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FedEx flight simulation aids healthcare simulation research

Union University nursing professors Brian Foster (left) and Brad Harrell in the flight simulation at FedEx.
Union University nursing professors Brian Foster (left) and Brad Harrell in the flight simulation at FedEx.

It's not every day that an anesthesiologist and a nurse practitioner fly an aircraft, but Union University nursing professors Brian Foster and Brad Harrell found themselves doing just that recently.

But the men were flying a simulator at the FedEx Corp. Air Operations Training Center in Memphis and not a real aircraft. The FedEx center has multi-million-dollar simulators that carefully emulate true flight, so the professors felt as if they were truly in the air, Foster said.

It wasn't simply a joy ride. The men visited the training center to learn simulator best practices. Foster, assistant professor of nursing, is working on his Doctor of Nursing Practice from Union, seeking to advance the effective use of healthcare simulators.

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