Simulation Education

What You’ll Learn at The Level 3 HC Simulation Boot Camp and Why You Need It

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Are You a Simulation Technician? This Training Is for You

Your organization might be ready to shell out the money for a new or expanded healthcare simulation lab, but are you, the simulation technician, fully prepared to operate and manage it? Don’t fret if the answer is no, or maybe, or I don’t know. Level 3 Healthcare’s Simulation Boot Camp will teach you everything you need to know to succeed in your sim tech role, as well as help your organization’s simulation program succeed.

What Simulation Technicians Can Expect from Level 3’s Boot Camp

The Foundation of a Career in Healthcare Simulation

Whether you’re building a new simulation lab or expanding an existing one, you need the right people and tools to succeed. And those people and tools should follow well-defined standards that support the goals and objectives of your healthcare simulation program. Courses will cover information like:

  • Simulation healthcare basics. Learn various job descriptions for roles like simulation technician and operations specialist. Also, discover what is required to operate and run a successful simulation lab.
  • Technologies in simulation. Learn the roles mannequins, virtual reality, Pulse IDM, and other modern technologies play in healthcare simulation.
  • Principles and standardization’s. Learn about AV9000 quality management, as well as how to design an educational matrix.

Hands-On Experience with Tools and Tech

To be the best simulation technician, you need to know how to choose and properly use simulation equipment. Boot Camp classes that prepare you for everyday lab maintenance and repair include:

  • CAT6 and SLR Termination. Learn about the three different types of network cable termination and get hands-on practice with each.
  • Pneumatics Refresh. Learn how pneumatics—which produce realistic movements for your simulated scenarios—work in each manufacturer’s mannequin, and how to troubleshoot issues.
  • Soldering Refresh and Project. Review the basic process for high-quality soldering and get hands-on experience reconnecting soldered components, repairing broken circuits, and implementing other soldering basics. As a bonus, you get a soldering kit and finished project to take home.

Look into the Future of Your Simulation Lab

Simulation labs are always changing, thanks to improving standards and new technologies. Learn about how simulation is evolving as well as how to choose new equipment and what to look for in a simulation AV partner. You’ll also get details about how the RFP (request for proposal) process works when funding requires justification of expenditures.

One of the best resources you have when improving your lab and your career is others who are experienced in simulation. One interesting course, Tips and Tricks for Sim Lab Operations, will be an open discussion where you can share challenges, ideas, and solutions to problems you’ve encountered in your simulation labs.

Next Steps

Did we mention that you get all these classes (and more), plus lodging and food for just $2,000? Don’t let the best deal in healthcare simulation training pass you by—register for the Level 3 Healthcare Simulation Boot Camp today. We look forward to seeing you April 16-18 in Mesa, AZ.

 

5 Reasons Your Boss Should Send You to Simulation Boot Camp

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Want to Up Your Simulation Game? Boot Camp Can Help

As a simulation technician or operations specialist, you know how valuable training can be in helping you better manage and operate your organization’s simulation center. You may also know that Level 3’s three-day, all-inclusive simulation boot Camp is the best place to get that training. Now you just need to convince your boss or manager to pick up the tab to send you. Here are five reasons the simulation boot camp is money well spent.

Simulation Boot Camp: What’s in It for You (and Your Boss)?

  1. Get insights on emerging technologies. From virtual reality to improved manikins to streaming video for more comprehensive debriefing, simulation technology is always evolving. The more you know about emerging technologies, the more effective you can be. Implementing the newest simulation technology also ensures your students get the most advanced education, with access to the most modern tools.
  2. Receive hands-on training on simulation technology. When it comes to simulation technology, doing is learning. You’ll get hands-on practice and training that’s different—and better—from the typical classroom training—and you can apply it directly and immediately to your work.
  3. Get ideas to improve operations, planning, and budgeting. Simulation technicians and operations specialists provide significant value to a simulation program. They take the burden of managing, monitoring and troubleshooting the simulation system off the plate of educators and IT departments, which ultimately saves the organization time and money. The simulation boot camp includes leadership training and classes on advancing the simulation technician role—training that will increase the value you bring to your simulation program.
  4. Define educational standards for your simulation program. Simulation programs in medical training and healthcare settings are growing so fast that industry standards haven’t been able to keep up. That doesn’t mean, however, that your organization can’t develop and follow operational and educational standards that provide reliably high-quality experiences and outcomes. Bootcamp instructors will teach you how to create a standardized educational matrix to ensure all your students receive the same training and skills.
  5. Enhance and expand on the skills you already have. Level 3’s simulation bootcamp is open to technicians and operations specialists at every experience level. The 16 classes provided over three days are designed to optimize the skills you already have and then expand them to better meet the current and future needs of your simulation program.

