Published on September 15, 2011

Baptist Memphis Nurse to Participate in Simulation Fellowship

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Laura Tacker, a cardiovascular nurse at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, has been selected to serve as a 2011-2012 Simulation Fellow by the Tennessee Simulation Alliance.

"We are thrilled Laura was selected to serve at the state level," said Judy Bedard, director of clinical development at Baptist Memphis. "Baptist Memphis is committed to providing nurse education through simulation."

Tacker is one of 12 nurses state wide selected to participate in the fellowship.

The Baptist Memphis Simulation Center of Excellence opened in 2010 to educate nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists and other medical professionals. The center includes a birthing room, emergency room, critical care, postpartum and medical/surgical, pediatric and neonatal care, plus a classroom. The simulators can talk, breathe, sweat, bleed, cry and show signs of reacting to medicines, allowing health care professionals to learn new skills without affecting patient care. The center is the first of its kind in the area.

The Tennessee Simulation Alliance began as a means to provide Tennessee nurse educators a central location for communication, collaboration and sharing. The funding for this project began as a national initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Northwest Health Foundation designed to establish a stable, adequate nursing workforce. TNSA brings the world of simulation to the nurse educators of Tennessee with links to current resources, scenarios, websites, conferences, and an in-depth look at what is practiced in nursing education with simulation.

The Baptist Memphis campus includes the 706-bed hospital that is the flagship of the Baptist Memorial Health Care system. It serves as a major referral center for patients from across the Mid-South and offers many diagnostic, surgical and rehabilitation services. The hospital has added hundreds of beds in the past few years, with the opening of a new patient tower and the Baptist Heart Institute. Consumers have rated Baptist Memphis their most preferred hospital for overall health care services in an independent National Research Corp. poll for the past 15 years in a row, and according to HealthGrades® in 2011, Baptist Memphis ranks in the top 5 percent nationally for emergency medicine and cardiac surgery and in the top 10 percent in the nation for overall cardiac services, stroke treatment, pulmonary services, prostatectomy, GI medical treatment and critical care. For more information on Baptist Memphis, please call 901-226-5000 or visit


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