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Melody Bethards Named Excellence in Simulation Award Winner

ALBANY, NY—iSimulate announced Sept. 3 that Melody Bethards, MSN, EdD(c), RN, CNE, CHSE, simulation coordinator at Des Moines Area Community College, Des Moines, Iowa, has been named the winner of the 2019 iSimulate Excellence in Simulation Award.

The Excellence in Simulation Award honors an EMS educator who consistently demonstrates commitment to providing high-quality, hyper-realistic and professional simulations for EMS practitioners to learn and live by.

Bethards has been a faculty member at DMACC for 15 years, currently leading courses on the difficult airway, principles of pathophysiology, medical emergencies and trauma. She served as a lead educator in developing the Des Moines Interprofessional Education Collaborative (DMIPEC), a collaboration of central Iowa universities and colleges representing nursing, health sciences, pharmacy, and medical residences aiming to gain insight into healthcare disciplines and improve patient outcomes.

Bethards serves as chair of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare Nursing Section, assisting in policy development and collaborative dialogue to enhance best practice in simulation education. Her recognition as a content expert provides her opportunities to speak at state and national simulation conferences, review educational material, and provide simulation education consultation.

Bethards has been recognized as the Iowa Career and Technical Association’s Post-Secondary Educator of the Year and received a Non-Research Article of the Year award from the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation for Learning.

“Melody exudes the principles of a highly effective, engaging faculty and collegiate scholar, advancing simulation education to our EMS community,” said Kendra Ericson, MSN, RN, PhD(c), director of nursing education at Des Moines Area Community College, in her nomination statement. “Her contributions to simulation make her the ideal candidate for the Excellence in Simulation Award.”

“I am both humbled and overwhelmed to be nominated by representatives from both practice and academia,” Bethards stated.

Winners of the iSimulate Excellence in Simulation award receive a full core program conference registration and a $1,000 stipend toward travel, hotel and meals at EMS World Expo 2019, scheduled for Oct. 14–18, 2019, in New Orleans, LA. For more information visit

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