January 15, 2020By Lance Baily

Top 50 Clinical Simulation Posts of 2019!

Frequently imitated but never beat, we are thrilled to unveil our Top 50 Clinical Simulation Articles of 2019! One of our most popular posts all year, here you will the absolute best of medical simulation content from HealthySimulation.com covering the most influential debriefing techniques, new key terms, product innovations, design considerations, job templates, famous tools and many other helpful topics. Please be sure to share this article with all your simulation colleagues to spread the love, and consider sharing your simulation news with us in 2020 – maybe you will make the top too!

50. US State Nursing Simulation Regulations for Prelicensure Nursing Programs: The much quoted 2014 NCSBN National Simulation Study suggests that simulation can replace up to 50% of traditional clinical time without any effect on clinical competency, comprehensive nursing knowledge assessments, NCLEX pass rates or overall clinical competency after six months of post licensure practice. However, the report does specify that this equivalency is only valid when the simulation program is considered to be “high quality”. Here, Dr. Kim Baily, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE considers the use of nursing simulation in prelicensure nursing programs has increased significantly in the last decade.

49. CAE Healthcare Offers Clinical Simulation eBooks for Making Healthcare Safer: CAE Healthcare, a world-leading healthcare training solutions provider, released two informative electronic books in 2019 which focus on the increasing validity and value of medical simulation. By reading these eBooks, clinical simulation champions will gain insights into improving patient safety through healthcare simulation and how to utilize nursing simulation tools to improve learning and training outcomes. With these free tools, the company invites professionals in the healthcare industry to consider the positive impact that healthcare simulation has on clinical training, medical education, and the improvement of patient safety and outcomes. Perfect short reads for those new to our unique space!


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48. Value Proposition: What Is It and Why Does It Matter in Clinical Simulation? Value is the focus of an “outside-in” oriented organization focused on solving problems. Here Amy Wedeking Shannon, President and Principal Consultant at CaliberOne Solutions, helps us consider the features, benefits and value proposition: What’s the Difference and Why Does It Matter to Clinical Simulation? This common business practice can help your healthcare simulation program find new ways at providing better service to internal stakeholders and external clients, improving learning and training outcomes and increasing Return-on-Investment (ROI). Read Amy’s article to learn how!

47. How to Setup a Medical Simulation Lab Control Room using MacOS: Jeremy S. Kirkwood, BSHA, CHSOS, Coordinator of Simulation and Technology at Indiana University’s School of Nursing at the Fort Wayne Campus, submitted today’s helpful article covering How to Build a Medical Simulation Lab Control Room management system utilzing MacOS. Jeremy shares the story of his team coming to the realization that a new umbrella control system would be needed to manage their various brands of healthcare simulation technologies (especially A/V debriefing systems), and then covers how he used Apple Mac OS tools to get the job done!

46. ASPIH Vendor Video: Lifecast Body Simulation Unveils Realistic Vivienne Geriatric Female Simulator: Created from the team at Lifecast Body Simulation, Vivienne is a new mid-fidelity geriatric patient simulator with realistic skin and external anatomy for clinical skills education. This exclusive on camera interview with David Halliwell MSc, MCPara, helps to showcase the awesome realism of this new manikin.

45. How VR is Changing Healthcare Education & Training, Latest News: Scouring the web for the best medical simulation content we have come across numerous articles in the past few months which focus on Virtual Reality (VR) technologies in Medicine and Healthcare that we are sharing here. If you like this article, you should also check out how Simulated VR Training Improves Surgical Training by 130% & Other VR Sim Updates and Virtual Reality in Clinical Training: Global News From Around the World.


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44. The Role of Low-Fidelity Clinical Simulation in Labor and Delivery: In the context of reducing patient harm to maternal and newborn patients, this article from Laerdal discusses the role of low-fidelity simulation in labor and delivery. When planning simulation for Labor and Delivery (LD), it would be easy to assume a need for a high fidelity, full-bodied birthing simulator. But, depending on the learning goals of the curriculum, the degree of realism may not need to be extensive. Read more to learn why!

