Lorrie Wong PhD, RN, CHSE-A Associate Professor Director of UH THSSC
Lorrie Wong has taught at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene (UHSONDH) since 1989. She received her PhD from the UHSONDH, her master’s degree in nursing from Columbia University, a bachelor’s degree in nursing and post-master’s certificate in adult advanced practice nursing from the UHSONDH. She is an adult advanced practice nurse with experience in critical care, intensive care and trauma. She has been honored numerous times with the Nurse Educator Award, a recognition provided by the graduating class of nursing students, and received the University of Hawaiʻi Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching in 2004. In 2010 she was selected to participate in the National League for Nursing Simulation Educator Program. Her research interests include integrating new technology into health care education for students as well as clients with chronic diseases. She has been invited to present at local, national and international conferences on the topic of simulation learning methodology and curriculum integration.
In 2006, Dr. Wong was appointed as the Director for Simulation Learning, responsible for overseeing the development of the University of Hawaiʻi School of Nursing’s simulation program. She worked with the University of Hawaiʻi Translational Health Science Simulation Center development team to oversee the expansion of the school’s simulation capabilities through the development of the new state-of-the art Translational Health Science Simulation Center and the organization of a statewide Simulation Collaborative.
On December 18, 2012, Dr. Lorrie Wong earned her Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE)* credential, becoming the first person in Hawaiʻi to hold this internationally recognized professional designation.
At the February 2014 International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) in San Francisco, Dr. Wong was one of just 16 simulation educators world-wide to be awarded the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator-Advanced (CHSE-A)** certification.
Today Dr. Wong continues her efforts to help advance the field of healthcare simulation, and promote excellence in nursing education for students and professionals alike, at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and beyond.
* The Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare [www.ssih.org] is the internationally recognized professional certification for individuals involved with simulation-based learning. The certification indicates that the individual has expertise in the area of healthcare simulation education for undergraduates, graduates, allied health, and healthcare practitioners.
** The Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator-Advanced (CHSE-A) Certification recognizes the leaders and mentors who have demonstrated the highest levels of expertise in the field of healthcare simulation.
Melodee J Deutsch RN, MS, MPH, CPHQ Associate Director for Quality and Patient Safety
Melodee Deutsch has a BSN from Temple University in Philadelphia, an MSN (maternal-child nursing) from the University of Hawaii and an MPH (maternal-child health) from the University of Hawaii. She was previously certified by the American Nurses Association in perinatal nursing, and is currently certified by the National Association for Healthcare Quality as a healthcare quality professional. Melodee has more than 40 years of experience in nursing, and has been a staff nurse, office nurse, community health nurse, NICU nurse manager, perinatal clinical nurse specialist, maternal-child nursing director and faculty at UHSONDH. She recently retired from Kaiser Medical Center after 25 years of service - the last 7 years as the Director of Quality, Accreditation, Licensing and Patient Safety. Melodee has received numerous awards and honors: a Nurse Traineeship from the University of Hawaii; a Public Health Traineeship from the University of Hawaii; Manager of the Year from Kaiser Medical Center; Maternal-Child Nurse of the Year from the Hawaii Nurses’ Association; Nurse of the Year from the Hawaii Section of the Nurses’ Association of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology; the Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching from the Hawaii Edu-Center for Nurses; the Significant Contributions to Nursing Award from the Hawaii Section of the American Organization of Nurse Executives; and most recently, recognized as one of "The Fabulous 50" nurses by the University of Hawaii School of Nursing in celebration of the 50thanniversary of the school. She is listed in the World Who's Who in American Nursing and the World Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare. Melodee was hired to integrate quality and patient safety concepts into undergraduate and graduate simulation activities; to develop and implement a quality program for the Simulation Center; to represent the UH SONDH on the Healthcare Association of Hawaii's Quality and Patient Safety Committee; to support national accreditation for the Simulation Center; to participate as a member of the Hawaii Nursing Simulation Collaborative; to participate as a member of the inter-professional learning partnership with JABSOM; and to serve as consultant/co-teaching faculty to integrate quality and patient safety content into the curriculum of the nursing administration graduate program.