Next Steps

Unlike other technology training and trade show events, Level 3’s Simulation Boot Camp is focused specifically on the simulation industry and helping your simulation program run smoothly and deliver superior outcomes. And with lodging, food, and all 16 classes included in the $2,000 registration fee, it’s one of the best deals out there. All that’s left to do is register for the Level 3 Simulation Boot Camp. This can’t-miss event takes place April 16-18 in Mesa, AZ.

Why Debriefing Is Critical to Simulation Training Success

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Debriefing Improves Simulation Education—Here’s How

Have you ever watched a video of yourself and wondered why in the world you were talking so loudly, playing with your hair, or doing something else that you weren’t aware of at the time? Video can reveal a lot of details that get overlooked in the moment.

Simulation training is quickly becoming the most effective way to provide healthcare education, but for best results, you should take it a step further and record then evaluate the training. While simulation scenarios help students practice their skills and prepare for high-pressure, life-and-death stakes in a safe, low-risk environment, the real learning takes place when students and instructors review the scenario afterwards to see what went well and where they can improve.

Does your simulation training program accommodate recording each scenario for the critical debriefing step? Here are three reasons it should.

3 Ways Debriefing Improves Healthcare Simulation Training

  1. Professionals can give better feedback. Recording the scenario and then debriefing it allows an expert to review student performance and provide feedback and expertise they can’t usually offer in the moment. While instructors are usually part of a simulation training, in a high-pressure simulation scenario where everyone is working hard to save a “patient’s” life, there isn’t time to step back and go over the proper way to draw blood or check a heart rate. A recording allows instructors to review details that might have gone unnoticed in the heat of the moment and address or correct them in the less stressful debriefing environment.
  2. Students can see their own mistakes. Human error will never be completely eradicated from medical care, said Brandon Phillips, a former EMT and current simulation technology and operations specialist with Level 3 Healthcare, but effective healthcare simulation training can help minimize mistakes. In addition to the instructor feedback, seeing their own errors can make an even bigger impact on students. Simulation training is the “gold standard” in healthcare education, Brandon said, and debriefing is a critical part of that. Reviewing a recorded simulation can help students see mistakes they didn’t know they were making—and they can correct those mistakes before they impact real-life patient care.
  3. Students can apply lessons right away. A timestamped digital recording of a simulation scenario can be quickly and easily reviewed immediately by instructors and learners together. That means lessons can be applied immediately as well. For example, Brandon said he was once part of a simulation where pediatric nurses were treating a “patient” in respiratory distress. That “patient” went into cardiac arrest and the nurses weren’t able to revive him. An instructor-led debriefing after the scenario helped the nurses see where they could have done better. The very next day, a real-life patient with the same symptoms came to the hospital and those nurses were able to save his life. “Because of the training we did, we were able to save a life,” Brandon said. “That’s the best return on investment right there.”

Next Steps

Level 3 Healthcare’s SIMStation product line offers several user-friendly and affordable solutions for digital recording and effective debriefing of simulation trainings. A Level 3 Healthcare simulation system expert can help you choose the right simulation hardware and software for your budget to help you achieve the best results for your organization and your students. Learn more today.

3 Budget Hacks for Your High-Fidelity Healthcare Simulation System

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Simulation Environments for Less

If you’ve ever seen a holiday blockbuster film then you’ve probably been transported to a faraway place—a planet at the outer reaches of a futuristic solar system, backstage at a rock concert, or the front lines of World War II—maybe without even realizing it was happening.

Healthcare simulation labs require a similar suspension of disbelief for students to receive a truly immersive and effective education. There is an ever-growing body of tools that can help accomplish a high-fidelity simulation environment, including manikins, AV technology, and medical devices. But creating a seamless, realistic simulation doesn’t come cheap, and most universities and other training facilities don’t have the same budget as a Hollywood studio.

So, how can you get the tools you need to create a high-fidelity simulation experience, and how do you get them on a budget? Get your popcorn ready and keep reading to find out.

3 Steps to High-Fidelity Simulation on a Budget

There are three steps to take before you make an investment in healthcare simulation technology. Following these recommendations can help save you from unnecessary expenditures, while ensuring you have the tools and technologies you actually need.

