January 16, 2019By Lance Baily

Top 50 Healthcare Simulation Articles of 2018!

Every year we compile the absolute must-read Top 50 Healthcare Simulation Articles and pages of the previous year, helping you connect to the most popular and helpful content HealthySim has to offer! Today we are happy to announce the Top 50 Medical Simulation Articles of 2018! From the latest career descriptions to the most helpful how-to tutorials from the year, and from leading product innovations to acclaimed conference coverage, HealthySim has you covered with the most important simulation articles from the year.

Get caught up with any of the most-read content that you may have missed last year, or launch your simulation program into success into the year ahead with these useful tips, guides, strategies, technologies, research and more! Thank you to the more than 250,000 healthcare professionals who connected to HealthySim content in 2018, from almost every country in the world!

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50. Is Your School Ready for State Board Simulation Standards? – Results of the study, indicated that high-quality simulation experiences could be substituted for up to 50% of traditional clinical hours across the pre-licensure nursing curriculum. How many state boards of Nursing will accept the results of the NCSBN study cart blanche and allow schools to increase the time students spend in simulation — and will your program be ready?

49. Improving Multi-Professional Teamwork Through Trauma Simulation Training Feedback – According to this study, trauma team simulation training is important for developing competence skills in a multiprofessional team. The Research shows that working skills of a multiprofessional team seemed to develop as a result of such training!

48. CareersinHealthcare.com Showcases Simulation Career Positions with Interviews:

47. The Effectiveness of the Use of High Fidelity Simulation for Midwives CPD – This submission explores the effectiveness of high fidelity simulation has on midwives’ continuing professional development, and for recognition of and response to obstetric emergency, through a mixed methods survey.


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46. Wake Technical Community College Launches Sim Tech Associate’s Degree Program – The new Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree trains students to set up, operate, and troubleshoot patient manikins, multimedia systems, and computer programs used in training healthcare professionals. Wake Tech is the first community college in North Carolina to offer the degree, and the second in the United States.

45. University of Newcastle Australia Creates Healthcare Learning VR Simulations – VR Training has a strong future in Healthcare Simulation, as the University of Newcastle Australia has demonstrated with two new powerful virtual reality learning programs for Oral Health Therapy and OB gestation.

44. Healthcare Simulation Professionals Of Texas (SPOT) Meet in Fort Worth To Support Each Other – In 2014 a group of dedicated simulation champions came together to create SPOT, aka the Simulation Professionals Of Texas, to offer collaboration amongst simulation facilities and personnel in the state. This post covered a SPOT quarterly meeting at Texas Wesleyan University where over 75 professionals came together!

43. Simulation Solutions for Low Resource Settings From EM Sim Case Library – EM Sim Cases wants to showcase the fantastic sim cases that are already being used across the country. Their goals include to 1) Create a large database of cases for EM educators around the world to use, 2) Map all cases to clear educational objectives, and 3) Create a FOAMed culture among EM simulation educators.

42. Key Learning Theories Needed for Medical Simulation – This article helps us to better understand the key learning theories necessary for Simulation in Healthcare, which will be especially useful for Sim Techs or clinical educators new to Sim.

41. Are Learning Styles Debunked? What We Need to Know for Healthcare Simulation – Recent studies of the effectiveness of learning styles have consistently found either no evidence or very weak evidence to support the hypothesis that matching or “meshing” material in the appropriate format to an individual’s learning style is selectively more effective for educational attainment. In addition, when learners are categorized into a particular learning style they may lose their ability to adapt.

40. TraumaSim Provides Cutting Edge Moulage Products & Services – The company’s Founder and Director, Nola Pearce, holds a Bachelor of Nursing, Hyperbaric Nursing Certificate, a Graduate Diploma in Critical Care Nursing, a Cert IV in Training & Assessment, and specializes in Moulage and Disaster Exercise Design training. She and the TraumaSim team are absolutely passionate about their work to provide qualified simulation disaster, military, and healthcare moulage training, services, and products:

39. INACSL Standards of Best Practice Infographic: Debriefing – Check out the fourth of seven awesome new infographics produced by INACSL to demonstrate the key points of their recently updated Standards of Best Practice: Simulation. This fourth INACSL standard focuses on debriefing suggesting “All simulation-based experiences include a planned debriefing session aimed at improving future performance.”