Dana Ing, MSN, NNP-BC, APRN, APRN-RX Associate Director for Pediatrics and Women’s Health
Dana K. Ing, MSN, NNP-BC, is Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children’s and Instructor at the University of Hawaii, School of Nursing. Her passion is caring for newborns and their families which she has done for the almost 20 years. Dana is board certified as a NNP through the National Certification Corporation. In addition to her NNP role, Dana is also a Regional Neonatal Resuscitation Program Trainer, STABLE Program Lead Instructor, American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Instructor, Car Passenger Safety Technician and Certified Educator of Infant Massage. Some of her honors include being recognized as the 1996 Hawaii Nurses Association Maternal- Child Nurse of the Year, Member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Scholar, and the recipient of nursing scholarships from Kaiser Permanente and Kuakini Medical Center. Dana has co-chaired national conferences and has served on committees for conferences in Hawaii. In addition to committee involvement, Dana has been the speaker at both local and national conferences. Her interests include developmental care in the NICU which include her passion for Kangaroo Care (skin- to-skin holding), the late preterm infant and helping parents cope with the NICU experience. Dana’s interest in helping parents with the NICU comes from her own personal experience of having a high-risk pregnancy and twins who spent time in the NICU. Dana was hired as an Associate Director to integrate pediatric and women’s health concepts into undergraduate and graduate simulation activities and to participate as a member of the Hawaii Nursing Simulation Collaborative.
Lauren Thai Simulation Coordinator
Lauren Thai comes to the THSSC with a strong background in education. She graduated from the University of Hawaii with Baccalaureate degrees in Psychology, Spanish and Second Language Studies. She worked briefly with the DOE and taught 3 years abroad in Japan. Upon returning to Hawaii, she continued working with a non-profit educational institution in Honolulu doing teacher training, professional development, and language and cultural exchange before joining the UH THSSC as a Simulation Technician to help with the operational, support, and maintenance of the Center's manikins and equipment.
Susan Todoki RN, Simulation Coordinator
Susan Todoki received her BS in Nursing from the UH SONDH. After graduating, she worked at Queen’s Medical Center as a medical-surgical nurse in the telemetry unit caring for patients after cardiac surgery. Her work experience also includes outpatient nursing and public health nursing. She joins the staff of the THSSC as a simulation technician to help support the education of Hawaii’s future nurses.
Kathy Ota, Simulation Technician
Kathy Ota received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in photography and video/filmmaking from UH Manoa and from Art Center College of Design. After receiving a Certificate of Completion from Kapiolani Community College for Medical Assisting, she became a Certified Medical Assistant, AAMA. Kathy has been a Lecturer in Photography and an Instructor of Medical Support. She joins the staff at THSSC as a Simulation Technician bringing together her background in the visual arts, technology, and the medical field to support the students at SONDH with their simulated scenarios.
Brian Sumida, Simulation Technician
Brian Sumida graduated from the University of Hawaii at West Oahu with a Baccalaureate degree in Public Administration, specializing in Justice Administration, along with a Certificate in Health Care Administration. As an undergraduate, Brian worked as a lab aide for multiple human anatomy & physiology labs, assisting in the education of students seeking degrees in the health care fields. Most recently, Brian worked as a social services designee in a skilled nursing facility, and in intake for a hospice service. Brian Sumida joined the Translational Health Science Simulation Center in April of 2014, and enjoys working with the students and faculty of the University of Hawaii nursing program, along with the guests and visitors to the THSSC.
Alex Munro, Graduate Assistant
Alex graduated from Roanoke College in 2010 and arrived one year later in Honolulu to start working towards his Master of Fine Arts degree. He is incredibly honored to be a part of HealthCAST, a new and exciting collaboration between the Departments of Theatre and Nursing that seeks to enhance the simulation experience offered at THSSC by using actors to portray patients for scenarios that have strong psychosocial and emotional components. Alex recruits and casts the actors and works alongside subject matter experts and the simulation staff to help coach the actors in delivering an authentic and visceral performance.