43. Using Medical Simulation to Build High-Performance Teams: In this article, our colleagues at Laerdal Medical share how healthcare organizations are using medical simulation to build high performance teams. Organizations who are leaders in delivering safe, patient-centered care have something in common –they all emphasize the importance of creating great teams. To help support your organization’s patient safety initiatives, in this article are some trends Laerdal has noticed in healthcare simulation!

42. 7 Practical Tips to Demonstrate Emotional Intelligence via Medical Simulation: Emotional intelligence is typically developed over time with extensive introspection, so consider these 7 tips to get started and demonstrate emotional intelligence via medical simulation on day one. Emotional Intelligence (EI) has been a buzzword and hot topic in leadership and management for several years now. There are books and blogs, seminars and workshops; and for every different method of learning about EI, the final message is to keep practicing.

41. Recorded Webinar: Best Evidence Use of Auscultation Simulation in Your Curriculum: Applying best evidence features of auscultation simulation will maximize the effectiveness and impact of your healthcare learning curriculum. Learn how to put these principles into practice using Next Generation Harvey and UMedic, proven systems for teaching and assessing your learners’ skills, by watching this recorded webinar from the team at the Michael S. Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education!

40. 9 Key Questions on Simulation-Based Learning, Answered! Here we take a look at 9 Key Questions on Simulation-Based Learning, addressed and answered by Healthcare Learning Innovation’s Executive Director of Learning Innovation, Trevor Rasmusson. Trevor provides us an insider’s perspective on content, coding and effective teaching for today’s students.

39. How To Enhance Simulation Team Communication Through Slack: Slack is a tool that can help streamline your electronic team-based communication. Here Matthew Charnetski explores how to combat multiple threads of communication crossing different tools (ie email, text and voice) and the power Slack has to help mitigate this. This is a must read for simulation program coordinators!

38. How to Find Space in Your Curricula for More Clinical Simulation: Building a program from the ground up is a luxury that is more and more rare. How does one find more spaces where simulation might be appropriate in their curricula? As more methodologies become available and the learning audience changes, adapting one’s curricula to the changing times is essential. Here, Matthew Charnetski shares how to find the space!

37. Blindfolded Medical Simulation Training Improves Team Leader Resuscitation Performance: This post covers a study entitled “Effects of Blindfold on Leadership in Pediatric Resuscitation Simulation: A Randomized Trial” from Frontiers in Pediatrics, which demonstrated the same learning works in more controlled clinical environments too like simulation centers — demonstrating an 11% increase in leadership skills of Pediatric Team Leaders in resuscitation scenarios. “Our study suggests that blindfolding the leader during pediatric resuscitation simulation sessions might improve leadership skills training,” says lead author Dr Michael Buyck of the Geneva University Children’s Hospital, Switzerland.

36. How to Develop a Mass Casualty Incident Simulation: MCI Simulations are rapidly becoming a core training exercise for EMS organizations and medical systems. How does one plan for and execute a high quality, large scale medical simulation Mass Casualty Incident Training event? Here Matthew Charnetski takes a closer examination at how to create effective MCI simulations events, coordinating people, systems, moulage, victims, and debriefings.

35. Use Cases for Nursing Simulation in Urban & Rural Community Health Education: When teaching urban community health programs or rural community health students, Healthcare Simulation provides many benefits that should be considered. For example, In urban settings, there are increased risks for students new to community visits. In rural settings, great distances reduce the ability to tackle assignments in an effective manner. In both cases, providing access to rare patient cases that nursing simulation students and other professions must engage with is crucial! In this article we take a look at some key use cases for simulation in community health education via Healthcare Learning Innovation’s Sentinel City.

34. Australia’s NHET-Sim Program Offers International Simulation Champions Online Courses for Next to Nothing!: The National Health Education and Training in Simulation Program, aka NHET-Sim, is Australia’s nationwide training program for healthcare professionals and their educators aimed at improving clinical training capacity. NHET-Sim is designed for anyone who currently or intends to use simulation as an educational method to support the development of healthcare students and professionals. The program consists of online modules and in person workshops on simulation-based education and has been developed and reviewed by leaders in the simulation field across Australia and internationally.