  1. Outline the objectives for your lab. You can’t choose the right technology if you haven’t defined how it will be used. Instead of your technology dictating the curriculum, the objectives should justify the technology purchase. For example, if the goal of your lab is to teach non-emergency care, such as reading vitals or placing IVs, you don’t need a $10,000 manikin. Instead you could use real people and display their vital signs on an iPad, or invest in IV arms rather than the entire manikin.
  2. Don’t be distracted by simulation tech trends. Choose solutions you need—versus those with exciting features to save on costs and to ensure your simulation faculty won’t get distracted by the technology. For example, some simulation systems include a voice changer that can make the person speaking sound like someone else. A man can sound like a woman or an adult can sound like a child. Sure, it sounds cool, but think carefully about how much and how often you would use it. If the answer is not often, then the cost outweighs the benefit. In addition, some skills such as hand-washing and gloving, as well as taking temperatures, blood sugar, and other vital signs, are better acquired through manual learning.
  3. Think twice before you choose an all-in-one solution. While in other AV environments, such as a conference room, a packaged solution is usually more cost-effective, the same isn’t necessarily true for simulation systems. An all-in-one simulation solution creates a single point of failure—if one piece of the system goes down the entire solution becomes unusable. In addition, simulation technology is changing so fast that such solutions are at risk of becoming obsolete more quickly. Replacing one outdated piece of a system is much cheaper than replacing an entire solution.

Next Steps

You also want to make sure your installation is cost-efficient but done right. Every simulation solution requires an audiovisual installation, but not many simulation providers have AV expertise. So while a quote may seem cheap, you might have to pay the same amount again—and maybe more—to an AV integration firm. With Level 3 Healthcare you get simulation and AV expertise from the same team, making Level 3’s turnkey simulation solution a more cost-effective option in the long run.

Ready to learn more from our simulation experts about how to effectively choose and operate simulation solutions? Register for our Ultimate Simulation Boot Camp today.

Why Simulation Managers Want Educator Standards

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Why Simulation Managers Want Educator Standards

Treating a gasping patient who’s reported severe shortness of breath or a postpartum mother who’s hemorrhaging can overwhelm a nursing student. Fortunately, simulated scenarios take the risk out of practicing in such emergencies. Unfortunately, not all nurse educators are trained to plan and implement these simulations to the same standards.

Scenarios that are too advanced or not properly planned can go wrong for students by creating panic, triggering post-traumatic stress disorder, and even causing them to change their majors.

Simulation is a powerful tool in healthcare education, but without education standards, too many students won’t get the most out of these experiences. If the educators who run the simulation labs aren’t trained to uphold a certain standard, lab experience may harm students by giving them a subpar education or a negative experience with the field.

The State of Education in Healthcare Simulation

There are currently nursing organizations that recommend standards or shadowing programs or that even offer certifications, fellowships, or boot camps to properly train and prepare nurse educators for using simulation in their teaching.

However, experts like Scott Atkinson, the Simulation Technology & Operations Specialist at Level 3 Healthcare, recommend a more formal, consistent pathway to becoming a simulation nurse educator.

Without these kinds of standards, it is impossible for educators to be on the same page when it comes to everything from curriculum and level of difficulty to safety and student satisfaction.

Establishing the Simulation Standard for Nurse Educators

To begin creating a standards matrix, professionals can look at the guidelines recommended by organizations like the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and the training currently offered by organizations like the National League for Nursing.

Whether the eventual formal pathway includes some combination of specific coursework, certifications, mentoring, exams, or ongoing professional development, many industry leaders agree it’s time to hash out the details.

The Benefits of a Simulation Standard in Healthcare

Although the creation of a standard is somewhat complicated, the benefits will be well worth the effort. A standard will benefit:

  • Nurse educators by giving them career stability and assurance. Offering a formal certification or degree for nurse educators gives them confidence that their training can be used at most nursing simulation labs.
  • Nursing students by ensuring they receive the same quality of education as their peers—because they will be awarded credentials based on the same requirements.
  • Nursing schools by making it easier to evaluate whether educators have the necessary qualifications to run a successful simulation program.
  • Healthcare and patients in general by guaranteeing a quality education for nurses. Patients will be able to expect a standard level of care regardless of where they are treated because all nurses will be educated in the same way in their simulation training.

Next Steps

Simulation labs are an important investment for healthcare’s academic institutions. However, if your nurse educators lack the skills or knowledge to properly train students, much of that investment may be going to waste. If you have questions about healthcare simulation or would like to continue the conversation with an expert, email Scott Atkinson, our Simulation Technology & Operations Specialist, at SAtkinson@l3hc.com.