Synensys® collaborates with the QSEN Institute for Patient Safety

Leaders in nursing education and simulation from the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Institute joined together with Synensys® to produce a Patient Safety and Improvement module focused on SBAR communication using StoryCare®. “Over 70% of medical errors are the result of ineffective communication, said Synensys CEO Stephen Powell, using SBAR reduces errors and improves patient safety.” SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation) is a technique that can be used to facilitate prompt and appropriate communication. This communication model has gained popularity in healthcare settings, especially amongst professions such as physicians and nurses. It is a way for health care professionals to communicate effectively with one another and allows for important information to be transferred accurately. The format of SBAR allows for short, organized, and predictable flow of information between professionals. StoryCare® is an online simulation library for nurses and other health professions that provides easy-to-access simulation exercises for faculty to [...]

By |2021-03-23T15:23:39-04:00March 23rd, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

Getting Started with StoryCare Webinar

This StoryCare webinar is designed for faculty and other clinical educators who are new StoryCare users or faculty who want to enhance their StoryCare learning events in a virtual learning environment. StoryCare faculty leader Dr. Gwen Sherwood and StoryCare co-founder Steve Powell will facilitate the 30-minute session. Watch the recorded session below.

By |2020-08-17T11:27:46-04:00August 17th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Webinar: Making QSEN Learning Easier during COVID-19 by Using the Power of Story

More than ten years ago, principals of Synensys and IDEAS had a brilliant idea to simply and powerfully transform the way busy healthcare professionals could deliver a safe, efficient, and outstanding patient-centered experience within their facilities.  For more than 10,000 years, Man has been telling stories to help make sense of our universe.  Stories help to educate and entertain, and its been proven that stories help to imbed learnings more deeply.  Through extensive consultation, production and real-world testing, more than 150 “real-world” story-based situational health care learning simulations were developed, along with an “anywhere, anytime”  simple delivery platform – and StoryCare was born! Healthcare service providers have enjoyed StoryCare  and successfully applied learnings into their daily, real-world patient, and Team interactions, with extraordinary results.  The StoryCare learning process has now been tuned to support QSEN competencies with engaging “real-world” learning simulations. Every Nursing program across the nation has felt the [...]

By |2020-07-27T07:30:55-04:00July 27th, 2020|Blog, Healthcare Professionals|0 Comments

Stories as Maps for Exploring New Territories in the Universe of Patient Safety and Satisfaction

In his seminal book Sense Making in Organizations, Karl Weick tells a fascinating story about a lieutenant in World War I who sends out a patrol into the French Alps to scout out the positions of the German troops. The small patrol took no provisions, because this was intended to be just a short search and they planned on returning to camp by nightfall. But about two hours into their trek it began to snow—so hard that it was soon a white out and the soldiers could barely see their hands in front of their faces. They were in trouble. Their leader led them to a small overhang in the side of a mountain where they settled in, hoping that the snowfall would break by late afternoon. But it continued to snow through the day, into the night, and for the remainder of the next day. It was one of those blizzards [...]

By |2020-06-13T07:57:53-04:00June 13th, 2020|Blog, Healthcare Professionals|0 Comments

Learning From Our Mistakes: A Key Component of Improving

Over the last few months, I have had the opportunity to see our healthcare system up close and personal as my dad, soon to be 97 years old, traversed through it with the first major health crises in his life. It started a couple years ago when he decided to rearrange the boxes in his condo’s storage bin. I came by one weekend and he wanted me to take some things, so I had to lift some extremely heavy boxes off a top shelf. When I inquired how they got up there he informed me he put them there. Interestingly, just a few weeks previously he had been complaining of abdominal pain and had been diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. When I asked at that time how in the world he had gotten a hernia he pleaded ignorance. But as I stood there in his storage area I put it all [...]

