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Recent Press Coverage of Friday Night at the ER
  • Organization Development Review
    April 2019
    Developing Essential Leadership Skills through Simulation
    Founder Bette Gardner details how simulation is no longer limited to technical skills, and can advance essential leadership skills such as critical thinking, prioritization and effective communication.
  • Mark Graban's Lean Blog
    December 2018
    Friday Night at the ER: Fun Learning Through a Tabletop Simulation
    Lean leadership expert, Mark Graban, describes his experience playing Friday Night at the ER and its compatibility with Lean concepts.
  • Journal of Nursing Education
    November 2018
    Enhancing Systems Thinking for Undergraduate Nursing Students Using Friday Night at the ER
    Researchers offer a thorough explanation of how systems thinking is foundational to QSEN competencies, how Friday Night at the ER teaches it and how the game produced measurable improvements in systems thinking skills using the Systems Thinking Scale.
  • Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing
    January 2018
    Using a Role-Play Simulation Game to Promote Systems Thinking
    Educator Judith Young details her experience with Friday Night at the ER in this peer-reviewed piece.
  • Medical Training Magazine
    Nov-Dec 2017
    Health Care Change Agents: Bette Gardner, CEO and Founder, Breakthrough Learning
    CEO Bette Gardner explains how systems thinking can solve complex problems in healthcare – and any industry.
  • Portland Business Journal
    November 3, 2017
    'Friday Night at the ER' teaches teamwork
    CEO Bette Gardner and COO Jeff Heil talk about the universality of our team-learning game.
  • Training Magazine
    Sept-Oct 2017
    Rx for Rural Health Care: Friday Night at the ER
    Nurse educators from UNC Chapel Hill are using our game to improve communication and collaboration in rural hospitals.
Company News & Updates
  • Newsletters
    We share interesting news and upcoming events related to Friday Night at the ER 3 or 4 times per year. Browse through past newsletters below and sign up to receive them.
  • Product Update 2017
    We took our customers' best ideas and updated our game kits in late 2017. Read about how we are optimizing the user experience with the newest version.
  • Healthcare Simulation Week 2017
    Read the profiles of five healthcare customers using our game in unique and powerful ways.