Poster Session

Teaching Health Assessment and Documentation by Utilizing a Simulated Healthcare Charting System

This presentation will demonstrate the value of a simulated electronic medical record as a teaching strategy in an associate degree nursing program.  The simulated electronic medical record will be demonstrated and teaching strategies for utilization of the program will be discussed.  Student feedback and outcomes will also be shared.  Implementation of an electronic medical record in nursing education allows students to develop documentation skills in a safe environment, strengthen their competence in patient assessment, and prepares them for the current work environment.  It also allows faculty the ability to provide weekly feedback and remediation.


Robin Smith
Brookdale Community College

Linda Hoffman
Brookdale Community College

Michele Halat
Brookdale Community College

Robin Smith, MSN, RN, Professor of Nursing, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ
I am a Registered Nurse who received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Arizona and my Master of Science in Nursing, with an emphasis in Community Health, from the University of Colorado.  I have worked in acute care, outpatient care, and homecare settings, as well as working in several management positions.  My clinical specialty areas are oncology, hospice and homecare.  I have taught in the healthcare field for over 20 years and have been a full time nursing faculty at Brookdale Community College for over 10 years.  Since working at Brookdale, I have taught several online and hybrid courses and have completed a variety of professional development programs on utilizing technology to promote student success.  I also successfully completed the four part National League of Nursing Online Teaching and Learning certification program through Indiana University.

Linda Hoffman, MSN, RN, CNE, Professor of Nursing, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ.
I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the College of Staten Island, NY and my Masters of Science in Nursing from Hunter College, NY. I have many years of experience in the acute setting, primarily med/surg, as a staff nurse, nursing care coordinator, and clinical educator. Since 1994, I have been a full time faculty member in the nursing department at Brookdale Community College. Being passionate about creating innovative learning environments that fosters achievement of safe nursing practice and student success, I have had the opportunity to teach nursing students at all levels at Brookdale. I have presented at and attended nursing conferences on “Narrative Pedagogy” and “Information Technology”, internationally and nationally. Currently, I am a site visitor and participate on the evaluation review panel for the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), having served in that role since 2006.

Michele Halat, MSN, RN, CPAN, Instructor, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ
I have thirty years of experience in bedside Nursing with expertise in Med-Surg, Perioperative and Critical Care Nursing. I began my Nursing education in an Associate Degree Program at Ocean County College, Toms River, New Jersey. I completed both by Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Nursing at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey. My Master’s Degree has an emphasis in Nursing Education and included courses in Health Informatics, an area I am passionate about. Three years ago I joined Brookdale Community College as a full time faculty member. During my first year I was instrumental in the adoption and implementation of the Electronic Health Record software program currently being used. I enjoy creating innovate active learning strategies for difficult course content.   I am passionate about Formative and Summative Assessment and spent over ten years as an Item Writer and Exam Writer for a national certification agency for perioperative Nursing.  I hold multiple specialty certifications and have been involved in Nursing Education in both the clinical and academic settings for many years.