Faculty Research Survey: Assessing Healthcare Simulation Faculty Development Needs

Andrew Schneider, BLA, NRP, CHSE, Simulation Education Specialist at Central New Mexico Community College submitted an article this week to HealthySimulation.com readers to ask support for his IRB approved Simulation research project entitled “Assessing Simulation Faculty Development Needs: A Pilot Study to Construct and Validate an Assessment Instrument”. The purpose of this study is to: 1) Develop and pilot a survey questionnaire to assess self-reported skills, knowledge, and abilities of healthcare educators regarding simulation-based instruction. 2) Develop and pilot a survey questionnaire to assess stage of change regarding simulation-based instruction. Stage of change refers to the level of adoption of simulation-based instruction by an individual. and 3) Compare simulation instruction self-reported skills, knowledge, and abilities with level of organization support, and stage of change. To support Andrew’s research into clinical simulation, please consider taking the 20-minute 100% anonymous survey through the link below.

A Note From Andrew:

Greetings Healthcare Faculty, I am conducting research on self-reported simulation skills, knowledge and abilities.  In addition, I am testing a new instrument that will measure the stage of change regarding simulation-based instruction of healthcare faculty.  Your responses will help us understand the simulation specific faculty development needs of healthcare faculty.


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Below is a link to a 20-minute survey.  All responses are confidential and no personal identifiable information is requested in the survey.  Aggregate data will be used in any report or published information. Click the web link to take the survey.

This study has been approved by the Central New Mexico Community College’s Institutional Review Board.

Title of Study:
Assessing Simulation Faculty Development Needs: A Pilot Study to Construct and Validate an Assessment Instrument

Investigator:
Andrew Schneider, Simulation Education Specialist
Simulation Center for Advanced Training and Education (SIM CAT)
Central New Mexico Community College


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Contact Information:
Email- [email protected]
Phone- 505-224-4000 ext 52047

CNM IRB Study Number: Schneider_Approval091718

CNM IRB Contact: [email protected] or 505-224-3450

Estimated Time to Complete Survey: 20 Minutes

Introduction:
I am a staff member at Central New Mexico Community College in the Simulation Center for Advanced Training and Education. I would like to invite you to participate in a study I am conducting on college/university healthcare educators.

This survey study is examining self-reported skills, knowledge, and abilities (SKAs) regarding simulation-based instruction. In addition, this study aims to determine if relationships between adoption of “standards of best practice,” organization support for simulation, stage of adoption, and the self-reported SKAs of healthcare educators. The study is not a comprehensive examination of simulation educator SKAs. The SKAs examined in this study were selected based on frequency of use by most simulation educators.

I ask that you read this form and ask any questions you may have before agreeing to participate. You may contact me via the email or phone number listed above.

Study Purpose:
The purpose of this study is to:

  1. Develop and pilot a survey questionnaire to assess self-reported skills, knowledge, and abilities of healthcare educators regarding simulation-based instruction.
  2. Develop and pilot a survey questionnaire to assess stage of change regarding simulation-based instruction. Stage of change refers to the level of adoption of simulation-based instruction by an individual.
  3. Compare simulation instruction self-reported skills, knowledge, and abilities with level of organization support, and stage of change.

Study Procedures:
This study is conducted online using the Survey Monkey web-based software. Participants will be able to participate on their own time at their convenience. This survey is a single event. Follow-up interviews or surveys will not be conducted.

Participants will answer a set of questions. About 90% of the questions are rating scales of statements. About 10% of questions are short answer questions. Estimated time to complete the survey is 20 minutes.

Risks:
Minimal risks are involved with this study. The primary risk is disclosure of information that may be deemed personal in nature. Please see the Confidentiality section below for information on how this risk will be minimized. There are no physical risks involved with this study.
Benefits:
The benefits of participation are:

  1. Individuals may not directly benefit from this study. However, the healthcare simulation industry, healthcare organizations, and other researchers may benefit from the findings from this study.
  2. Development of a valid questionnaire tool may allow organizations to conduct faculty development needs assessments at shorter intervals and make comparisons with other organizations.
  3. Greater understanding of the relationship(s) between stage of change, level of organization support, and healthcare faculty self-reported skills, knowledge and abilities.
  4. The ability to connect a well-established theoretical change model to healthcare faculty development.

Confidentiality:
This survey is 100% anonymous. The survey will collect some demographic information. No personal identification questions will be asked. Any information that might identify an individual participant will be changed or redacted prior to inclusion in survey results reporting.

Results will be stored on a password-protected document by the investigator. Only the investigator will have the password to the data.

Right to Refuse or Withdraw:
The decision to participate in this study is entirely up to you. You may refuse to take part in the study at any time without affecting your relationship with the investigator(s) of this study or Central New Mexico Community College. Data reporting will be consist of aggregate data to ensure that individuals or groups are not identifiable.

CNM full and part-time faculty are under no obligation to participate in this study. Your decision to participate or not participate will not affect your standing with CNM in any way. This includes teaching assignments and the ability to schedule and use the CNM Simulation Center or its services.

The first three questions of the survey will determine if you meet the inclusion criteria of this study:

  • 18 years old or older
  • Teach at a college or university
  • Teach in a healthcare occupation that provides direct patient care

You will not be allowed to participate without providing your consent.

Participants may exit out of the web browser at any time to withdraw from the study. The survey is submitted only when the participant clicks the submit button at the end of the questions.

To ensure adequate data collection, most questions in the survey are required. Incomplete data will not allow the investigator to perform an analysis.
Reminder: This survey is 100% anonymous. Any information that might identify an individual respondent will be changed prior to inclusion in survey results reporting.

Survey Structure:
This survey has three (3) sections.

  • Section 1: Participant Demographics
  • Section 2: Prior Faculty Development Experiences
  • Section 3: Simulation Educator Assessment

Take Andrew’s Faculty Assessment Research Survey Here!


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