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1. Three articles on where to get some free medical simulation scenarios:
A common sign of GI disorders, vomiting also occurs with fluid and electrolyte imbalances; infections; and metabolic, endocrine, labyrinthine, central nervous system (CNS), and cardiac disorders.
When I do it correctly; I gain experience. When I do it poorly; wisdom. Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
In this latest post, simulation moulage expert Bobbie Merica of www.moulageconcepts.com reminds us just how powerful moulage can be to engage learners into simulation, as well as shares her secret recipe for successful wound drainage and secretions!
Leaves are beginning to fall from the trees and cover the ground, the days are getting shorter and there is a definite “change” in the air. Fall is right around the corner, and with it comes the arrival of Halloween. Children and adults across the country are beginning to create elaborate scenes in their minds, setting the stage with appropriate apparel, gore, theatrical elements and changes to persona, all for the magic of creating an alter ego or “telling of the story.” Traditionally celebrated on the night of October 31, Halloween is most notably celebrated by children and young adults dressed up in carefully crafted costumes; conveying their meticulously calculated message, before perusing neighborhoods in search of candied sweets, costume parties, “haunted” houses, and other traditional autumn activities.
For most adults, this is a once a year activity, unless, of course, you are a simulation expert, to which this has now become your “typical” work day. Much in the same way the Halloween mad-hatter or Twilight star creates their persona, simulation experts weave scenarios or “short stories” that when successfully implemented will establish story-lines, settings, approximation of time and events, and an overall “sense-of- feel” that will carry the participant though pre-determined objectives and goals.
As with all distinguished Halloween costumes, creating a realistic simulation scenario requires careful forethought to detail, theatrics, role playing and most importantly time; something most simulation experts will share with your they run short on. However Moulage, just as simulation was but a few years ago, has moved off the back burner and into the mainstream, becoming the standard in simulation scenario; and as any participant will attest to, simulations that lack these important sensory clues, fall tremendously short of telling the entire story.
This article was written by Guest Author Bobbie Merica
Bobbie Merica is a leading expert in the field of healthcare simulation moulage. As an accomplished simulation author, workshop educator and lab coordinator Bobbie is the definition of “simulation champion”. But now her latest work Medical Moulage: How to Make Your Simulations Come Alive has set the bar to a whole new level! Read our extensive review of her awesome book!
When Healthcare Simulation exploded into the nursing education scene, it enabled educators to create medical experiences that rivaled what could be found in a clinical setting. For the first time, students were allowed to potentially make critical mistakes, (minus the ramifications of actually endangering a patient) enabling the student in gaining both experience and wisdom. All of this, while providing each student a realistic, patient-clinical interaction in a controlled setting. Nursing Schools/Hospitals/Clinical education sites excitedly got on board. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent acquiring equipment, building centers, learning extensive GUI programs, and writing time intensive cases. Educators excitedly lined up their students and waited expectantly …… only to discover the “Gap in Healthcare Simulation.”
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