Learning and
Assessment Center




Learning and
Assessment Center

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Smith, Mary Kay, PhD, MSN, RN, CHSE
Director
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image mini-2Dr. Smith serves as the Director of the Learning and Assessment Center (LAC) and Assistant Professor. She holds a doctorate in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education Administration. She has integrated formative and summative assessment of student skills with innovative teaching methodologies such immersive clinical simulations, computer-assisted instruction, virtual reality and hybrid models. She has disseminated simulation knowledge at statewide, national and international workshops and conferences. She has been primary investigator with research focused on simulation methodologies and interprofessional education as well as member of multiple research teams generating a number of published articles. Her clinical expertise includes 19 years in the Emergency Department, 3 years in ICU/CCU, and 10 years in Clinical Education in combination with charge, supervision and management responsibilities in hospital settings. Dr. Smith is a committee member of the American Heart Association Great Lakes Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee, is a member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), Vice Chair of the SSH Accreditation committee, member of the Association for Standardized Patient Educators, SimGhost and Sigma Theta Tau.



Patterson, Kimberly, MSN, RN, CHSE
Simulation Manager
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mini 4Mrs. Patterson serves as the Simulation Manager for the Learning and Assessment Center. She is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator through the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.  She is responsible for coordinating and developing curriculum for LAC events and teaching healthcare in addition to facilitating educational activities off-site for various healthcare professionals and institutions. She has worked at the center since 2010. She has also served as a clinical faculty member in the MSU College of Nursing and Coordinator of the Granger Simulation Lab. She completed her Master’s degree in Nursing Education and baccalaureate degree in Nursing from MSU. She is an AHA Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Life Support instructor and TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer. Her formal simulation and debriefing training was completed through the Center for Medical Simulation.  Her clinical expertise includes 6 years in Medical-Surgical and Women’s Health.

 



Bair, Kathleen (Lena), MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC
Simulation Educator
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BairLena2017 Ms. Bair serves as a Simulation Educator at the MSU Learning and Assessment Center. She is responsible for the development, planning, and implementation of simulation events in the center including standardized patient encounters, immersive clinical simulation, off-site in situ simulation, and American Heart Association (AHA) training courses. She began working in the center in 2017 and has been a nurse for 8 years. Kathleen has worked as a nurse educator in the clinical, lab, and classroom settings and has experience in nursing leadership and quality improvement. She earned her BSN and her Clinical Nurse Specialist Master’s degree from Michigan State University and is board certified as an Adult-Gero Clinical Nurse Specialist.



Loomis, Kimberly, MSN, RN
Simulation Educator
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LoomisKimberly2015Mrs. Loomis serves as a Simulation Educator at the MSU Learning and Assessment Center. She is responsible for the development, planning, and implementation of simulation events in the center including standardized patient encounters, immersive clinical simulation, off-site in situ simulation, and BLS courses. She began working in the center in 2015 and has been a nurse for 8 years with clinical expertise in Medical-Surgical nursing. Previously, she worked for as a Teaching Clinician and Clinical instructor in nursing education. She completed her BSN from Saginaw Valley State University and her Master’s degree in Nursing Education from Ferris State University.



Wirtz, Barb, BSN, CHSE
Simulation Educator
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WirtzBarb2015 2Ms. Wirtz serves as a Simulation Educator at the MSU Learning and Assessment Center (LAC). She is responsible for the development, planning, and implementation of simulation events in the center including standardized patient encounters, immersive clinical simulation, off-site in situ simulation, and American Heart Association (AHA) training courses. She has worked at the LAC since 2008 as a healthcare professional and AHA instructor. Barb has been a nurse for 29 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Nursing and the College of Arts and Letters. She has clinical experience in critical care, community nursing, practice management, and camp nursing.



Garnaat, Sarah, BSN
Standardized Patient Program Coordinator
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GarnaatSarah2016Mrs. Garnaat serves as a Standardized Patient Program Coordinator for the Learning and Assessment Center (LAC). She is responsible for recruitment, hiring, orientation, scheduling, ongoing development training, and quality assurance for the LAC standardized patient program. She has worked for the center since 2013 as a healthcare professional and American Heart Association (AHA) instructor. Mrs. Garnaat received her Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Kellogg Community College. Previously she worked as a Medical Assistant Instructor and has extensive experience in primary care. She has 3 years of acute care experience including Medical-Surgical and Perioperative nursing where she worked as a Perioperative Services Team Leader.  



Fenska, Mykayla
Office Assistant
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FenskaMykayla2017 2Ms. Fenska serves as the Office Assistant at the MSU Learning and Assessment Center (LAC). She is currently responsible for operational support, handling inquiries regarding the American Heart Association programs, payroll, and other accounting tasks. She began working in the center in April 2017 and brings with her extensive knowledge in event coordinating and previous accounting experience. Ms. Fenska has earned her Associate’s degree in General Education and is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at the University of Michigan.



Graysmith, Carol
IT Professional
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mini-1Ms. Graysmith serves as an IT Professional in the Learning and Assessment Center. Carol’s primary responsibility in the center relates to support and coordination of IT needs and educational technologies for events at the center. Carol has worked in IT support within various departments at Michigan State University for 20 years and has experience with multiple software, hardware and network applications.






Piirainen, Joseph
IT Professional
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PiirainenJoseph2017 2Mr. Piirainen serves as an IT Professional in the Learning and Assessment Center. Joe's primary responsibility in the center relates to support and coordination of IT needs and educational technologies for events at the center. Joe has worked in IT for over 20 years and has experience with scores of professional audio/visual solutions.  He also has extensive experience in A/V design, integration, maintenance, and IT support.