Christine Bucago

RN, MN, CPMHN(C); Advanced Practice Clinical Leader (Nurse), Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Poster Title: Using Virtual Simulation Training in Suicide Risk Assessment

Poster Description: Virtual simulation training has been shown to improve nurses’ knowledge, practice behaviors, and confidence, with comparable outcomes to traditional training modalities. In addition, virtual simulation supports the development of non-technical skills like communication, team work, and decision-making. Such skills are important when assessing suicide risk. In this session, we will discuss our experience pivoting from an in-person interprofessional suicide risk assessment simulation-based education to virtual delivery.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the effect of a virtual simulation training on nurses’ confidence to conduct an SRA and create a care plan
  • Report nurses’ experience with virtual simulation-based education
  • Discuss facilitators and barriers to virtual simulation-based education


Biography: Christine Bucago is an Advanced Practice Clinical Leader at the Centre for Addiction in Mental Health. She has been a registered nurse since 2010 and has experience in a diverse range of mental health settings including general and acute psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and emergency psychiatry. Christine has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ryerson University and a Master of Nursing degree from the University of Toronto and holds an Adjunct Lecturer position in the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. Since 2016, she has been an Advanced Practice Clinical Leader in the Acute Care Program at CAMH, supporting professional practice in the Gerald Sheff and Shanitha Kachan Emergency Department.


Sarah Branton, RN, BScN, MScN; Manager of Simulation, Centre for Education, North York General Hospital

Biography: Sarah has a Master’s of Science in Nursing from York University (2011) and post-graduate certificates in Mental Health Nursing and Critical Care and Emergency Nursing. Sarah is a member of Simulation Canada and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. She has certifications in virtual simulation and Beyond Basic Debriefing from the Simulation Innovation Resource Centre. Sarah is currently working in the role as the Manager of Simulation at North York General Hospital, with a focus of centralizing and standardizing simulation-based education for the organization. In her past role, Sarah provided oversite to hospital-wide professional practice and interprofessional practice education initiatives at CAMH. Prior to this experience, Sarah was a Clinical Practice Leader in the Professional Practice department at Humber River Hospital, where she developed and organized the hospital simulation lab and trained leaders on how to use simulation for education and training.

Christine Bucago and Sarah Branton Poster

Christine Bucago and Sarah Branton Poster Description