Hibbing Nursing Students Go Beyond Books and Train in New $1M Healthcare Simulation Center

Hibbing Nursing Students Go Beyond the Books, Train in Simulation CenterAnother article showcasing how the media can cover your simulation program! Read our tutorial on how to gather such public attention for your simulation program here!

Nursing students at the Hibbing Community College (HCC) are stepping out of the classroom, into a realistic hospital room setting and learning how to treat patients in life and death situations. The newly remodeled HCC Healthcare Simulation Center opened this semester and is transforming the way students train. The state-of-the art simulation allows the students to go beyond the book and gain real-life experience that comes without the risk of working on real people.

“Students can come in and practice clinical with patients from birth all the way up to death, and they can do it in a safe environment,” explained Sandy Gustafson, nursing program director at HCC. “They can actually do the hands-on care in critical or unusual situations that they wouldn’t get in a facility that’s in a rural area.” The mannequins talk, breath, blink, cough, puke and bleed like a real human would. One of the female robots even gives birth.


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“We can assess them in a way that’s different than just learning from a book because we’re just pretending there,” said Brandy Mass, a first-year nursing student. “If you don’t have that experience behind you with the simulation, then you risk the chance of freezing or not knowing what to do or drawing a blank,” said Ashton Martin, a first-year nursing student. “This prevents us from feeling that nervousness.”


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Maximizing Efficiency of Daily Program Operations in Healthcare Simulation – HealthySimAdmin Video Series Part 5

Recently HealthySimulation.com publicly launched the highly praised HealthySimAdmin video series with Part 1: Collaborative simulation program development. Today we continue our ongoing exploration of how to start and expand a healthcare simulation program with Part 5 of HealthySimAdmin: Improving Healthcare Simulation Center Daily Operations. Originally priced at over $450 the 2 hour presentation and panel discussion is now available to watch for free, thanks to Laerdal, B-Line Medical and Pocket Nurse.

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About the Session

None of us received a formal education in leading or managing a medical simulation program. While the unique background experiences we hold may help us with certain aspects of operating these modern day clinical training facilities, most of us have identified knowledge gaps when it comes to operations. Henry Henao MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, EMT leads our conversation on the crucial topic of learning how to successfully manage the operation of a medical simulation lab or program. Questions to be addressed include: how do we efficiently schedule spaces with limited resources? How do we hire, manage, and train staff? Who develops policies and procedures and what are the regulations and enforcement systems publicized and adhered to before and after program launch? What innovative leadership approaches paid off and what management pitfalls can be avoided?

Following Henry’s presentation the HSA panel of experts will continue the discussion addressing topics such as: administrative needs and management strategies, committee development and policy amendments, gaining institutional support, tactics for team staff meetings, usage statistics and analysis, learning when and how to expand staff, consultant reviews, maintenance and support needs, as well as building contingency or emergency backup plans. Considerations for both single lab and multi-lab training facilities will be shared. Audience question and answer session to follow. This session will provide strategies and tactics for the successful operation of your medical simulation lab space.


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Session Presentation Lead By:

Henry Henao MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, EMT
Director, Simulation Training and Research Center
Florida International University

Henry Henao is a clinical assistant professor of Nursing and currently serves as the Director of the Simulation Training and Research Center (the STAR Center) at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. In this capacity, Henry provides the vision and manages the daily operation of a 16,000 square foot facility which houses twenty high-fidelity human patient simulators and opened in February of 2010.

Henry has served as a consultant on faculty development, curriculum integration, design, development, and operations of simulation centers. Henry serves as a team leader and site principal investigator for the longitudinal, multi-site, landmark “The National Simulation Study”, funded by The National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s (NCSBN). Henry recently served as a subject matter expert to review the soon to be published standards for simulation evaluation from the International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL). Henry was selected as one of twenty participants’ in the National League for Nursing’s (NLN) Leadership development program for simulation educators.

Professor Henao has worked as an emergency department nurse and as an Emergency Medical Technician for nearly twenty years. He currently practices as a Family Nurse Practitioner and is managing partner of Nurse Practitioner Partners, LLC; a nurse-owned company that provides NP services to growing medical practices. Prof. Henao is also Vice-President and Communications Director for the Nurse Practitioner Council of Miami-Dade. Professor Henao holds both a Master and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees from Barry
University with a graduate specialization as a Family Nurse Practitioner. He also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from The Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College/The City University of New York.

Watch the whole series now at the HealthySimAdmin Pages!

OSF HealthCare Partners with NIH and AHA to Create Online Medical Journal for 3D Hearts

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“Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.”

Soon any type of 3d printed patient heart will be available online thanks to OSF Healthcare and the AHA.

