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Michael Ackerman


Dr. Ackerman’s role in the grant will be to serve as Co-PI, technology expert and Director of the Immersive Technology Lab. He is the Director of the Master of Healthcare Innovation Program as well as the Director of the Center for Healthcare Innovation and Leadership in the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University. He is a Professor of Clinical Nursing in the CON. Throughout his career, he has been involved in a variety of innovation projects, from medical device evaluation to service design, to the study of design thinking. He has a passion for technology and has always been on the disruptive edge with his teaching. He has held a variety of practice and academic leadership roles and has spent most of his career bridging these two worlds.

Wendy Bowles


Dr. Bowles’ role will be to serve as Co-PI as well as undergraduate and graduate prelicensure curriculum specialist and evaluator. Dr. Bowles has been a nurse practitioner for over 20 years and currently serves as Assistant Dean for Baccalaureate Programs at The Ohio State University College of Nursing since 2016. Having assumed leadership roles, she incorporates evidence-based pedagogies to reshape nursing education which has been her focus in educational research. She manages several grants including one of which was the creation of a seamless academic progression model thus establishing grant funding to develop this model through collaboration with regionally located associate and baccalaureate nursing programs in our state. Dr. Bowles has extensive experience in leading innovative teaching and practice initiatives. Dr. Bowles has worked diligently on faculty development and outcomes within the baccalaureate programs at our university. We are under a full curriculum revision of the traditional baccalaureate program, under her direction, to meet the national landscape of current top of licensure practices for registered nurses and meet the new AACN (2021) essentials for nursing education which will also inform the work on this ANF grant. Her current endeavors include grant funded activities for seamless progression and primary care initiatives in which she has presented this work nationally and internationally. In addition to the service within the College of Nursing, Dr. Bowles was also selected to be on the university-wide team for re-envisioning and implementation of the general education credits for the university; first revision in over 30 years for general education. Her expertise on the grant will provide the incorporation of the curriculum mapping, competency development, evaluation of outcomes, and research on educational modalities within the grant.

Amy Jauch


Dr. Jauch’s role will be to serve as Co-PI as well as undergraduate and graduate prelicensure curriculum specialist and evaluator. Dr. Jauch is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing and currently serves as the Director of Prelicensure Programs at The Ohio State University. She has been an academic nurse educator for 15 years with experience teaching in the clinical and classroom, and online setting. She has expertise in program evaluation, curriculum development and redesign, and faculty development. Dr. Jauch implemented cost saving initiatives for students such as, replacing textbooks, in the RN-BSN program, using open educational resources. Dr. Jauch will provide faculty development for competency-based evaluation, curriculum integration of immersive simulation, and development and implementation of the adaptive clinical experiences.

Mike Rayo


Dr. Rayo’s role will be to serve as a Sub-investigator. He will provide the artificial intelligence and machine learning expertise that has been developed in his lab. Dr Rayo is an Assistant Professor in Integrated Systems Engineering and Core Faculty at the Translational Data Analytics Institute at The Ohio State University. He is also the director of the Cognitive Systems Engineering Laboratory, co-director of the Symbiotic Healthcare Design Laboratory and a patient safety scientific advisor at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. His research focuses on devising new design strategies resulting in human-machine interactions to support joint cognition for resilient performance. His work in joint human-machine activity including alarm design and management, visual analytics, computerized decision support, and interpersonal communication has been funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Ohio Department of Health, Eurocontrol, and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. He will be leading the efforts in translating nursing student behaviors and situation specifics in the case-based evaluations into performance and challenge measures used to evaluate performance. This effort will leverage Dr. Rayo’s current AHRQ-funded work in clinical decision support, immersing nursing students in the AI-enabled tools they will encounter on the job.

Bradley Chesham


Mr. Chesham will serve as an extended reality consultant to the grant. He has mixed acute tertiary intensive care nursing experience, along with remote medicine. Deployments have been within Mosul, Iraq, Afghanistan, Mexico, Norway, and many more, and he is even registered as a nurse in Papua New Guinea. During his career, he has always taken pride in ongoing knowledge and skills development. He has recently worked very hard to establish a new nursing education start-up company launched in July / August 2018 - Bundle of Rays. Innovating with innovation. Bradley is a well-qualified clinician, mainly working in acute specialties with a focus on intensive care. He fits into established teams well and enjoys the responsibility that accompanies a high degree of managerial autonomy. This has been consolidated through a variety of international projects involving the British Army in Afghanistan, Australian Federal Police in Papua New Guinea, and a multitude Oil & Gas projects across Mexico, Guinea, and Norway for companies such as Exxon and CGGveritas and Commissioning new and revised services at two hospitals in South-East Queensland. He is also the winner of 2020 Commonwealth Medical Association Digital Health Awards and the 2019 Hayden Vanguard Lectureship Award – INACLS.

