March 25, 2022By Lance Baily

Top 3 Healthcare Simulation Courses & Webinars for Clinical Learners

Since the launch of’s LEARN platform, so many of our clinical simulation supporters have chosen to register for one or more of the educational healthcare simulation courses or medical simulation webinars. Through the contributions of each presenter, along with feedback from participants, has been able to bring insights to simulationists worldwide! This article shares the top three most popular healthcare simulation courses and webinars to date. Whether someone is a clinical simulation learner, professional, or leader, everyone within the industry can benefit from these experiences directly! Please consider sharing this information with healthcare simulation peers and colleagues!

Top 3 Clinical Simulation Courses

3) SPN M1: Foundations of Standardized Patient Methodology: Instructed by Debra Nestel AM Ph.D., FAcadMed FSSH, Cathy Smith Ph.D., MA, BA(Hons), CHSE, and Jennifer Harlim Ph.D. MBA BA(Hons), this online 5-hour beginner CE course introduces fundamental concepts in simulated participant Standardized Patient methodology.

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Foundation Program (M1) introduces the concept of SP methodology. It covers covering key terms and scope of practice, it considers the who, what, why, and how of the method and acknowledges its origins. The scope of practice of SPs and their unique features are also discussed. The instructors outline standards associated with SP methodology and share some of their favorite SP methodology resources. You’re introduced to a wide range of resources with core and extension work by experts in the field. Throughout the course, you’re encouraged to make meaning of the content for your own setting. Learning objectives include:

  • Define the terms – “standardized patient” and simulated patient (SP)
  • Recognize different terms used in SP methodology
  • Outline the scope of practice of SPs
  • Outline standards associated with SP methodology
  • Describe where to find really good resources on SP methodology

2) Using Healthcare Simulation to Improve Medication Administration Safety: Instructed by Dr. Kim Baily, Ph.D., MSN, RN, this limited time only 6+ hour intermediate course is designed to help clinical educators learn how to best identify, design, integrate, and assess the use of clinical simulation when training for medication administration. Alarming error statistics and the need for improved medication administration practices are demonstrated, with the knowledge, tools, and resources provided to begin addressing those concerns. Additionally, the course includes a breakdown of innovative clinical simulation technologies effective in providing med admin training and 2 simulation scenario templates! Learning objectives include:

  • Identify the current sources and types of medication administration errors, as well as the options for reporting such errors as a means to improving practice.
  • Describe how human simulation-based learning can be used to improve patient safety during the medication administration process by training staff and identifying potential system errors.
  • Apply evidence-based simulation theory and practice to create scenarios that enhance medication administration safety.

1) Clinical Simulation 101: The Basics: Instructed by Deb Tauber MSN, RN, CHSE, CEN, this self-paced 4+ hour CE beginner course is designed to help clinical educators and others learn about Clinical Simulation. The course covers the history and terminology, accreditation and best practices, equipment and technology, technology and realism, prebriefing, simulation, debriefing, and operations.

This course breaks down the fundamentals of simulation in an easy-to-understand and fun format. The course is loaded with internationally recognized subject matter experts! Additional bonus tools are available to download and customize for a simulation center. Learning objectives include:

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  • Identify different types of simulation and experiential learning for clinical practice.
  • Describe how simulation learning can be applied to prebriefing, simulation, and debriefing for helping learners better understand clinical situations.
  • Apply lessons from this course to utilize within your program to create real-world experiences for learners.

Top 3 Clinical Simulation Webinars

3) Important Considerations When Designing a New Simulation Center: Presented by Patti Reuther MS, RN, CHSE and Patrick Leiby III, BA, this one-hour, intermediate webinar covers how to design a multi-profession healthcare simulation center including stakeholder identification, budgeting, floor planning, and process management. Designing a simulation center is a unique opportunity, combining complex education technology and healthcare spaces.

Few space designers have expertise in both. It falls on the users of simulation to make sure the final result is a success. In this presentation, we discuss the various partners involved, considerations in design and technology. Proper planning is critical to achieving success. Gain insights into the experiences including how to think about simulation center design, evaluating user needs, assessing technology, and space considerations. Learning objectives include:

  • Describe key components of successful planning for a healthcare simulation center.
  • Derive the key players relative to their own clinical simulation center.
  • Analyze their role in the process of designing a medical simulation center.

2) Benchmarking, Metrics, and Data, Why It Matters for Healthcare Simulation: Presented by Phillip Wortham, MBA, BA, CHSOS-A, this one-hour, intermediate webinar offers 1 Contact Hour of RN CE. The clinical simulation CE presentation will answer the question as to why collecting metrics and data for your simulation program is so important.

Data can be a powerful tool that can be used to drive continuous improvement, best practices, patient safety, and quality and to benchmark against other simulation programs in our community and around the globe. The standardized collection of metrics and data is the next frontier of the healthcare simulation world and will become standard practice.

This work ensures that programs are saving time and money and are reducing waste. Ultimately, adding value to the organization which in turn provides a return on investment (ROI), or a return on expectation (ROE). There are simple steps that can help build a strong foundation for such data collection and integration. This presentation will cover the importance of data collection and why it matters, steps to implementation, and examples of successful simulation programs metrics and data collection implementation. Learning objectives include:

  • Describe the importance of collecting meaningful data in their daily activities.
  • Explain how to collect data and sync it to overall institutional data.
  • Examine how other programs have implemented data collection processes into their daily activities.

1) Creating A Simulation Center Cost Model: Can You Afford Not To?: Presented by Kerri Oshust MRT (MR), MBA, this one-hour, intermediate webinar is intended for those with a new simulation center or those who would like to develop or modify an existing costing model. A costing model is essential to scale a simulation center. It can help build and create business cases for future needs and growth. Creating the foundational model allows it to be easily altered based on the needs of clients.

This session will include the benefits of having a structured costing model and the information required to build an effective, accurate costing model. This course will also cover the process used to construct a costing model at a new Simulation Centre and the lessons learned throughout the process. Learning objectives include:

  • Describe what a costing model is and why it’s important to a medical simulation center.
  • Determine the information needed to build an effective costing model for simulation in healthcare.
  • Explain the process used to build a clinical simulation costing model including lessons learned and important tips.

More About Webinars’s streamlined clinical simulation webinar platform relaunched in February, and has since featured even more informative and insightful healthcare simulation presentations! These webinars offer live and on-demand content from some of the world’s leading healthcare simulation experts, covering everything necessary to successfully start, develop or expand a clinical simulation program. Topics range from safe medication administration to moulage and manikin functions. Many webinar presentations are recorded and viewable from anywhere at any time.

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