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For the team in the Simulation Program, this is more than a job, it is a calling, and a very busy one at that. Each year, the team provides over 20,000 hours of training to the doctors, nurses, transport team, other health providers and patient familes across the Cook Children's Health Care System. But they don't stop there, they also provide services to other health professionals outside Cook Children's, and participate in several conferences through presentations and even onsite demonstrations. They are tireless, committed, and driven by their dedication to Cook Children's Promise.

Becky Southworth, Director of Simulation

Becky became the founding Director of Simulation for Cook Children's Health care System in 2009 and has created a team focused on supporting system initiatives using innovative technologies that positively impact our interdisciplinary training encompassing cognitive, psychomotor, communication and critical thinking skills. Becky is an experienced director with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital and health care industry. Becky obtained her Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) from Southern Nazarene University. Skilled in pediatric intensive care nursing with over 25 years clinical experience, management and leadership. Becky is a strong professional with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with an international focus from Baylor University – Hankamer School of Business.

Carol Young, Basic and Advanced Life Support Educator

Carol is a registered nurse with a BSN from Baylor University and a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from University of Texas Arlington. Carol has primary responsibility over American Heart Association Certification programs and training. She has been a BLS instructor since 1991. She became a PALS instructor in 2015. She was an ACLS instructor for 20 years while working in all aspects of perioperative services in an adult setting.

Linda Jacobs, Experiential Learning Specialist

Linda is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) with over 30 years experience in respiratory care, clinical education, project management, and adult education. Linda completed a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry while working as a respiratory therapist and serving in the U.S. Army Reserve. She expanded her role from respiratory therapist to manager, then to educator where she has contributed to quality improvement, professional education and clinical documentation systems. Linda completed a Master of Public Health in 2012 and then joined Simulation Program as an Experiential Learning Specialist developing and facilitating clinically realistic, highly complex scenarios using high- and low-fidelity simulation equipment to improve clinical care and patient outcomes.

Billie Paschal, Simulation Program Coordinator

Billie is an experienced simulation specialist with expertise in the areas of simulation technology, operations, training and curriculum integration. After seven years in health care academia she has joined Cook Children's Simulation team as the Simulation Program Coordinator. Billie is a graduate from the University of North Texas; she received her Certified Health care Simulation Operations Specialist (CHSOS) in 2017. Billie has been active in the Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists (SimGHOSTS) since 2013. She is currently the Mentorship Program Coordinator on an international level. Regionally, she is an active member of the Simulation Professionals of Texas (SPOT) and Co-Chair of the 2019 Summer Conference Event.

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Finding her calling

The story of how Becky Southworth's love of teaching led her to help start the Simulation Lab Program at Cook Children's was featured in the Spring 2014 edition of Promise Magazine.

Read her story

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For more information about our Simulation Lab Program, please email us at SimulationLab@cookchildrens.org