OSF HealthCare and the National Institutes of Health 3D Print Exchange are developing a partnership with the American Heart Association to establish the Jump Simulation-curated 3D Heart Library as an online medical journal where experts specializing in 3D heart modeling can review and validate models submitted by clinicians world-wide. The 3D Heart Library is an open-source digital repository of hearts with congenital defects on the NIH 3D Print Exchange.


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Representatives from the NIH and AHA as well as physicians specializing in 3D modeling from OSF, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, George Washington University School of Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and the University of Washington recently met in Chicago for a roundtable discussion as part of the effort.

Dr. Matthew Bramlet, Director of the Jump Advanced Imaging and Modeling Program at OSF HealthCare, is working with the AHA-Midwest Affiliate to develop interest in creating accuracy and quality standards for the 3D Heart library, and transition it to a national AHA-backed database. “There are many physicians utilizing 3D modeling for the treatment of congenital heart disease, but there aren’t any best practices for utilizing the technology,” said Dr. Bramlet. “Establishing a peer-review process will drive standardization and increase the quality of 3D digital models around the world.”

Read the full article on the OSF Healthcare Website!


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Center for Medical Simulation Hosts Alaskan Healthcare Providers for Frontline Training

CMS Hosts Alaskan Healthcare Providers

The opportunity to train for frontline medical cases in rural areas is limitless with simulation. Recently Harvard’s CMS hosted Alaskan healthcare educators to provide a master course in the latest simulation learning best practices:

Recently, Harvard’s Center for Medical Simulation hosted two Alaskan healthcare providers, Susan Davis, EMT, CHP-c, and Danita Koehler, MD. Susan and Danita came to CMS representing Eastern Aleutian Tribes , a healthcare corporation working alongside the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to provide health services to communities in the Aleutian Islands and on the Alaska and Kenai peninsulas. These programs are part of the Alaska Community Health Aide Program, which provides resources to a network of more than 550 healthcare providers serving more than 170 rural villages throughout Alaska. ANTHC is Alaska’s second largest healthcare employer, with over 2,500 employees.

Susan and Danita attended the CMS Comprehensive Instructor Workshop in order to further their goal of bringing simulation training to these healthcare programs. The Community Health Aides / Practitioners who work in the CHAP program are the primary providers in their communities, working with limited resources to provide health education, prevent disease and injury, and ensure safe water and sewer services. These community providers work in conjunction with remote providers at hospitals, using teleconferencing to examine patients, discuss treatment options, and determine whether medevac resources are required in critical situations.


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Simulation training will allow these frontline providers to safely train on and improve response times to many potential clinical situations, including early recognition of crucial signs and symptoms for issues like shock, sepsis, and psychiatric distress. Having spent a week at CMS training with an international and interprofessional team of healthcare providers, Susan and Danita are now better equipped to create, operate, and evangelize simulation programs for their healthcare organizations and their communities.

Do you train for rural healthcare with simulation? Tweet us @HealthySim and let us know how!

German-Based Zyos Provides Audio/Video Recording Platform – SESAM 2016 Exhibitor Video Series Part 1

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Earlier this year HealthySimulation.com was on hand at SESAM 2016 (Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine) to meet with several European-based vendors. We met with German-based Zyos to learn more about their unique A/V recording tools for healthcare simulation. While currently not available in North America, the Zyos DSoneMicro system enables simulation programs to provide affordable video recording and debriefing of scenarios. Check out our video interview below:

About Zyos


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Zyos is a supplier of mobile audio-video equipment in the medical emergency simulation who specializes in the development and manufacture of debriefing systems as well for the preclinical as for intra clinical use. With their mobile debriefing system DSonePortable and associated DSoneCapture software, they provide a mobile standard system which is able to suit any specific requirements and framework conditions thanks to its broad range of options. Their high-quality systems were all developed and designed in-house. Their technicians will help you in person to ensure perfect operation of all components, and will provide on-site service. And if there are any questions, contact them any time – they’ll be there.

About DSoneCapture:

The Zyos debriefing system DSone is always bundled with DSoneCapture software. In its current version, our software permits recording and playback of three camera signals which are displayed as quad split on the monitor. In the fourth quad split window users may display the patient monitor of the respective simulator. By feeding the VGA signal into the AV system we can integrate any patient monitor – regardless of your available simulators or the patient monitoring applications you are using. Just as we keep developing the DSone system, future versions of our DSoneCapture software will also be enhanced by various functions which will facilitate your work even more.

Learn more at the Zyos Website today!

SimCharacters Celebrates #WorldPrematurityDay With Launch of Paul, The World’s First High Emotion Simulator

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Today in Lubeck Germany, a team from NICU healthcare professionals and SimCharacters celebrated World Prematurity Day with the “birth” of Paul – The First High Emotion Preterm Simulator! This highly realistic preemie infant represents a 27 week born neonate with anatomically correct airway weighs merely 1000 grams and provides lifelike movement for an infant of its young age.

