A Sim Tech Shares Why You Should Come to SimGHOSTS 2017 USA
Simulation Operator Rachel Bailey recently shared with the simulation community why she suggests attending SimGHOSTS.
There is still time to register for the 2017 USA Event
Next month at WakeMed in Raleigh, NC August 1st-4th
From Rachel: SimGHOSTS is a community of hard working technicians that adapt to any environment given to them. As technicians we work over 8 hours a day, and when we are not working, we are thinking about what we can do better in the simulation community. We volunteer for projects, we come in early and stay late. You have to love the job in order to stay in the field. The hours we work and the constant struggle to ensure things operate well, can weigh heavily. Sometimes we are in a no- win situation but it never prevents us from thinking of how to improve simulations for educators and learners.
Being a sim tech is not the easiest job, nor the most rewarding, we do the job because we love it. The demand of the job can leave us discouraged and burnt out, but when August comes around, we get to meet with people that are just like us and experience the same highs and lows of simulation operations. I have attended several SimGHOSTS conferences, I get the pleasure of meeting new technicians, hearing their ideas, and seeing there fabrications. The passion of this community is something to experience. It is not about where you went to college, it is not about who you know, this conference is strictly about the job that we all love.
A fellow sim tech stated her experience at SimGHOSTS, as her “date night” with her job. I couldn’t agree with her more. This conference is more than educational, it is empowering. When I thought I could not take one more reminder of what didn’t work , or how much time I spend at my job, that a select few really understand, I go to SimGHOSTS as a reminder that I really love what I do, and I love the community I am involved in. I have attended SimGHOSTS as a presenter and a participant, and the community is the most inquisitive, intelligent, and involved in simulation technology that I have ever experienced. People are proud and willing to share ideas and projects. Every time I attend I am empowered to do my job for another year.
Whether you are tech, educator, coordinator, or director, the education you receive at SimGHOSTS is as unique as the people sharing what they have learned. If you haven’t been to a conference, I urge you to try to persuade your leadership to invest in your education and your professional development. See you in Carolina!
Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, is the Founder & CEO of HealthySimulation.com, which he started while serving as the Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2010. Lance is also the Founder and acting Advisor to the Board of SimGHOSTS.org, the world’s only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting professionals operating healthcare simulation technologies. His new co-edited Book: “Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice” is available now. Lance’s background also includes serving as a Simulation Technology Specialist for the LA Community College District, EMS fire fighting, Hollywood movie production, rescue diving, and global travel. He lives with his wife Abigail in Las Vegas, Nevada.