Michael Kost is the Director of Network Simulation for Einstein Healthcare Network and Director of the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery/La Salle University School of Nursing.
Dr. Kost developed a nationally recognized core curriculum and a competency-based credentialing program for non-anesthesia nurses administering conscious/moderate sedation. These resources transformed non-anesthesia sedation nursing care nationally and internationally. His scholarly efforts provide clinicians with a sustainable evidence-based model of sedation care as a framework for practice. These initiatives allow nurses to practice at their highest level, enhance patient care, catalyze systematic improvement processes, and reduce serious adverse events. His educational initiatives are utilized as a resource for State Boards of Nursing, professional organizations, hospital policies, prescribing information literature, competency modules, and patient safety alerts. His sustained scholarship has demonstrably improved conscious/moderate sedation patient care as study data continue to document a reduction in serious adverse sedation related events over the past 30 years. His recent work using in-situ simulation physically integrates simulation into the sedation setting to enhance patient safety in this high-risk area. Combining technology and educational innovation has proven to be a rich resource to identify latent threats, assess individual competency, identify teamwork skills and system issues that can compromise safety.
Dr. Kost received his BSN from Widener University, his MSN from Gwynedd Mercy University, his MS from St. Joseph’s University and his DNP from Rutgers University.