38. Simulation in the Global News

37. Recorded Level 3 Healthcare Webinar: Addressing the 15 Biggest Challenges in Healthcare Simulation Operations – The Recording from this Webinar has been made available and is now embedded here! Check out this free and awesome webinar where the Level 3 Healthcare team of simulation experts will be discussing the 15 most challenging tasks for simulation technology. Together with the Level 3 Healthcare team, the webinar audience will cover strategies to conquer those challenges.

36. Strategies for Improving Vaccination Education Through Simulation from Pocket Nurse – In a 2011 study by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, 77% of parents polled stated concerns about one or more childhood vaccinations. In a modern clinical setting, proper vaccination technique must involve more than just the injection procedure. Students must be prepared to address the concerns that many parents will display when it’s time for their child to receive an immunization. Consider employing these tactics in the classroom to make sure that students can effectively and accurately express the safety and importance of vaccines.

35. The Shift to Competency-Based Medical Education: What You Need to Know – What is competency-based medical education? What challenges does it create for educators? What tools are available to help manage and monitor the associated data? Today our friends at EMS SimulationIQ have shared this essential information for educators looking to expand their competency-based medical education expertise—and prepare for the evolution of medical education!

34. Using Gap Analysis to Drive Clinical Simulation Improvements – Ultimately a gap analysis should be the justification for all educational activities including simulation. Have you considered how a gap analysis program can fit learning objectives into your healthcare simulation program? HealthySim Staff Writer Dr. Kim Baily shows us what to consider!

33. Clinical Simulation Terminology & Product Categories Demystified – Anyone involved in the technology, MedTech (medical technology), EdTech (education technology), and education sectors, are used to waves of new jargon and acronyms. Clinical Simulation (or just “Sim”) is no exception, in fact the innovation and rate of change have been so dramatic that even expert practitioners and instructors at Nursing and Medical Schools struggle to keep up with the tech, let alone all the new jargon from vendors and press. Here, Steven Menges, Adjunct Professor at NYU, helps to break it down for those new to this emerging professional field.


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32. Teaching Nursing Students Prioritization Through Virtual Scenarios – Nurse educators are also turning to technology to get their students the repetitions they need to master critical thinking and techniques. Why? The National League for Nursing reported that 45 percent of nursing schools responding to their 2016 Biannual Survey said “lack of clinical placements” was a primary obstacle to expanding capacity for their BSN programs. Here we take a look how Healthcare Learning Innovations are similarly providing virtual clinical simulation experiences to improve prioritization in Nursing students.

31. New INACSL Standards of Best Practice for Simulation: Operations & Translations – 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. Get the standard here!

30. Evidence-Based Practice Defined for Simulation in Healthcare – Evidence-based practice (EBP) attempts to identify the differences and provide a pathway to ensure that current medical practice is based on interventions that are most likely to benefit the patient. Medical care cannot be based on the notion that “this is the way we have always done something” but rather what research has shown to be the most effective.

29. Prolong the Life Cycle of Your Healthcare Simulation Lab – When the operational or physical structure of a lab fails, it can take a long time to bring it back to full capacity. During these times regularly scheduled simulations still have to be performed and this can create an environment of stress. Increasing the focus on sustaining your simulation lab can help mitigate threats to ongoing success, not to mention reduce the risk of staff and student disappointment.

28. Gaumard Unveils Advanced Pediatric Simulator HAL S2225 — And He Moves! – At IMSH 2018, HealthySim saw the world’s first high fidelity pediatric simulator that moves — with head movements, eye tracking, and voice-to-jaw resemblance. Meet Gaumard‘s HAL S225 Advanced Pediatric Patient Simulator. Putting our index finger up to Hal’s face, he tracked our hand movement with his eyes — in real time — and then it was our jaws that dropped!

27. Understanding Research For Clinical Simulation Series: Understanding research and its use in guiding EBP is not only important for ensuring that patients receive the best possible care, but also for finding and implementing the best simulation methodologies.

26. What About Simulation in the Healthcare Classroom? – Small groups are considered ideal because of the nature of simulation and debriefing. Can simulation be moved into the classroom where larger groups of students could observe a scenario and join in a debriefing?


