Nora Vanni

Nora joined Fisdap in the summer of 2013 as a Marketing Strategist. Since completing her degree in International Relations at Tufts University out in Boston, MA,  Nora has returned to her home state of Minnesota.  As a part of the Fisdap team, Nora conducts market research and contributes to all kinds of marketing collateral, including social media and the revamped Fisdap Blog.  Outside the office, Nora loves singing along to the radio, sewing, and spending time with her family at their cabin up north.


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Posts by Nora Vanni

Office Closed for Thanksgiving (11/26 - 11/27)By Nora Vanni

November 26, 2015

Fisdap turkey robotThe Fisdap office is closed Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th for Thanksgiving. We'll be back in the office on Monday!

We hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Apply to Attend the 2016 Fisdap Research SummitBy Nora Vanni

October 5, 2015

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Research Summit! Attending the Research Summit gives you an excellent opportunity to work with research experts, statisticians, and programmers on a research project that can drive evidence-based changes in EMS education. Many of the research projects that begin at the Research Summit go on to win awards and be published in national research journals.

Get your FREE exhibit hall pass and visit us at EMS World Expo!By Nora Vanni

September 8, 2015

EMS World Expo exhibit hall 2015Redeem this free exhibit hall pass and visit us next week at EMS World Expo in Las Vegas, NV. Stop by Booth 1029 to ask questions, give our team feedback, or just say hello! We hope we'll see you.

Redeem your pass online in three easy steps:

  1. Visit
  2. Click REGISTER in upper right-hand corner of homepage.
  3. Use the code FISDAPVIP to get free admission to the exhibit hall.

Your VIP Pass also gives you FREE access to:

  • Opening Ceremonies & Keynote Presentation – “Mission Critical: Securing the Future of EMS”, Brent Myers, MD, MPH, FACEP
  • Exhibit Hall –See the latest products and technologies from over 300 exhibitors covering 70,000 sq. feet of exhibit space
  • Learning Center – Choose from 10+ educational classes to earn free CE credits
  • Sim Lab – Get hands-on and put your clinical skills to the test using the most advanced products and simulators in the market
  • And More!

From North Dakota to Ghana: Collaboration in EMS EducationBy Nora Vanni

August 28, 2015

Ron Lawler with his students in Accra, GhanaIn recent years, the North Dakota Army National Guard has partnered with the Ghanaian government to help develop military, security, and infrastructure. As part of a focus on improving disaster relief and healthcare, one element has been to further develop Ghana’s EMS apparatus. This spring, a group of EMS educators and administrators traveled across the world from North Dakota to lead two weeks of training in Accra, Ghana’s capital city. Among them was paramedic educator and friend of Fisdap Ron Lawler, who sat down with me to discuss his part in the most recent trip to Ghana.

How to Set a Cut ScoreBy Nora Vanni

June 18, 2015

There are many ways to construct an exam. You can use short answer questions, fill in the blank questions, multiple-choice questions, true/false questions, essay questions: the possibilities are endless! When it comes to grading that exam, some questions have a single correct answer and some are graded on the accuracy and quality of the response. But how do you determine who passes the test?

What is a Cut Score?

The score at which a student passes or fails is called the cut score. It is the score that separates passing examinees from failing examinees. This standard is for a minimally acceptable candidate (MAC). Such an examinee isn’t an A or B student, but more a borderline C or D performer.

What is Exam Validity?By Nora Vanni

April 7, 2015

DartsThe Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) standards state that EMS educational programs must “provide both the students and program faculty with valid and timely indications of the students’ progress.”1 In other words, your program must demonstrate that students are on track to meet the expectations set for them at the outset of the semester. To effectively do so, you must use valid examinations. Validity is the most important factor to consider when developing an exam. But what does it mean for a test item or exam to be valid?

Some quick vocab to get us started: Testing literature often refers to “test items,” which may seem unfamiliar. An item is simply a test question. Not all test questions are posed in question form, so they are referred to as items. A terminal competency exam is commonly referred to as a final. Back to validity!

What's New in the Latest Version of the Paramedic Psychomotor Competency Portfolio?By Nora Vanni

March 17, 2015

Beginning in 2009, the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) began piloting the Paramedic Psychomotor Competency Portfolio, an educational rubric designed to help reliably track a student’s psychomotor performance over time. Last month, the NREMT released the most recent version of the PPCP.

Curious or confused about what’s different in this new document? We spoke with Todd Vreelund at the NREMT to learn more about the changes and how they will affect your program.

FREE Exhibit Hall Pass to EMS Today in BaltimoreBy Nora Vanni

February 26, 2015

If you live in the Baltimore area and are interested in visiting the EMS Today conference, use this pass to access the Exhibit Hall for free. Whether you're a student, an educator or a provider, this is a great national conference to learn more about what's going on in the EMS industry.

Share this with anyone you think might like to go, and we hope to see you all there! Fisdap is in booth #1022-- stop by to say hello!

The Ultimate List of Accreditation LinksBy Nora Vanni

December 11, 2014

Last week, Fisdap’s Mike Bowen attended the CAAHEP/CoAEMSP Accreditation Update and Evaluating Student Competency Workshop in Atlanta, GA. As we heard from Mike, these workshops can be overwhelming, as they consist of multiple days’ worth of information and requirements that educators have to keep track of.

With that said, we’re here to help: over the past few years, Fisdap has compiled a number of resources aimed at helping educators track data and prepare for their site visits. Our software exists to make your life easier and simplify the process of maintaining accreditation.

In this post, we’ve compiled a detailed list of blog posts, help documentation, and other resources that we think could be useful to those pursuing accreditation. After all, accreditation isn’t a rubber stamp: as long as you run a paramedic program, it is something you must continually have on your radar. We hope that, from this list, you can easily find the resources you’re looking for:

Ambulance Transport Rates after Motor Vehicle Collision - PCRF Journal Club

December 2, 2014

Sponsored by the Prehospital Care Research Forum (PCRF) and facilitated by Fisdap, this new monthly webinar features a discussion of recently published EMS research. 

This month, we discussed three articles. The third and final article discussed was "Ambulance transport rates after motor vehicle collision for older vs. younger adults: A population-based study," published in the Accident Analysis and Prevention in 2014.
Listen to the podcast discussion of the third article, or check out the entire webinar recording on YouTube.

Download MP3 (22.3 MB)