33. How To Paint Realistic Silicone Skin: Online Moulage Course from Stan Winston School: The Stan Winston School is the world’s premiere online destination for learning the art & technology of character creation from Award-winning Hollywood professionals. Recently Ilana Sloggatt shared with us some courses which she feels provide moulage training opportunities to our medical simulation community, starting with “How To Paint Realistic Silicone Skin – Silicone Painting Techniques” from Creature Effects Master Tim Gore (Hellboy, Fantastic Four, Jurassic Park 2).

32. How to Develop a Successful Large Scale IPE Simulation Event: While developing Interprofessional Education (IPE) can present a series of unique challenges, developing a large scale IPE training event be down right overwhelming. This article, guest authored by Matthew Charnetski, MSMS, NRP, Director of Simulation Learning at NYIT at Arkansas State University and Adjunct Faculty at Drexel University, provides a closer look at what it takes to develop large scale IPE events by providing experienced advice on the matter.

31. How Virtual Reality Trains Situational Awareness in Healthcare SimulationGuest post by Dr. Maddox which explores how Virtual Reality provides the ideal tool for healthcare simulation situational awareness training because it engages multiple learning systems in the brain in synchrony. Situational awareness, defined as the ability to understand how information, events and actions impact the current and future situations, is critical in healthcare settings. Whether making a decision on the appropriate pharmacological or surgical intervention, healthcare professionals must make quick and accurate decisions under duress (e.g., time or social pressure), knowing full well that the situation could change drastically within minutes.

30. Healthcare Simulation Degree Programs: Comprehensive List: Healthcare Simulation Degree programs sure are few and far apart! No matter, we have a comprehensive list of Medical Simulation Degree programs to help out. Today we help to take a look at the Master’s in Medical Simulation degree programs available for clinical simulation educators and program coordinators, as well as start to explore the Associate’s degree programs available for medical simulation technicians and operational support specialists. These specialized degree program’s from leading healthcare educational institutions around the world will help champions build their professional experience in clinical simulation! And here we take a deeper dive into the Two Newest Online Master’s Degree Programs for Healthcare Simulation.

29. Building a Simulated EHR in Excel, with Template from Marymount University: Today 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!

28. New Healthcare Simulation Resource Pages: Debriefing, Birthing Simulators, Sim Centers & More: Simulation Champions looking to learn or share more about key topics in healthcare simulation will find great use of some of the new pages HealthySimulation.com has created over the past month. Topics range from explaining a simulation center (or simulation centre in some parts of the world), to what a patient simulator, birthing simulator, simulation debriefing, and more! Love these helpful “Keyterm” articles? Check out these other popular articles from 2019:

27. 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. Dr. Kim Baily covers IV Site Access for Medical Simulation, with Assessment Template shared here!

26. How to Cultivate Student Engagement in Healthcare Simulation: As we all know, student engagement in a tricky term! Instructors need to make sure students are involved, inquisitive, inspired, and interested. Today Dawn takes a closer look at how to successfully engage Generation Z learners in the field of clinical education. Student engagement can be a tricky term. Generally speaking, it means that students are successfully learning because a class is engaging – that students are involved, inquisitive, inspired, and interested. The amount of interest and involvement a student experiences during clinical simulation learning, the more engaged they are.

25. Latest Nursing Simulation Content from Pocket Nurse’s SimTalk Blog: The SimTalk Blog provides insightful articles for nursing simulation educators, ranging on topics from scenario development to selecting the right medication administration simulator, and from building inclusive programs to reducing cognitive overload for faculty educators — SimTalk Blog is covering it all. Today we share some of their latest published posts to help you build your healthcare simulation programs!

24. Leading Nurse Educators Launch Free ‘Essentials of Clinical Simulation’ Online Course: Suzie Kardong-Edgren, Professor and Director of the Regional Research and Innovation in Simulation Education (RISE) Center at Robert Morris University alongside colleagues which includes Dr. Pam Jeffries, Dean of the George Washington University School of Nursing, recently announced a new Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) entitled “Essentials in clinical simulation across the health professions”. Each of the 7 modules is interactive, taught by recognized nursing simulation experts, and covers basic information essential for those new to this emerging professional field. Let’s take a closer look!