All around the globe today, people are celebrating the awareness of Premature births with the hashtag #WorldPrematurityDay and a show of support with the color purple. Even the Empire State Building has been light up in purple! Did you know that 1 in every 10 babies is born premature? Preterm birth — ie before 37 weeks of pregnancy — is the #1 killer of babies in the United States. Even babies born just a few weeks too soon can face serious health challenges and are at risk for lifelong disabilities including breathing problems, vision loss, cerebral palsy, and intellectual delays. About 15 million babies worldwide are born prematurely each year, and one million of them die before their first birthdays.

Paul was developed by neonatologist Dr. Jens Schwindt and the amazing team at SimCharacters to improve the learning outcomes of healthcare simulation champions everywhere. The manikin will be available in the United States starting at IMSH 2017 in Orlando!

About Paul

With Paul, SIMCharacters is taking the next step in the future of medical simulation. High fidelity was yesterday – the future belongs to high emotion simulation.


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“Providing high quality care for a preterm baby is a uniquely complex and time-sensitive process which is extremely challenging for (PICU/NICU) inter-professional healthcare teams. Our mission at SIMCharacters is to improve the quality of care for critically ill preterm and newborn babies by advancing the realism and effectiveness of training simulators – this is why we have developed Paul.” — Dr. Jens-Christian Schwindt, Neonatologist and SimCharacters CEO

Jens and the SimCharacters team know that creating high emotion simulation requires understanding and empathy with the teams, families, and programs caring tirelessly for preterm newborns.

Share your support of #WorldPrematurityDay by downloading these printouts and

Taking a photo to #WelcomePaul to your Simulation & Healthcare Facilities today on

The new SimCharacters Twitter and Facebook accounts!

Integrating Research Into Your Healthcare Simulation Program – HealthySimAdmin Video Series Part 4

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Last month we publicly launched that the highly praised HealthySimAdmin video series with Part 1: Collaborative simulation program development. Today we continue our ongoing exploration of how to start and expand a healthcare simulation program with Part 4 of HealthySimAdmin: Building Research Programs Into Healthcare Simulation. This 2-hour recording starts with a presentation by Dr. Amar Patel of WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning — which is also the host of SimGHOSTS 2017 USA — and then finishes off with a panel session by a dynamic range of simulation program administrators who provide advice for those integrating research into their simulation programs. Thank to Laerdal, B-Line Medical, and Pocket Nurse these recorded sessions are now available for free to the public!

About Part 3 of HealthySimAdmin:

Medical Simulation is quickly becoming a leading methodology for clinical skills based education
and training. Impacting how our learners understand and apply the content is just as important as expanding our understanding of how to improve human and system processes. Groups interested in developing and funding or expanding current research into simulation will find this session led by Amar Patel MS, REMT-P, CFC extremely useful. Amar will lead our discussion highlighting the successful integration of research at the facility he manages.

Amar shares:

  • Types of research that can be conducted (scopes of projects)
  • Costs associated with conducting and managing research projects
  • Funding opportunities
  • The Return on Investment
  • What you need to know to begin (documents, education, IRB, policies & Procedures)
  • Publishing abstracts and completed research projects
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Setting up the simulation environment (is it research friendly?)

Afterwards our panel engaged in a discussion on how to build and facilitate a successful research component into your simulation program. An audience question and answer period will follow the panel discussion. Through this session we learned how to conduct, integrate, and manage research projects. Furthermore, we will highlight ways to incentivize educators to engage in successful simulation-based research projects that will promote your institution and your program.


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Session Presentation Lead By:

Amar Pravin Patel, MS, NREMT-P, CFC
Director, Center for Innovative Learning
WakeMed Health & Hospitals

Amar Patel is the Director of the Center for Innovative Learning at WakeMed Health & Hospitals. Mr. Patel is responsible for integrating technology-based education to include human patient simulation, healthcare gaming, hybrid education, and intellectual property development at the local, regional, and national level. His passion for changing how human behavior and processes impact healthcare can be seen by his involvement in patient safety and risk management teams. Prior to this position, he served as an Advanced Life Support Program Instructor and the Project Manager of Medical Simulation for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute at the University of Maryland, College Park. In this role he was responsible for developing new curriculum, as well as integrating medical simulation into all of the Advanced Life Support (ALS) Programs. He was the lead developer of simulation scenarios and technical simulation expert at the local and state level. Mr. Patel has taught numerous instructor courses, including ones offered on an international circuit. He has presented at several conferences, including JEMS EMS Today, the Human Patient Simulation Conference, Laerdal SUN, and the Air Medical Transport Conference.

