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Fortis National Director Of Nursing Operations & Regional Dean Of Nursing Dr. Jay Ober Honored As METI Educator: Innovator

DR. OBER, FORTIS RECOGNIZED FOR EXCEPTIONAL NURSING SIMULATION MATRIX LINKING FORTIS COLLEGES & INSTITUTES, DENVER SCHOOL OF NURSING AND ST. PAUL'S SCHOOL OF NURSING CAMPUSES. Tuesday, November 22, 2011 3:51 PM

METI (Medical Education Technologies, Inc.) has honored Dr. Jay Ober, Fortis National Director of Nursing Operations & Regional Dean of Nursing, as one of this year’s top METI Educator: Innovators. Dr. Ober serves in this capacity for all Fortis Colleges and Institutes in addition to the Denver School of Nursing and St. Paul’s School of Nursing in New York City.

METI is committed to the development of learning tools that impact the education of the nation’s future doctors, nurses, first responders and military medics. Each year the company recognizes five individuals from around the world who have demonstrated leadership in employing innovative ways to teach through simulation. 

“This is a very prestigious international honor. To receive it less than one year after launching our new nursing simulation initiatives is exceptionally gratifying,” Dr. Ober said. 

Dr. Ober was appointed director of nursing for Fortis Colleges and Institutes in November 2009 and shortly afterward began making plans to install nursing simulation labs at multiple campuses. He also mapped out a matrix simulation model for linking the labs from each campus to enhance their capacity to teach students and provide critical hands-on learning experiences. 

“I am a firm believer in the value of nursing simulation as an integral component of the classroom environment because it produces amazingly ‘real life’ situations in which students learn by doing,” Dr. Ober added. “And, from my experience, simulation also significantly reduces the number of medical errors students make during their practical application exercises.” 

According to Dr. Ober, the Fortis nursing simulation matrix conducted 10,500 student appraisals, implemented 1,500 simulation case studies, and received a 3.6 score out of a possible 4.0 in student evaluations during 2010, when the system encompassed 17 campuses. 

“That is unheard of quality for one center, much less across 17 reporting centers,” said Robert L. Anders, Dr. PH, CS, CNAA, FAAN, vice president of nursing for Fortis. “This is wonderful news and a clear demonstration of Dr. Ober’s excellence and commitment to simulation as an exceptional teaching tool.” 

In 2011, Fortis plans to expand its network of linked nursing simulation labs to a total of 28 campuses. 

Dr. Ober and Fortis will be spotlighted on a special METI Educator: Innovators poster that will be on display in Tampa. Fla., Feb. 22-24 during the annual Human Patient Simulation Network (HPSN) Conference attended by educators and healthcare advocates from around the world.