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25. Nurse Education 2019: When Your Students are Digital Natives – Many of the current generation of nursing students are digital natives, savvy in their ways of using technology to acquire information, be it through adaptive learning, online instruction, or simulation. Increasingly faculty are ‘flipping the classroom,’* employing team-based learning, and leaning heavily on simulation, thus preparing their students not just to pass the NCLEX but to become great nurses. Key problems identified and addressed thanks to this article highlighting i-Human Patients from Kaplan!

 24. ‘Advanced Stroke Life Support’ Course Uses Sim to Train Tens of Thousands of Providers – The 8-hour, evidence-based ASLS course from GCRME was first developed in 1998 and has expanded dramatically to be offered now to more than 120 registered training centers across the United States. Tens of thousands of healthcare professionals have completed an ASLS course, which consists of 3.5 hours of didactic lectures and 4.5 hours of interactive large and small-group skills sessions.

23. New To Community College Clinical Simulation? Where To Start! How-To Series: New to community college clinical healthcare simulation? In this 3 part series we share some of the issues that will be encountered along the way and most importantly where to start!

22. Healthcare Simulation Program Management Mind Map Provides Key Needs Breakdown – This visual outline of a ‘Healthcare Simulation Program Management Mind Map’ provides us a key breakdown of all the necessary components one must consider for developing or expanding a clinical simulation program, which is available for use online or as a download.

21. ‘To Err is Human’ Patient Safety Medical Errors Documentary Film Screening Closes SimGHOSTS 2018 USA – Countless attendees and vendor representatives have shared that SimGHOSTS 2018 USA was “the best SimGHOSTS meeting yet”! Over 270 participants came together from all around the World for the 4-day hands-on training workshop at the University of Tennessee’s Health Science Center’s Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation (CHIPS). Learn more about this event and the powerful documentary screened which sent shockwaves through the simulation audience.


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20. Improve Your Simulation Instructional Skills With 2019 iSIM Courses – Those looking to improve their healthcare simulation instructional skills should strongly consider in-person training activities, as the nuances of debriefing and instructional design in the field are extremely unique. Designed and facilitated by internationally renowned experts in simulation and faculty development, the training courses available from WISER at the University of Pittsburgh and The Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education at the University of Miami called iSIM, or Improving Simulation Instructional Methods, will prepare healthcare educators to enhance their skills using best practices in simulation-based education methods. Hurry, these courses fill up fast!

19. Cardionics Bionic Hybrid Solution Offers Better Way to Train Auscultation on Standardized Patients | Video Demo – Recently at INACSL HealthySim was on hand to take a closer look at the new Bionic Hybrid Simulator from Cardionics to see the auscultation and hybrid simulation trainer for SP assessment in action with our exclusive video interview. For those healthcare simulation programs that only have access to low fidelity manikins, or for high fidelity Standardized Patient programs looking to further increase realism, the Bionic Hybrid Simulator is defiantly worth checking out!

18. Virtual Clinical Simulation Adoption on the Rise in Nursing Education Thanks to Innovative Solutions Like Sentinel World – Healthcare Learning Innovations, a division of American Sentinel University, created Sentinel World, an immersive urban and rural virtual simulation, so students can safely earn simulated clinical hours and practice experience (or simply complete interactive assignments), while engaging with key community and population health topics.

17. Improve Faculty Buy-In for Healthcare Simulation, With Technical Staff – Lessons from Level 3 Healthcare’s Experts – Here we take a look at how faculty training is still a strong barrier simulation utilization after some powerful insights from Level 3 Healthcare’s recent webinar, now available to watch!

16. 7 Steps to Make the Business Case for Healthcare Simulation from Laerdal Medical – Laerdal shares how by using 7 simple steps, you can make the business case for medical simulation at your organization and win over the executive boardroom. You already believe in the benefits of simulation. And, you can see that your organization needs to invest in it. But, how do you justify the return on investment (ROI) to your senior most management? The best way to stake your claim in the ROI discussion is to find common ground with the executive boardroom.

15. CAE Healthcare Dominates the News: Canadian Government Funding, New Chief Learning Executive Dr. Patel, and TellYes China Event – You know it was a big week for CAE Healthcare after Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau helped announce a $1B investment which is “about creating high-skilled jobs in Canada today, while making sure Canada’s next generation of pilots, engineers, doctors, and nurses have access to some of the most advanced simulation tools and training programs in the world!

