September 29, 2021By Lance Baily

Last Day: Intro to Healthcare Simulation Online 4 CE Course Launches Today!

Tooday at 3PM Pacific, UTC-7, HealthySimulation.com is thrilled to host Dr. Debra Nestel, PhD, FAcadMed FSSH for the launch of her new online 4 CE Course “Introduction to Healthcare Simulation”! With instant access to all online materials and two live Q&A sessions with Dr. Nestel starting today, those looking to launch themselves into healthcare simulation can now easily register to participate with the launch cohort at a $50 discounted rate! Here we take a closer look at the new course from one of the world’s leading simulation champions!

Introduction to Healthcare Simulation Key Points

  • Instructor: Debra Nestel PhD, FAcadMed FSSH
  • Location: Instant online access starting September 8th, 3PM Pacific.
  • Access: 3 Months of 24/7 access online.
  • 4 RN CE Contact Hours: Get Continuing Education Contact Hours to continue your professional development! Instantly download following CE completion criteria. (CA-BRN Lic#17566)
  • Method: Digital lessons in Video, Audio and text. Live Q&A sessions.
  • 2 Live Q&A Sessions: Bring any question and ask the experts!
  • Learner Discussion Group: Connect with peers via chat room and engage with learning materials directly together.
  • $50 Discount: This is the last chance to get $50 off registration
  • 30-Day Money Guarantee: We are so confident in this course that if you are dissatisfied for any reason, we will refund your registration no questions asked.

Full Course Abstract: The new “Introduction to Healthcare Simulation” 4 CE hour course provides an opportunity to explore fundamental concepts in simulation practice. While it is designed for those new to simulation, experienced practitioners have also benefited as they explore contemporary content. There is a focus on simulation as an educational method.


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The course, which opens today September 29th at 3PM PDT, encourages participants to make meaning of the varied content in light of their own experiences. Nestel will explore the language of simulation within and outside of healthcare, acknowledge historical influences on contemporary practices, consider a wide range of simulators and their applications and review diverse resources. On completion, participants will have covered foundational content preparing them to approach healthcare simulation both constructively and critically.

6 Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Navigate the language of healthcare simulation: Communities of practice are characterized by the language they use and the specialist nature of their practices. For this first objective, we explore commonly used terms and others that feature in simulation practices. These terms include briefing, debriefing, scenarios, observer roles, mastery learning, realism and more. Of course, we place them in context to offer greater meaning.
  2. List common applications of simulation in healthcare: Threaded through the course, we identify common applications of simulation in healthcare. We share our own and draw on others’ experiences. We link application to simulation modalities and acknowledge both their features and limitations.
  3. Outline the contemporary history of healthcare simulation: We acknowledge the long history of healthcare simulation but focus on the contemporary quality and safety agenda – this is the centre piece of most health services. Research on simulation has increased exponentially in the last 30 years. We know simulation works, we just need to better understand how to use it optimally. We have a look at other high reliability industries – to learn how they manage safety – and simulation is a key tool. We also learn how collaborative projects have led to the development of current simulators. With their origins in Resusci Anne, Harvey and Ms Chase, we now have access to a wide range of simulators supported by diverse technologies – virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed realities.
  4. Review drivers for the uptake of healthcare simulation: The course explores several drivers to healthcare simulation and participants are encouraged to examine those relevant to their own settings. Examples include: the already mentioned quality and safety movement in healthcare; the growing research evidence-base for the effectiveness of simulation as an educational method and in identifying system/process strengths and limitations; the ethical imperative of not causing harm to patients by learning on them when there are alternative approaches through simulation; and many more.
  5. Identify resources for building your healthcare simulation practice: A feature of the course is the access it provides to many resources. It offers links to professional societies, simulation journals, books, podcasts and industry websites.
  6. Describe a range of simulation modalities: The course makes clear that simulation is not a single thing, there are many modalities, and they are evolving all the time. Again, I’ve thread reference to simulation modalities through the course including the more common – task trainers and part-task trainers, manikins, virtual patients and simulated participants. Some of these modalities are also supported by different types of technologies including virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality.

Recorded Live Q&A Zoom Events:

  • September 29th, 3PM Pacific Launch and Q&A Session
  • November 10th, 2PM Pacific Q&A Session

Anonymous  Participant Feedback From Dr. Nestel’s Other Online Course Participants:




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“The best thing about this course is that I can work through it at my own pace, it’s logical. You can see how the ideas build. And the access to resources is great. Actually, they’re fantastic. I’ve now drafted my first Simulated role.”

“I’m an OSCE examiner and I’ve always wondered who wrote the SP roles or the stations. Dr. Nestel’s course has made it really clear to me who should write them and how. I just never thought about getting patients and SPS involved with clinicians. It’s obvious now.”

“Straight forward guidance on writing SP roles from experienced practitioners. There’s an honesty about the content – what’s hard and what’s easy.”

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