23. Latest Pediatric Simulation Research Shared by IPSS: The International Pediatric Simulation Society (IPSS) is dedicated entirely to pediatric, perinatal, and associated health care providers and organizations utilizing simulation-based education to improve care and safety for children. Edward J. Rovera recently shared on LinkedIn about the latest IPSS Pediatric Simulation reading list form the organization — an incredibly useful list of must read publications we are sharing here today. While on the topic, we also take a closer look at the IPSS and their support of paediatrics simulation worldwide!

22. Everything You Missed At The Level 3 Healthcare Simulation Operations Boot Camp: As the healthcare simulation industry grows, it also gets more competitive. Medical Simulation programs are expanding, simulation technology is evolving, and anyone interested in a career in simulation needs to stay ahead of it all. To give current and future simulation technicians and operations specialists a leg up on their competition, Level 3 Healthcare recently hosted their first Simulation Operations 2019 Boot Camp, check out the recap here!

21. CAE Luna Infant Simulator – Exclusive IMSH 2019 Video Demo & Bonus Dr. Patel Healthcare Academy Interview: Here was our first look at Luna from CAE Healthcare, the latest infant simulator for medical simulation. With a multitude of features, the new baby simulator provides a significant evolution of innovation from previous products by CAE (being their first wireless neonate manikin), all of which are covered in this short video! Watch the video to learn more about precious Luna today, along with a special bonus interview with Dr. Amar Patel, Chief Learning Officer for CAE Healthcare, about the latest news from their Healthcare Academy!

20. Helpful Guide for the Assessment of Clinical Competence Using Simulation: Looking for a short but powerful guide on using Healthcare Simulation to assess clinical competence? Today we shared a 56 page Clinical Simulation Assessment Guide, led by A/Professor Fiona Bogossian from the University of Queensland and Professor Craig Vincent-Lambert of the University of Johannesburg, which was produced in 2017 by the U21 Health Sciences Group out of South Africa. The publicly available Field Guide is aimed at assisting novice simulation practitioners and health science academics to become more involved in the design and application of simulation for clinical teaching, learning and assessment.

19. How to Market Your Healthcare Simulation Labs To Increase Student Enrollment: Roseman University is doing it right Sim Champs, with their article “What to Expect from Your Nursing Simulation Lab” which demonstrates the simulated learning opportunities the institution provides enrolled Nursing students. Nursing Simulation programs that invest heavily into clinical simulation staff, spaces, and technologies should promote those investments to prospective students, highlighting why their institution provides a leg up with modernized simulated training that other local programs may not offer. Here we provide the resources necessary to  “make it so”!

18. Physiology: The “Force” Behind Healthcare Simulation HealthySimulation.com Article Series: Although this article series was started in 2018, Dr. Baily’s continued series into 2019 (at Part 6A) covered the importance of understanding physiology when developing medical simulation experiences. Some simulation team members may have a limited background in physiology or medicine and an understanding of basic physiological concepts can help them better understand clinical simulation. Physiology is defined as the study of how the body works.

17. Simulated Patient Network Provides Free Learning Materials: The Simulated Patient Network (SPN) website aims to provide individuals interested in simulated patient (SP) aka, Standardized Patients, practice and support from a network to share with and from each other. Formerly known as the Victorian Simulated Patient Network (VSPN) website, this resource is now open and free to all medical simulation champions from around the world!

16. meds2GROW Provides Affordable Way to Teach Safe Medication Administration to Nursing Students: A common struggle encountered by undergraduate nursing education programs is how to sufficiently expose students to medication administration best practices prior to graduation given the limited opportunities to participate in the process during hospital clinical experiences. There are two major limitations encountered in regards to teaching best practices of medication administration outside of the clinical setting: budget and fidelity. meds2GROW offers a low-cost solution with a high-tech feel which allows for unlimited high stakes skill practice, in the safety of nursing simulation programs.

15. Play to Train: Seriously Fun Medical Board Games for Clinical Learning: Medical board games, critical thinking games for nursing students, and healthcare board games in general offer unique learning opportunities for educational, training, and patient safety programs utilizing healthcare simulation methodologies to improve outcomes. From the ER to disease infection control, and from medical terminology to neonatal resuscitation, here is a comprehensive list of some of the best board games for healthcare, including some key research highlights which demonstrate educational success with the playful medium!

