New INACSL Standards of Best Practice for Simulation: Operations & Translations
A reminder yesterday from INACSL President Kristina Thomas Dreifuerst at the 2018 Toronto meeting about the INACSL Standards of Best Practice, which now includes an Operations Specialist Standard developed in support with SimGHOSTS, and are also being translated into multiple languages thanks to support from Laerdal. From their brand new website (launched today) you can now download the complete INACSL Standards of Best Practice: Simulation in the following languages: Japanese, Korean, and Chinese Mandarin. Coming soon are Portuguese, French and Spanish! If you are looking for more Simulation Technical operations support, visit SimGHOSTS.org for their Australia and USA summer hands-on conferences and networking events and online resources!
About the INACSL Standards of Best Practice in Simulation
The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) has developed the INACSL Standards of Best Practice: Simulation to advance the science of simulation, share best practices, and provide evidence based guidelines for implementation and training. The INACSL Standards of Best Practice: Simulation provide a detailed process for evaluating and improving simulation operating procedures and delivery methods that every simulation team will benefit from.
Adoption of the INACSL Standards of Best Practice: Simulation demonstrate a commitment to quality and implementation of rigorous evidence based practices in healthcare education to improve patient care by complying with practice standards INACSL created a Simfographic to represent each INACSL Standard of Best Practice: Simulation. The Simfographics provide a graphic representation and the criteria for each of the INACSL Standards of Best Practice: Simulation.
Standard: All simulation-based education programs require systems and infrastructure to support and maintain operations.
Simulation operations encompass the infrastructure, people, and processes necessary for implementation of an effective and efficient simulation-based education (SBE) program. The interactions of these pieces must form a system that integrates with larger educational and health care entities to realize the goals of SBE. SBE is no longer an adjunct to health care training and/or professional development programs but an all-inclusive integrated program requiring business acumen and technically knowledgeable personnel that serve as team members providing leadership and support in the delivery of SBE. The required knowledge, skills, and attributes to implement evidence-based best practices for simulation experiences are evolving rapidly. These skills may be possessed by an individual or shared among a team. Specialists with business, education, and technical skills promote growth, sustainability, fidelity, and achievement of goals and outcomes. The need for defining simulation operations goes beyond any role or title. Successful simulation operations are curated as dynamic collaborations among leaders, educators, learners, and adaptive relationships between departments.
Criteria Necessary to Meet This Standard
- Implement a strategic plan that coordinates and aligns resources of the SBE program to achieve its goals.
- Provide personnel with appropriate expertise to support and sustain the SBE program.
- Use a system to manage space, equipment, and personnel resources.
- Maintain and manage the financial resources to support stability, sustainability, and growth of the SBE program’s goals and outcomes.
- Use a formal process for effective systems integration.
- Create policies and procedures to support and sustain the SBE program.
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.