for the society as a whole, and am honored to now serve on the Board of Directors. 

As a simulation professional, my passion for simulation circles around quality and safe patient care, system and process improvement (integration), and the fundamentals of healthcare education. I believe IPSS has the educational and research platform to help these areas grow in the international simulation community.  This begins with providing education and research opportunities along with the needed resources to the current and up-and-coming generation of neonatal and pediatric simulationists.


I am a UK-trained Neonatologist working in Starship NICU in Auckland, New Zealand. I am a member of the Douglas Starship Simulation faculty and lead the simulation programmer in NICU. My key simulation interests include education, communication and patient safety. I have been an active member of IPSS since 2011, member of the Education Committee since 2012, am a past Co-Chair of the Education Committee (2017-2018) and a current member of the Board of Directors. In collaboration with others, I established the IPSS-INSPIRE Fellowship in 2018 and am on the working group leading this initiative. My vision for IPSS is to continue to support collaborative knowledge sharing and research development in the pediatric and perinatal simulation community. My wish for IPSS is to see an increasing number of non-physician members and to support and develop the ability of those still at the early stage of simulation.





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