January 7, 2014By Lance Baily

Building the Future of Nursing: New Book Has Healthcare Simulation Strategies

The NLN recently released a collection of peer-reviewed articles in a book entitled Innovations in Nursing Education: Building the Future of Nursing edited by Linda Captui, EdD, RN which was co-published by: Wolters Kluwer and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Chapter 6, entitled “Putting It All Together: Building A Multidisciplinary, Multi-Institutional Clinical Simulation Center, was co-authored by myself, Dr. Carolyn Yucha, Dr. Shirlee Synder, Dr. Bar-on and David Frommer AIA. The article covered the three year development process of building the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas – which is a 31,000 sq. ft. facility shared among the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Nursing, Nevada State College School of Nursing and the University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine.

The peer-reviewed paper covers the initial funding model, collaborative meeting structure, room layout designs, initial staffing roadmaps and important lessons learned of the three-school simulation center. Most importantly the article touches on the administrative commitments that were necessary to build a collaborative healthcare learning space – which were indeed permanent and quite serious as “meetings were generally held biweekly over the course of 18 months before the center opened”.

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Staffing notes reminded the reader that “because the field of healthcare simulation is rather new, hiring experienced healthcare simulation technicians was a challenge. Therefore, simulation technicians were selected based on their backgrounds in either healthcare of technology, work ethic, interpersonal and organizational skills, ability to work as a team, and comfort with ambiguity.”

A few of the lessons learned include:

  • Plan to invest far more time in collaborative projects.
  • Identify the stakeholders early in the process
  • Take time to reflect on achievements when it seems as though profess is not forthcoming.

The 24-chapter book also includes other simulation-based papers including “Out of the SimLab and into the Classroom: Using High-Fidelity Simulation as an Active Classroom Teaching Strategy” and “Mid-Scenario Reflection: A Teaching Strategy for Simulation in Nursing Education”.

You can buy Building the Future of Nursing on amazon.com!

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