14. 6 Ways Serious Games Improve Clinical Learning Outcomes: Growing evidence shows a significant link between repetitive practice, content retention, and academic performance—which is why forward-thinking healthcare educators are looking for concrete ways to jumpstart learners’ comprehension, intuition, and long-term retention abilities. Designed to primarily educate and secondarily entertain, serious games and gamified learning environments place users in an environment where “play” leads to skill development. Medical Simulation users must consider where and how “Serious games” like SimPHARM from Education Management Solutions can help.

13. Clinical Simulation Tools for Diabetes Education: Did you know that November is Diabetes Awareness Month? Each year this month is observed to raise awareness with individuals, healthcare professionals, organizations, and communities across the country who are directly or indirectly affected by Diabetes. Here, we take a closer look at Diabetes and some of the key healthcare simulation learning theories from Dr. Kim Baily and helpful educational tools Pocket Nurse provides to help educators teach this this serious disease.

12. 9 Key Considerations When Designing a Sim Lab: Designing a simulation lab is a multi-step process that involves extensive planning. Following a needs assessment, the learning requirements and characteristics of the learners are identified and measurable objectives are written. These objectives will dictate the type of healthcare simulation needed as well as indicate the type of equipment and space requirements to meet the program goals. Below guest author Dr. Kim Baily PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, covers the first 9 of 20 key considerations that might prove useful for planning a nursing or medical simulation laboratory! Love this article? Here is Part 2 with 11 more Sim Lab Design Considerations, and also Mistakes To Avoid When Designing a Medical Simulation Center!

11. Oxford Medical Simulation Transforms Healthcare Education with Virtual Reality: Oxford Medical Simulation (OMS) develops true to life virtual reality healthcare simulation scenarios, with full feedback and debrief capabilities, to allow VR to do the work, so sim labs can be more efficient and effective in their educational and training process. OMS has designed their VR simulation system to be seamlessly embedded into any university or hospital simulation center or skills lab. With complete libraries of scenario content for RN, ANP, nursing student, medical student, resident, behavioral health, and community health, your program can get the ground running with VR training with Oxford Medical Simulation. Like that article? Follow it up with these Case Studies of Using VR in Nursing Education!

Top 10 Medical Simulation Articles of 2019!

10. 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. Deeper dives into some of the chapters include:

9. Debriefing Articles with Templates!

  • 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. Here we 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.
  • PEARLS Debriefing Framework with Debrief2Learn Tool: In 2015, Dr. Walter Eppich and Dr. Adam Cheng published a blended approach to debriefing entitled Promoting Excellence and Reflective Learning in Simulation (PEARLS) , which with key online links to tools linked! 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.
  • Gather – Analyze – Summarize: The Simple GAS Method for Healthcare Simulation Debriefing (w/ Quick Template): 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!
  • Debriefing Medical Simulation Using Good Judgment with UW Template: Debriefing with Good Judgment is a debriefing theory developed by Rudolph, Simon, Dufresne and Raemer in 2006. The method is based on the idea that learners must reflect on their own actions to identify existing work practices/routines and their own assumptions. Without such self-review, learners are closed to changes and thus may continue with ineffective habits. According to Kolbe, experience alone limits the development of clinical expertise however, the addition of careful reflection, facilitates expert practice.
  • Downloadable DASH Debriefing Tools From Center for Medical Simulation:Although the glitzy part of healthcare simulation often focuses on high fidelity manikins, most learning occurs during the debriefing. Debriefing clinical simulation experiences is increasingly understood as a crucial step in clarifying and consolidating insights and lessons from simulations. The Debriefing Assessment for Simulation in Healthcare (DASH) is designed to assist in evaluating and developing debriefing skills. Here our team examines the theory, practice, and tools of DASH as made available from the Center for Medical Simulation — including a link to their free DASH debriefing tools!

8. Healthcare Simulation Prebriefing Checkoff Sheet Template: Prebriefing is an important component of healthcare simulation which should be planned along with the simulation scenario development and debriefing activities. Here, Dr. Kim Baily takes a look at pre briefing as well as provides a template document checklist to help ensure your success!

