Profile in Simulation: Kristen Jones-Bonofiglio
Kristen Jones-Bonofiglio developed an interest in simulation very early in her professional career. After graduating from Lakehead University with a Masters of Public Health in 2008, she was hired to create the simulation lab and establish simulation in the curriculum at the University’s School of Nursing.
She has always been a firm believer in simulation’s innovative possibilities.
“I think simulation holds the potential to help teams work together towards positive change and ultimately better patient care and health outcomes," she said. "What could be more exciting than that?”
Kristen was the recipient of a SIM-one grant, which supported the use of simulation equipment for Personal Support Worker (PSW) training to support seniors living at home. This year, in the fall, she will be a faculty member and a developer on SIM-one’s new Simulation Research Primer, a course that introduces participants to research in simulation-based education.
"Working with SIM-one provides a wonderful opportunity for collaboration and building a community of practice for simulation, in its many forms, across Ontario and perhaps beyond."
Kristen’s current research interests include nursing ethics (moral distress), palliative/end-of-life care, mental health nursing (geriatrics/dementia), and high fidelity simulation (HFS). She is finishing up an educational research project evaluating the use of HFS with hospice volunteers working with clients with dementia in long-term care, and is currently exploring mobile uses for simulation technology (in-situ learning) in the classroom and community settings.
“One research project that I was part of found that using HFS technology was an effective way to deliver quality palliative care education. This is an area of training, education, and evaluation that simulation research can break new ground with.”
In the future, Kristen would like to focus on educational research using simulation in the community care setting, with plans for a mobile simulation lab on the horizon. She is also expecting to earn her PhD in Educational Studies very soon.
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