Debbie McCrea, EdD, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CNS, CEN, CFRN, EMT-P
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing

Debbie McCrea is an instructor of clinical nursing at Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in emergency nursing. She also completed two postmasters’ certificates in both the Emergency Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner Role. She has been involved in the prehospital/EMS specialty as a prehospital Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Houston Fire Department and taught EMS for 15 years. She recently completed an EdD in Professional Leadership in Health Science Education from University of Houston where her interest includes educational simulation especially in the area of Mass Casualty Training.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:
Background: As healthcare becomes more technologically complex, clinicians are using electronic health records (EHR) to optimize communication among interprofessional teams, in addition to a repository for patient data. Despite near ubiquitous use of EHRs in clinical settings, few clinical students utilize this technology during their training. In this study, we integrated students from administrative and non-clinical disciplines into traditional clinical simulations, with complex patient safety errors embedded in EHR technology and measured the effect on communication and teamwork. Methods…