7. Why Every Nursing Simulation Program Needs to Consider the BD Pyxis MedStation ES: The team from Medical Shipment shared with us the compelling article below explaining why every nursing simulation program needs to consider the BD Pyxis MedStation ES, as supported by Dr. Pam Jeffries. We tend to agree, as many nursing programs are located in regions with health systems using the Pyxis medication administration devices. Training healthcare students with simulated versions of the actual devices they will use when they become qualified practitioners, provides for a higher level of realism. This improves learning outcomes and reduces stressors on the new graduate, ultimately leading to increased retention.

6. Job Description Templates!

  • Clinical Simulation Educator Job Description w/ Downloadable Template: Job descriptions for simulation Educators vary considerably from institution to institution depending on the overall goals of the parent institution (service versus academia) and the type of simulation (human patient simulators, virtual reality, standardized patients). Other variables relate to the size of the simulation program, multidisciplinary use of the sim laboratory facilities, the specific role of individual employees (technical, educational, administration, management, coordinator) and budget. Thus the responsibilities of a simulation educator are often quite varied and may include any or all of the following:
  • Healthcare Simulation Coordinator Job Description w/ Downloadable Template: Healthcare Simulation Coordinators oversee the daily operation of simulation laboratories/centers. 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 here!
  • Simulation Technician Entry Level Job Description Downloadable Template: Here we take a look at the general entry level requirements of a Sim Tech position and provide a downloadable template for your program to use as a starting point. Additional articles related to simulation staffing of Sim Techs and other positions can be found on our Medical Simulation Jobs page, including where to find Sim Techs, how to train them, and what to pay them!
  • Experienced Simulation Technician Job Description w/ Downloadable Template: Simulation Operations Specialists aka Simulation Technicians support healthcare simulation by providing technical support for the many diverse pieces of equipment found in simulation. The attached job description includes comprehensive lists of job responsibilities and requirements. The document should be adjusted to suit your institutional requirements. For example, requirements related to Standardized Patients are not relevant to all simulation centers.

5. Clinical Simulation: A Key Strategy for Improving Patient Safety: The role of healthcare simulation in improving patient safety expands every year however, persuading hospital and clinic administrators to increase funding for simulation may be challenging.Today’s article was guest author Dr. Kim Baily PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, previous Simulation Coordinator for Los Angeles Harbor College and Director of Nursing for El Camino College reviews an excellent research article by Paige, Fairbanks and Gaba (2018) entitled Priorities Related to Improving Healthcare Safety Through Simulation. Although the article focuses on medical simulation research design for improving patient safety, it provides detailed information about the many benefits of clinical simulation.

4. ROI Framework for Healthcare Simulation: Covering this paper by Bukhari, Andreatta, Goldiez and Rabelon (2017) provides a detailed methodology for determining the monetary return on investment for medical simulation. The authors were interested in creating a new framework which could used to measure not only tangible and quantitative benefits of simulation but the intangible and qualitative benefits as well.

3. Healthcare Simulation Scenario Development Checklist w/ Downloadable Form: Once the learning needs are identified and learning objectives created, scenarios are developed which will assist learners in meeting the learning objectives. All facets of simulation design should be included in a scenario development checklist such as determination of fidelity required, type of simulation, prebriefing and debriefing strategies, manikins and equipment needed, faculty/content expert review and pilot testing.

2. Downloadable NCLEX Test Plan Checklists for Nursing Simulation: The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has developed a licensure examination, the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), which is used by member board jurisdictions and most Canadian nursing regulatory bodies, to assist in making licensure decisions. In this article, Dr. Kim Baily, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, previous Simulation Coordinator for Los Angeles Harbor College and Director of Nursing for El Camino College, shares two Downloadable Test Plan Checklists for Nursing Simulation programs to help evaluate both medical simulation scenarios and their programs.

1. Complete List of Clinical Simulation Conferences in 2020: Clinical Simulation conferences are an absolute must for professionals seeking to start or expand their institution’s healthcare simulation programs. As there are very few educational pathways for Medical Simulation professionals, participating in simulation in healthcare conferences like SimGHOSTS, ASPIH 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 coming up in 2020 that provide a range of focused simulation learning, networking, and vendor engagement opportunities, so save the dates for these special conferences and simulation workshop events listed here, we will see you there!

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