14. 5 Tips for Effective Simulation Debriefing From UPMC’s Medical Director of Patient Safety – Dr. Paul Phrampus, Medical Director of UPMC’s Patient Safety Team and Director of the prominent WISER Simulation Center, recently shared on his Simulating Healthcare blog his 5 Tips for Effective Debriefing. The article covers goal identification, initial framework selections, learner engagement strategies, debriefing tactics to maximize learner ownership, and summarization discussions for key takeaways.

13. OSF HealthCare Asks: Could VR Replace Traditional Classroom Learning? – In this recent article complete with video interviews, OSF HealthCare and their Jump Simulation group (via OSF Innovation), asked “Could Virtual Reality Replace Traditional Classroom Learning” in HealthCare? We think so!

12. 10 Reasons Healthcare Simulation Programs Need Qualified Sim Technology Specialists – An outline of “must consider” concepts for building an effective and lasting simulation program centered around the need for specialized technical training.

11. How to Pick Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that Optimize Healthcare Simulation Outcomes – A KPI is a type of measurement that evaluates the success of an organization or of a particular activity (such as projects, programs, products and other initiatives) in which it engages. KPIs provide a focus for strategic and operational development, create an analytical basis for decision making, and help bring attention the metrics that matter most. Read on for ways to select – and make the most – of KPIs at your institution.

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10. Most Read Healthcare Simulation Books – Comprehensive List for All Disciplines & Positions – From new books to must read books, this is the ultimate list of simulation books to help you start and expand your medical simulation program!

9. What Should Be in Our Policies & Procedures? A Complete Outline for Healthcare Simulation Programs – Such a document is an absolute “must have” for building or expanding a medical simulation program because it forces your organization to determine the guiding principles for the daily operations, which will improve any and all future discussions with regards to the basic understanding of who is allowed to do what, when, where, how and why.

8. Using Nursing Simulation Experiences to Improve Medication Administration – The use of simulation to enhance clinical skills for both undergraduate and new graduate nursing and medical students is well documented in the literature. However, in spite of current changes, students and new graduate Nursing students often find themselves unprepared and anxious when they begin their first professional assignments. Here we share how to improve your simulated learning experiences with medication administration.

7. Physiology Series: The Force Behind Healthcare Simulation – A Guide for Techs – Some simulation team members may have a limited background in physiology or medicine. An understanding of basic physiological concepts can enable non medical simulationists to better understand medical simulation. This article series about physiology will define what physiology is, and why and how its important to simulation:

6. Healthcare Simulation Conferences List for 2019 – There are plenty of fantastic global conferences coming up in 2019 that provide a range of focused simulation learning, networking, and vendor engagement opportunities, so save the dates for these special events listed below.

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5. 7 of the World’s Most Watched Healthcare Simulation Videos – Wondering what the most “viral” healthcare simulation videos are? Check out the videos that have helped to spread awareness about our industry around the globe with today’s fun exploration of the Top 7 Medical Simulation Videos of all time! Which type of simulation won the most view do you think? Click to find out!

4. Blood Transfusion Documents and Excel Labels for Simulation in Healthcare — Includes Template – Blood transfusions may be found in a variety of simulations such as those involving bleeding peptic ulcers, postoperative hemorrhage, postpartum hemorrhage or mass casualty situations. The cost of blood bags (around $20 each) limits the number of times students can spike bags. Blood bags can easily be made using a 250 or 500 mL normal saline bags with an appropriate blood label. Learn how!

3. EHR Physical Assessment Document for Simulation – Includes Excel Template – This HealthySim exclusive article describes how to generate a low cost EHR Physical Assessment form with dropdown menus. A free downloadable excel template is included!

2. Medical Simulation Jobs Page, Post and Search Today! – All the latest healthcare simulation jobs from around the world. Post and search clinical simulation jobs now! Bookmark this page to stay informed, or subscribe to our newsletter!

1. Writing Correct Medication Orders for Healthcare Simulation Scenarios, with Downloadable Excel Template – Thousands of you enjoyed reading and sharing this #1 Article in 2018! This exclusive HealthySim article provides key information about how to write correct physician orders for healthcare simulation scenarios. When details are missing from physician order sheets, learners may become confused and will likely focus on the order error instead of the original designated learning objectives.

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