August 28, 2019By Lance Baily

Top 10 Healthcare Simulation Articles You Missed From Summer!

Traffic has spiked on these past two weeks as medical simulation programs from around the world come back into session following the Summer holiday season. Now then is the best time to help those coming back to work from the beach to get caught up with the Top 10 Healthcare Simulation Articles from Summer of 2019 — so that no one misses anything crucial to the success of their simulation lab! From Debriefing Templates to Career Development, and from EHR Tools to New Books and Courses — this list has you covered, so be sure to share with all your clinical faculty!

10. Healthcare Simulation Coordinator Job Description w/ Downloadable Template: Healthcare Simulation Coordinators oversee the daily operation of simulation labs / simulation centers. Previously we have shared job descriptions for Entry Level Sim Techs, and Experienced Senior Level Sim Techs, and today Dr. Kim Baily covers the responsibilities of all things Coordinator. The exact responsibilities of the Coordinator role varies tremendously depending on the size of the simulation laboratory, the goals of the learning institution and the budget available. When writing a job description for your institution, consider the following aspects of the simulation coordinator position, with the job description linked in this article!

9. Building a Simulated EHR in Excel, with Template from Marymount University: Here we share a submitted article by Kevin Cummings BSN, RN, Simulation Tech at Marymount University on how to save money by designing you own EHR excel charting system and building your own database of Patients. The Marymount University Nursing Program is based in Arlington, VA and has both accelerated and traditional BSN students, and the Simulation Program is lead by Dr. Hillberry. In a sense this provides for the opportunity to build a free electronic medical records training online, with their their excel template shared below!

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8. Gather – Analyze – Summarize: The Simple GAS Method for Healthcare Simulation Debriefing (w/ Quick Template): Medical Simulation is divided into three stages, prebriefing, simulation scenario and debriefing. Simulation links theory to practice by means of reflection, critical thinking and improved clinical practice. A variety of creative debriefing strategies may be found in the literature however, the Gather-Analyze-Summarize (GAS) tool is probably one of the easiest to understand. GAS was developed at UPMC’s WISER Simulation Center by John O’Donnell and a team of collaborators. This method allows even novice debriefers to quickly gain skill in debriefing while remaining comfortable with the process. Ideally, all debriefing faculty should receive training and practice in debriefing before they start debriefing on their own. Here we take a closer look at the G.A.S. Debriefing model.

7. Medical Simulation Job Listings & Resources: Healthcare Simulation jobs provide an emerging professional opportunity for innovative healthcare professionals interested in clinical education and training, advanced technologies, theatrical production, adult learning, administrative leadership and the most modern communicative practices. Here is a comprehensive list of Healthcare Simulation Jobs which usually fit into one of three key areas: Administration, Clinical Education, and Simulation Technology operations. Further down on this page is a set of links to resources which will help employers and employees better prepare for clinical simulation careers!

6. Leading Nurse Educators Launch Free ‘Essentials of Clinical Simulation’ Online Course: This 7-week course provides you with key strategies to help understand the foundation of Clinical Simulations. During each module hosted on Coursera, you will learn about 7 key components of Healthcare Simulation Across the Health Professions and its’ impact in your current position as a healthcare professional. Please utilize all of the Resources provided by each of the modules to support and enhance your understanding of each concept. All courses are free however registration is required. Modules can be taken alone or all can be completed for a certificate. A Course Certificate is the official course credential, if one is required and costs only $50!

5. Debriefing Nursing Simulations with QSEN Competencies Including Template: The Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project was designed to ensure that future nurses will have the knowledge, skills and attitudes (KSAs) necessary to continuously improve the quality and safety of the healthcare systems within which they work. This article shares about the six quality and safety competencies were developed for pre-licensure programs for QSEN and provides a template below for Debriefing them in Nursing Simulation experiences. Some Schools of Nursing use the QSEN competencies as part of their program or course outcomes.

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4. Understanding IV Site Access for Healthcare Simulation, with Assessment Template: Intravenous fluid (IV) and medication administration is often a necessary component of patient care even though there are potential hazards associated with this type of therapy. Healthcare Simulation scenarios involving IV fluids or medications should attempt to mimic real life situations as much as possible. When learners have to frequently “pretend” to perform tasks they may spend unnecessary time wondering if the lack of fidelity is part of the simulation or a normal component of simulation learning. Here, contributor Dr. Kim Baily covers IV Site Access for Medical Simulation, with Assessment Template shared below!

3. Healthcare Simulation Conference Listings: Healthcare Simulation conferences are an absolute must for professionals seeking to start or expand their institution’s simulation programs. As there are very few educational pathways for Medical Simulation professionals, participating in simulation in healthcare conferences like SimGHOSTS, IMSH or INACSL are a crucial step in developing or expanding your institution’s program and developing your professional career. There are plenty of fantastic global conferences still left 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. Previous annual events are summarized in the drop down fields at the bottom of the page.

2. PEARLS Debriefing Framework with Debrief2Learn Tool: Many educators consider debriefing as the most important step in healthcare simulation. has previously published several guides to debriefing including the GAS method and Debriefing with Good Judgement. In 2015, Eppich and Cheng published a blended approach to debriefing entitled Promoting Excellence and Reflective Learning in Simulation (PEARLS). The authors created a framework using existing educational strategies for use in a variety of settings. Instructors can choose from three different methods of debriefing strategies depending on information received during the descriptive phase of debriefing and the time available for debriefing. This blended method allows instructors to tailor the discussion to the learner needs and learning context. In addition, this flexible method lends itself to a variety of educational goals including improving clinical decision making, improving technical skills, teamwork functions or interprofessional collaboration.

1. New Book: Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice: This practical guide provides a focus on the implementation of healthcare simulation operations, as well as the type of professional staff required for developing effective programs in this field. Though there is no single avenue in which a person pursues the career of a healthcare simulation technology specialist (HSTS), this book outlines the extensive knowledge and variety of skills one must cultivate to be effective in this role. This book begins with an introduction to healthcare simulation, including personnel, curriculum, and physical space. Subsequent chapters address eight knowledge/skill domains core to the essential aspects of an HSTS. Best practices and innovations are provided, and the benefits of developing a collaborative relationship with industry stakeholders are discussed. Expertly written text throughout the book is supplemented with dozens of high-quality color illustrations, photographs, and tables.

Looking for more best of content? Check out our Top 50 Medical Simulation Articles of 2018 recap — its got all the must read content from last year easily summarized!

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