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Dr. Debby Hall and Kerrie Young

Amarillo College

Catherine Mohammed, PhD, MPhil, MN, RN and Dee McGonigle PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF discuss their use of the Curbside Community content pack, sponsored by Adtalem Global Education, and how simulations can be developed that immerse students in the context of various social determinants of health, including factors that extend beyond the walls of medical facilities.

Bio: Deborah Hall, PhD, RN, CMSRN, CNE

Dr. Hall graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler with her Doctor of Philosophy in 2019.  She received her BMSN from West Texas A&M University in 2008, and her Associate Degree in Nursing from Amarillo College in 1989.

She is certified as a nurse educator (CNE), Current Certified Medical Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN), and an Online Instructor Certification through ENMU.  She is licensed as an Unencumbered Registered Nurse by the Texas State Board of Nurse Examiners.

She holds several honors and awards, including Panhandle Great 25 Nurses Academic Scholarship, the Amarillo College Associate Degree Nursing Faculty Caring Heart Award, the Amarillo College Faculty Excellence Award – Backwards Design, and the Amarillo College Faculty Excellence Award – Professional Development.

Her research experience involves the use of therapy dogs on nursing student stress, and studying the effects of technology on nursing students’ success during their final school semester and transition to professional nursing practice.  She has authored several peer-reviewed journal publications in Nurse Educator, Nursing and Nursing: Journal of Clinical Excellence, and has been featured in several podcasts and presentations.

She has been teaching at Amarillo College Associate Degree Nursing Program since 2008, where she is a Tenured Professor and Instructor of Record.

She plans to conduct several future research projects involving the use of VR technology in clinical simulation, personal health trackers to improve mental health and well being, and theoretical development of animal assisted interventions and the human animal bond.

Bio: Kerrie Young, MSN, RN, CHSE

Kerrie is the coordinator of the Simulation Center and the Nursing Resource Center at Amarillo College.

She graduated from Amarillo College Nursing in Dec 2001, and has been a nurse for over 20 years in the ICU and ER at BSA Hospital in Amarillo.  She holds several certifications including CCRN, CCRN-K and now hold the CHSE (2021) which is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator.

Kerrie received her BSN and MSN from West Texas A&M University in Canyon Tx in 2008 and began working at Amarillo College as a full-time nurse educator that year where she started working with simulation.

Kerrie has since created and facilitated simulation experiences for more than 15 years, and has taught in all of the Amarillo College Nursing program levels, including medical-surgical classroom and clinical, intensive care class room and clinical, Fundamentals classroom and Skills lab.

Kerrie was the first recipient of the Panhandle Great 25 Valerie Kiper Leadership Award and Scholarship.  She has also authored several articles, presented at several national conferences including the IMSH Conference with the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. She has also facilitated several grants including 2 for the Amarillo College Foundation that enabled development of new simulation programs at Amarillo College with nursing, provide simulation professional development opportunities for nursing faculty, and offered a workshop to the Regional Panhandle partners in clinical education.

She is currently working with and wrapping up a large grant from the State of Texas that helped Amarillo College develop, facilitate, and evaluate the first full VR training system in the Panhandle for our nursing students and plans to finish her dissertation (Ed.D in Nursing Education) through Northcentral University in San Diego, CA in 2023.

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