Awais Ali


Mr Ali’s role with the grant will be to direct the IT components. Evaluating and ordering equipment as well as deploying IT expertise to the project. He is the Director of IT & Business Systems and Co-Director Data Commons for The Ohio State University College of Nursing. He is a visionary and goal oriented executive with demonstrated experience in planning, developing, and implementing cutting edge information solutions to address business opportunities for over 20 years. He has diverse experience in developing strategic plans for implementation and operation of client services, product support, quality assurance, and training. He initiates and enforces strict budget controls addressing organizational need and promotion of growth. Also, he is experienced in joint program development, providing novel solutions for research projects, e-learning, e-commerce, healthcare, benchmarking, capacity planning, project and resource management, and cross functional team training.

Douglas Danforth


Dr. Danforth’s role will be to serve as an advisor in the creation and evaluation of use cases for XR technology and software. We will also be utilizing his lab for some of our education. Dr. Danforth is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, in the College of Medicine at The Ohio State University. His laboratory is focused on the creation of Virtual Learning Environments for medical education, including the development of Virtual Patients to teach and assess communication skills and clinical decision making in medical students, and the development of Virtual Reality Simulations to train and assess first responders on how to triage a mass casualty incident. He has received more than 5.2 million dollars in grants from The Ohio State University, the OSU College of Medicine, the National Board of Medical Examiners, the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, The Institute for Innovative Technologies in Medial Education, the National Science Foundation, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the National Institutes of Health.

Stephanie Justice


Dr. Justice’s role will be to serve as a simulation specialist as we design our curriculum. She is a nursing faculty member and simulationist at the CON. Dr. Justice is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) and serves on the CHSE Blueprint Committee with the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Dr. Justice is responsible for simulation best practices and standards oversight, assists with simulation development to meet course and program objectives, and updates on new simulation innovations.

Stephen McGhee


Dr. McGhee is responsible for all data collection and analysis related to course evaluations and program compliance at the CON, arising from extensive experience evaluating educational courses and programs. He recently reviewed, compiled, and presented the CON Continuous Improvement Progress Report (CIPR) and leads in the assessment and evaluation of programs in the US and internationally. He will meet with the program director to develop evaluation tools that are specific to this project. These will assess at various time points a range of outcomes to ensure we are meeting the program aims. We will keep track of several performance measures given that evaluation is important for the program. Participant post-program evaluations and feedback from the health center workforce will be used to inform continuous quality improvement.

Kelly Casler


Dr. Casler’s role will be to provide grant oversight regarding simulation best-practices and alignment of the immersive simulation program with simulation standards for curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation. She is an Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing at the CON where she teaches in the Family Nurse Practitioner program and serves as an evidence-based practice and simulation expert. Nationally, she provides leadership regarding simulation curriculum and best practices as a member of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Simulation Committee. Dr. Casler also holds a certificate of added qualification in evidence-based practice from the Fuld Institute for Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare.

Susan O’Hara


Dr. O’Hara’s role will be to provide support to the PI’s with respect to curriculum design and evaluation. Dr O’Hara is assistant professor of clinical nursing and lead faculty in the Master of Healthcare Innovation Program in the CON. Dr. O’Hara’s research is based on the role of the built environment on inter-professional team thinking and care delivery. She also works with computer simulation engineers to create virtual worlds of the health care environments. This work is designed to better understand the multiple scenarios for the relationship between physical space and configurations of teamwork. Dr. O’Hara brings her experience in architectural design in the healthcare-built environment and use of modeling to predict ideal work settings for all levels of practitioners: novice, mid-level and senior/expert. She has taught undergraduate community health nursing and understands students getting ready to practice and the importance of incorporating social determinants of health (SDOH) into all types of patient settings. Merging nursing, architecture and computer simulation modeling has been at the forefront of her innovative career exemplified in working on the National Nurses Time and Motion Study with Kaiser Permanente and Ascension Health.

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