September 8, 2020By Christina Keatley

Overcoming EMS Staffing Challenges Through Virtual Training

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Presentation Details

October 9, 2020 at 1:00 PM, Pacific Coast Time Zone

Presented by: Christina Keatley MHS, NRP

Presentation Abstract

As if staffing wasn’t already difficult, COVID-19 has made training, certifying and hiring qualified providers an even greater challenge. Research shows more than half of employers report hiring employees that don’t meet entry-level competency. It’s the “meat in seats” mentality to just hire anybody that applies, even if they lack the critical thinking skills for the job.

Online, immersive training platforms like VRpatients are assisting agencies with administrative tasks involving entry-level competency testing or evaluation of critical thinking skills of new and experienced providers. In this webinar, Christina Keatley, NRP and co-founder of MedUltra Learning, discusses how online training simulation applications like VRpatients are helping agencies overcome administrative hiring challenges such as:
– Pre-employment screening for entry-level competency
– Orientation to immerse new employees into medical and trauma treatment protocols, policies, and procedures.
– Assist with formative and summative assessments within a Field Training Evaluation Program (FTEP)
– Supplemental case studies for in-house continuing education
– Release-to-Practice Evaluations with the Medical Director
– Competency testing to evaluate progress in Performance Improvement Plans (PIPS), Medical Review Board cases, Corrective Actions, etc.

Duration (Hours): 1
Type of Offering: Webinar
Teaching Method: Lecture with Slide Presentation

Learning Objectives

  1. Dentify common pandemic pitfalls found in the training process of newly hired EMS providers.
  2. Understand how to apply immersive training to evaluate entry-level competency for pre-employment
  3. Describe how invaluable EMS simulation training can be for preparing new hires for the field (i.e. exposure to high risk, low frequency cases)

Suggested Learner Level: Intermediate

Presenter Biography

Christina Keatley MHS, NRP
EMS Consultant

Christina Keatley is a nationally registered paramedic and certified provider in North Carolina. She has practiced paramedicine at Person County Emergency Medical Services (PCEMS) of Roxboro, NC since 2010. As a member of the department, Christina has assumed leadership roles and most recently held the Compliance Officer position. Christina is the owner and co-founder of MedUltra Learning, LLC. in Durham, NC, an American Heart Association Training Site and team of content developers in prehospital education. She holds a NC Level II Paramedic Instructor certification and has instructed a variety of courses at Durham Technical Community College since 2011. Christina graduated from Western Carolina University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science concentrating in Emergency Medical Care. She completed her Master of Health Science from Western Carolina University in 2017. She enjoys working on the ambulance and giving back to the community. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach, camping, fishing, and spending time with her husband and son.



Category: Faculty/Staff
Tags: #ems, ems education, ems training, emt, ew, immersive learning, paramedic, pre-hire assessment, sim education, sim learning, virtual learning, virtual reality, vr, vr training