Book Review: Simulation Champions – Fostering Courage, Caring, and Connection

Today HealthySim reviews “Simulation Champions: Fostering Courage, Caring, and Connection Book Review”, a newly Wolters Kluwer published work by Colette Foisy-Doll, MSN, RN, CHSE Director of the Clinical Simulation Centre at MacEwan University and Kim Leighton, PhD, RN, CHSE, CHSOS, ANEF, Assistant Dean of Research & Clinical Strategy at Adtalem Global Education available for purchase through LWW’s website here.

The first thing you will notice about Simulation Champions is that there are six pages of listed contributors to the work — each of whom shared their personal stories of growth, leadership, expansion,  development and innovation throughout the book. These wonderful first person perspective insights provide the reader with more than just advice, but also a sense of community and support. As the preface suggests, “Simulation Champions are difference makers, working to cultivate culture change toward safer, more effective, reliable, and ethical patient-and family-centered healthcare”. Through the core values of courage, caring and connection, the authors believe that these core values bind our community together and emanate through our collective achievements of decades of simulation work. Indeed, the authors share that the book could have just as easily have been titled “The Chronicles of Courage” because it “contains persona accounts of the courage it took to spearhead simulation as a disruptive innovation in our institutions and clinical practice settings at a time when only innovators could see its potential.” With very little in the way of professional education available for professional healthcare simulation users, learning on the job while doing the job takes a special kind of individual — one willing to sacrifice to succeed.

Whether hearing from Lou Oberndorf MBA about the founding of METI, Carol Huston MSN, DPA, FAAN on the importance of a dedicated simulation committee, or Vincent Grant MD, FRCPC’s PEARLS model for debriefing — the guidance in this book is engaging, friendly, and easy to understand. The book reads in both 1st and 3rd perspective, providing advice in a clear and concise manner which, when combined with colorful, detailed, charts and graphics, is a real joy to read! Especially fascinating was learning about the stages of healthcare simulation progress in different parts of the world. As many experienced international healthcare simulation champions have suggested before, culture difference have huge implications for the way simulations are run, and understood, around the World. Learning what works, and what doesn’t, from other cultures serves to better the understanding of simulations potential for your own culture and place.

The book goes into great depth for the operational needs beyond debriefing practices, looking at all topics under the sun necessary to build an effective program including: administrative requirements, moulage tips, community development, scenario identification, interprofessional collaboration strategies, design planning and more. Gone are the days when simulation books only covered “How to Debrief” — as today we better know that simulation takes a team of administrators, clinicians, educators, and technology specialists to succeed. For this reason, our favorite part is Chapter 10: “Leading and Developing Effective Simulation Teams”, which lays out the opportunities for the development of specialized teams that provide staff, faculty, and learners with powerful collaborative work experiences — as well as ideas about the types of positions your simulation should consider for running various sized programs. Chapter 10 Excerpt on simulation roles:

Simulation deliver teams are made up of innovators and committed hard working individuals with diverse knowledge and skills sets. Job titles and role descriptions in simulation programs will vary from place to place and by organizational size, structure, and titling practices. Depending on the size of your program, these positions and the number of employees will vary considerably. Sometimes, there is only one person responsible for simulation although we acknowledge this is an undesirable and unsustainable practice. Whatever the size of scope of you simulation program or endeavor, all would be wise to follow the NCSBN simulation Guidelines for Prelicensure Nursing Programs. These guidelines stipulate the need for simulation delivery teams with dedicated lead faculty and sim lab personnel that are qualified to conduct simulation and are supported in their ongoing professional development. Educators must be prepared to lead simulations, and adhere to clear policies and processes that support excellence in simulation. Simulation team composition might include [each of these medical simulation jobs are detailed with at least a paragraph each in the book]:

  • Executive Sponsor
  • Steering, Advisory Committee
  • Simulation Program Director
  • Simulation Program Operations Manager
  • Simulation Program Business Manager
  • Simulation Program Research Officer
  • Simulation Program Educational Lead
  • Simulation Program Instructor/Educator
  • Simulated/Standardized Patient Coordinator
  • Simulation Operators
  • Simulation Technology Specialists
  • Simulation IT/AV Specialists
  • Support Staff
  • Custodial Staff

Chapter by chapter and page after page, Foisy-Doll and Leighton provider us with beautiful, easy to understand graphics, shared expert stories, and detailed prose — making Simulation Champions a must-own book for everyone involved in starting or expanding a healthcare simulation program! Looking for other medical simulation books? Check out our healthcare simulation book library list!

Book Sections


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  • The Evolution of Simulation: Charts the course of simulation in nursing and healthcare.
  • Leadership and Management: Addresses the essential leader, follower, and manager roles and function that Sim Champs enact to advance simulation from local to global.
  • Globalization and Culture in Simulation: Offers different views on simulation in nursing through the lenses of culture, diversity, and globalization.
  • Art and Science of Simulation: Presents both the scientific and artistic dimensions required for best practices in delivering effective simulation education.
  • Developing Simulation Education: Introduces fundamental concepts and approaches to developing, deploying, and evaluating simulation education events.
  • Simulation Across Health Disciplines: Invites the perspectives of nursing’s frontline partner in healthcare simulation.
  • Developing Learning Spaces: Offers a wealth of information for those tasked with designing and developing simulation learning spaces.

About the Book Simulation Champions from LWW

Setting out to design a nursing simulation program or to improve one already in place? Drawing on the personal experiences of experts and pioneers in the field, Simulation Champions: Fostering Courage, Caring, and Connection offers the practical information needed to deal with the real challenges of creating or improving a simulation program, along with detailed information on the change management and leadership skills needed for success. Whether you are building a nursing simulation program from the ground up or are seeking to improve an existing program, you will find the information and tools you need to develop strategies for adoption, maintenance, and evaluation, including coverage of important considerations, such as physical space, budget, curriculum and human resources.

Key Features of Simulation Champions

  • Extensive coverage of leadership and management concepts critical to implementing a simulation program prepares you for potential challenges and pitfalls.
  • Coverage of change management helps you understand specific issues you might face at your institution, along with strategies for addressing them.
  • Ready-to-use online templates and forms help you implement key concepts and skills.
  • INACSL Standards of Best Practice: Simulation throughout the text help you ensure the program you develop meets current best practices.
  • Simulation on a Shoestring feature offers creative ideas to save your program valuable dollars.
  • Voice of Experience sections present personal narratives from Simulation Champion pioneers across the globe. Each describes a challenge encountered, how the challenge was met, and outcomes and lessons learned, as well as inspirational quotes or messages from them to you.

From the Foreword by Former Clinical Simulation in Nursing Editor Suzie-Kardong Edgren, PhD, RN, ANEF, CHSE, FAAN

“This book provides strategies and tools, garnered through personal experience and reaching out to other simulation champions, to more efficiently evaluate the readiness of the existing future for simulation, and to develop strategies for simulation adoption, maintenance, and evaluation from a variety of perspectives.”

Pick up your copy of Simulation Champions from LWW’s website today!


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