By |2020-06-13T07:52:18-04:00June 13th, 2020|Blog, Healthcare Professionals|0 Comments

If you think your satisfaction and safety scores are decent, think again! Part 2 of my Dad’s Healthcare Journey

Continuing with my dad’s saga in the healthcare system… After 9 days in the hospital precipitated by pain and discomfort extending from his chest to his abdomen (which led to a visit to the ED, hospitalization and a score of tests which all came up negative), they discovered during his stay that his atrial fib was not being properly regulated by the drug he was on. The pacemaker they installed just a few weeks previously was doing its job to keep his heart beat around 70, but he was getting abnormal spikes in rate sometimes up to 130 just walking down the hall. Increased dosages of the drug didn’t work, nor did increased frequency. So he sat and waited for the past few days for his clinicians to come up with a solution. Even though he’s soon turning 97, his mind is still as sharp as a tack, as are his [...]

By |2020-06-13T07:47:15-04:00June 13th, 2020|Blog, Healthcare Professionals|0 Comments

Does leaving the work environment to learn really work?

Athletes develop muscle memory on the field, musicians rehearse seated as they would in the orchestra pit, and soldiers train in battlefield conditions. Is being a healthcare professional somehow different in needing the ability to meld ability with application and awareness? For many healthcare professionals, though, learning new information, skills, and procedures often involves leaving the workplace environment in order to attend classes or access online instruction elsewhere onsite. While both facilitator-led instruction and online learning are proven and accepted forms of training (when designed and delivered properly), training away from the action of the clinical setting is usually at the expense of the learner’s enjoyment, their engagement in the instruction, and their ability to sustain the training and successfully apply it later. How many of us have been in a learning lab in front of a computer mindlessly clicking through bullet-point text screens trying to reach the end of the [...]

By |2020-06-13T07:44:55-04:00June 13th, 2020|Blog, Healthcare Professionals|0 Comments

Why Storytelling is at the Heart of Innovation

Kevin Kelley describes in What Technology Wants how we possessed the same brain power that we have today at least 100,000 years ago, but it was not until 50,000 years ago that we went from being a primitive species using only rudimentary tools to true innovators. This explosion of innovation occurred almost overnight, concurrent with the arrival of language. Homo sapiens went from using sharp rocks at best, to the development of finely hewn knives, carved figurines, and hearths. Some might say that the use of tools led to the development of our language skills, but it’s more likely that the development of language – and more specifically, storytelling skills – was at the heart of the avalanche of inventions and discoveries that still continues 50,000 years later. Why was storytelling so pivotal in assisting humans to consistently discover new solutions to life’s challenges? Kelly suggests that storytelling assisted our predecessors [...]

By |2020-06-13T07:46:06-04:00May 23rd, 2020|Blog, Healthcare Professionals|0 Comments

If Our Healthcare System is to Transform Itself in the Coming Years, It’s Time to Redefine the Role of Team Leaders and Managers

There’s a familiar saying that gets bantered about these days when things don’t change – Question: What’s the definition of insanity? Answer: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Hospitals, like so many of us, suffer from this form of myopia. Little has changed in the past hundred years when it comes to role definitions. Managers continue to manage with other priorities being top of mind instead of how their actions contribute or detract from the safety and satisfaction of patients. It’s no wonder—there are so many things to keep track of. Staffing requirements, compliance with a whole host of ever changing regulations, pressures on nurses and other caregivers to handle the care of more and more patients, not to speak of the intermittent crises that emerge almost daily when the care continuum breaks down. In many healthcare facilities, the ship is sinking under the weight [...]

By |2020-06-13T07:58:50-04:00March 13th, 2020|Blog, Healthcare Professionals|0 Comments

What is the Most Important Story in Healthcare?

From one perspective, a hospital can be viewed as a beehive of intersecting and shared stories. First, a patient arrives at the front door with a history, both personal and health wise, and the trajectory of their personal narrative can be fundamentally altered by the outcome of what occurs during their health crisis. It can be just a blip on the calendar: an interesting tale to be told about getting stitches for a cut or a false alert about chest pains. And the individual picks up where they left off, now with an entertaining story to be told at a dinner party. Or, the health event can be so serious that it irrevocably alters the path of their lives. A good friend of mine who is a triathlete collapsed one evening two years ago with a hemorrhagic stroke. He barely survived and for the next two years took on his rehabilitation [...]

By |2020-06-13T07:56:39-04:00February 2nd, 2020|Blog, Healthcare Professionals|0 Comments


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