CareersinHealthcare.com Showcases New Simulation Administrator Career Pathway
Careers in Healthcare, a new Healthcare Careers website supports those beginning or advancing their professional pathway. Recently the website shared a new interview with Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center Director Russell D. Metcalfe-Smith FHEA, MSc, NRP, CHSE-A, on what it takes to become and develop a professional administrative career in medical simulation. Careers in Healthcare provides the latest healthcare career information by leading experts to better help you start or expand your professional Career in Healthcare. The salary range for the position is suggested at $75,000 – $160,000 — do you agree?
In the interview, Metcalfe shares that “Simulation Directors never stop learning, developing and progressing somehow. For this reason, there’s lots of different certifications professionals may wish to pursue.” To gain employment as a Healthcare Simulation Director, these professionals should possess a Master’s Degree and ideally multiple years of related experience in either healthcare, technology, management, or education. Oftentimes, a Master’s Degree in a nursing-related field and a current Registered Nurse license are strongly preferred, however other areas of study may be suitable.
Also, a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) certification provides a candidate with an overall advantage during the hiring process. For example, Metcalfe chose to complete a Master’s Degree in Medical Healthcare Simulation, and to also pursue becoming a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator-Advanced (CHSE-A) and Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialists (CHSOS).
“The ability to be collaborative is essential,” expressed Metcalfe. “Simulation Directors must be progressive and somebody who is constantly trying to develop and change things for the better. I don’t think their personality should entail somebody who is just happy with the status quo.” To be successful in a career as a Healthcare Simulation Director, these professionals should also possess the ability to problem-solve, stay organized, implement best practices and create results-driven solutions. Additionally, they should be able to multitask, think critically and prioritize their daily tasks and responsibilities. Furthermore, these professionals should be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and abiding by deadlines.
According to Metcalfe, there is significant earning potential in this career in healthcare. He explained that the more management experience a professional in this field obtains, the greater their salary range typically becomes. “Like in any management or director role, many large institutions will follow the same salary scale,” Metcalfe explained. “To increase pay, Directors may considering becoming the Vice President of a center or managing multiple different centers. There’s always something to develop into, this just depends on what a professional wants to develop into and finding the role.”
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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.