December 30, 2020By Lance Baily

Pocket Nurse SimTalk Blog: Top 10 Nursing Simulation Posts of 2020

During a year filled with unique healthcare simulation challenges due to COVID-19, Pocket Nurse has used the company’s SimTalk Blog to relay important educational information across the clinical simulation community in 2020. By supporting educational goals with accurate and comprehensive posts, the SimTalk Blog has helped bring informative content to readers across the world. Of these posts, here are the Top 10 Pocket Nurse SimTalk Blog posts of 2020:

1. Cleaning and Disinfecting Equipment in the Sim Lab

This SimTalk Blog post contains content from the SimGeeks podcast about medical simulation from William Belk and David Shablak. During this episode, Belk and Shablak discuss the importance of cleaning and disinfecting simulation equipment during the coronavirus pandemic. Together, they touch on terminology basics (cleaning, disinfection, etc.), the EPA’s “List N,” healthcare simulation mannequins, task trainers and disinfecting facilities. Ultimately, the duo stresses that the demand for proper cleaning and disinfecting equipment and strategies will remain high in the coming months.

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2. Virginia Henderson: The First Lady of Nursing

This post highlights the life and work of Virginia A. Henderson, a nurse theorist and educator who advocated for a positive view of the nursing profession. She developed the Nursing Need Theory, which is a way to define the focus of nursing practice by increasing patient independence to foster hospital progress. This post expands upon the 14 components of this theory, all of which are meant to demonstrate a holistic approach to nursing that explains physiological, psychological, spiritual and social patient needs.

3. Virtual Learning and Simulation Education

As virtual simulation learning was accelerated by the coronavirus, virtual reality technology has helped revolutionize healthcare simulation education. This post notes how stand-alone VR in simulation systems and mannequins that incorporate VR and augmented reality (AR) into simulators have become crucially important to the field. As examples of this technology, the SimTalk Blog highlights KbPort cloud-based solutions, VRpatients immersive training software and the XRconnectED technology platform.

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4. Stress Inoculation in Simulation Education

healthcare simulation professionals help learners prepare for stressful moments. This preparedness is essential for learners to experience, so that they are not shocked by the intensity of real-life medical scenarios. This post explains how stress inoculation training (SIT) can be used to prepare learners for situations that may otherwise cause panic, loss of focus, paralyzation or long-term burnout. For example, practicing SIT in medical simulation scenarios and classroom environments can help desensitize learners to some of the pressures they will experience in the field. Through this healthcare simulation education, learners can come to better identify what may trigger stress responses.

5. Hand-washing in the Age of Coronavirus

healthcare providers have been emphasizing the importance of hand-washing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 since the onset of the virus. This SimTalk Blog post emphasizes that hand-washing is the single most important protection against the spread of this infectious disease. Relaying “Hand-washing 101,” the post stresses that hands should be washed especially after caring for patients, after using the restroom and before eating. In other healthcare situations, an alcohol-based hand rub (ABHR) can be used.

6. Creating Simulations for Transgender Patient Care

Inclusivity is extremely important within healthcare simulation to ensure that learners are prepared to diagnose and treat a wide variety of patients. Included in these individuals are transgender patients, which are estimated to represent 0.6% to 1.2% of the United States population. Unfortunately, studies suggest that transgender patients who seek healthcare frequently face discrimination due to a lack of provider knowledge and bias. To deter such outcomes, the SimTalk Blog shares four key learning objectives which include describing barriers, identifying roles, evaluating effectiveness and identifying development tools.

7. CARES Act and Simulation Education

While educational institutions and facilities continue to face financial impacts resulting from COVID-19, they are being encouraged to apply to the CARES Act from the Department of Education. This act has made $6.3 billion available to provide financial aid grants, expand remote learning programs, build IT infrastructure to support those programs, and educate faculty to operate effectively in remote learning environments. To help maintain healthcare simulation education, a number of resources are available to deploy distance learning. These include the SimVS Hospital Complete simulation system, the VRpatients learning platform, and KbPort’s SimEMR and Virtual MedsManager.

8. The Challenges of Teaching Auscultation

To help increase the number of healthcare professionals able to identify diagnostic medical sounds, healthcare simulation and task trainers can be employed to teach heart, lung and organ sounds. Although dedicated education and repetition are necessary to learn the sounds that can be identified with a stethoscope, more healthcare simulation tools and devices to help instructors teach the art of listening are becoming available. This SimTalk Blog post includes testimonial information from Bill Boudreaux, a Cardionics client from University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine (UTMB).

9. 3 Ways to Build Camaraderie in the Virtual Classroom

As virtual learning becomes more prevalent, healthcare simulation educators have had to find alternative ways to promote camaraderie among learners. The SimTalk Blog explains that a sense of camaraderie is especially important within healthcare, because this mutual trust and friendship can help prevent a sense of career burnout while building stronger team relationships. Suggested methods for building camaraderie include to create a virtual gathering place to break the ice, and to set up a buddy system.

10. Creating Cultural Competency through Healthcare Simulation

The Pocket Nurse SimTalk Blog shares that by 2050, research estimates that minority populations will constitute half the general public in the United States. healthcare simulation presents a wonderful opportunity for learners to become educated about the needs and challenges of different populations, so that they can provide the best care possible. In addition to providing a safe environment to conduct cultural assessment, healthcare simulation can also elicit learners’ attitudes toward cross-cultural situations. Further, clinical simulation can improve communication, critical thinking and overall nursing skills to enable cross-cultural discussions.

More About Pocket Nurse

Pocket Nurse is a U.S.-based company that makes and distributes medical supplies and equipment for healthcare simulation and education in medicine, nursing, EMS, pharmacy and other allied health groups. The company’s products are extensively used in nursing simulation, but have applications across the entire range of the medical simulation industry.

The Pocket Nurse business began in 1992 with one product, the Pocket Organizer. This organizer was so popular, the solution led the way to the production and sale of over 5.600 products; which now include mannequins from Laerdal, moulage tools and headwalls. The company was founded and owned by a nurse, Anthony Battaglia, who continues to oversee the company.

Today, Pocket Nurse supplies a large variety of diagnostic equipment such as stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, skinfold calipers, otoscopes, mounted diagnostic stations and urine analyzers. The company also produces and distributes hospital furniture such as beds, stretchers and a variety of headwalls with oxygen outlets, suction and diagnostic equipment. Infection control products including personal protective equipment are available, along with an extensive collection of patient care products.

The company also has an archive available featuring all SimTalk Blog posts from August 2016 to date. Pocket Nurse plans to bring more informative content to healthcare simulation readers in 2021!

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