While educating EMS providers all over the state, Mr. Patel also maintained clinical competency with the Baltimore County Fire Department in Baltimore, Maryland as a national registered paramedic, haz-mat technician and a firefighter. Currently, Amar maintains over 17 certifications to include a HAM radio operator’s license and a certified flight communicator.

Mr. Patel currently serves as the chair of two different committees: the Simulation Steering Committee at WakeMed Health & Hospitals and the Medical Educator’s Transport Section for the Association for Air Medical Services. He is involved in simulation based research projects that focus on integration and implementation of simulation technology across disciplines. He has contributed to numerous simulation articles and travels around the United States providing assistance in simulation center design.

Mr. Patel holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in computer music from Goucher College, a Master’s of Science in Emergency Health Science with a concentration in Education from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and is currently completing his Doctorate in Health Sciences degree at Nova Southeastern University.

Watch the whole HealthySimAdmin video series now here!

Inova Fairfax Simulation Center Helps Doctors Actually Practice Medicine

Inova Fairfax Helps Doctors Actually Practice Medicine

NBC Washington reports on a new program at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia is giving the term “practicing medicine” a new meaning:

The Inova Center for Advanced Medical Simulation is an effort to keep doctors, nurses and medical students engaged both with the latest in medical techniques as well as some of the more usual challenges in medicine. “It is a laboratory for our physicians and nurses, students, any health care professional to train, whether they’re new or whether they’re a seasoned clinician,” said Director Dr. Craig Cheifitz, who helped develop the center.


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The center has 14 rooms, including an operating room, and state-of-the-art technology. “We do have very high tech mannequins, which have the ability to bleed – artificial blood, of course — voice files, can even change their vitals,” Cheifitz said.

Health care professionals work in teams and deal with everything from infectious diseases to head wounds to complicated births. The exercises are done in real time, and the center is frequently at capacity, Cheifitz said. It’s one of seven medical simulation centers in Virginia.“Medical education for years has been such that after you graduate, you might learn more from a textbook or a conference,” Cheifitz said.

Featured Job Listing: Clinical Simulation Lab Technician at Providence Medical Center Mission Hills California

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One more featured medical simulation job listing from Providence of California!

Providence is calling a Clinical Simulation Lab Technician (Per Diem/Variable shift) to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, CA.

In this position you will:

  • Work closely with the Interprofessional Perinatal Simulation Program as well as Education Department staff, caregivers, and nursing instructors.
  • Be responsible for operation of the simulation mannequin.
  • Perform program maintenance and repair of the simulators, software, hardware and audiovisual equipment.
  • Be responsible for the orientation, training and ongoing support of simulation faculty during in-situ simulation.
  • Manage supplies and setup of in-situ simulation and classroom.

Qualifications:
Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Current Los Angeles City Fire Card
  • Current Basic Life Support ( BLS ) certification for Healthcare Providers sponsored by the American Heart Association
  • Able to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Able to work with computers, computerized equipment, integrated AV system and computer software
  • Arrange appointments, schedules and follow-up without a conflict
  • Demonstrates problem-solving skills
  • Able to communicate effectively in oral and written communications to a variety of audiences

About the hospital you will serve:
Nationally recognized for clinical excellence and trauma care, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center is a 377-bed, level II trauma center in Mission Hills, California. We are the only Magnet®Designated Hospital in the San Fernando Valley. Providence Holy Cross also has been recognized this year by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the best places to work in Los Angeles. As our reputation for excellence grows, so does our facility. We have recently expanded our medical center with the addition of a new 138-bed patient care wing. This expansion has made Providence Holy Cross Medical Center one of the largest hospitals serving the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys.


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We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits – see our website for details: http://www.providenceiscalling.jobs/rewards-benefits/index.html

Our Mission
As people of Providence, we reveal God’s love for all, especially the poor and vulnerable, through our compassionate service.

About Us
Providence Health & Services is the third largest not-for-profit health system in the United States. Providence employs more than 76,000 caregivers (employees) across a five-state area; AK, WA, MT, OR, and CA. Our facilities include 34 hospitals, 475 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and other health and educational services. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Answer the call. Providence is calling jobs!
When applying online, please reference job number 132181.

Apply online right here!

Featured Job Listing: Clinical Perinatal Simulation Educator at Providence Medical Center Mission Hills California

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Providence is calling a Clinical Perinatal Simulation Educator – RN (Part Time/Day Shift) to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, CA.

In this position you will:

  • Serve as a consultant and facilitator in assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of educational activities within Perinatal Simulation Program to support the Mission Statement and Core Values of Providence Holy Cross Medical Center.
  • Plans and implements educational activities to enhance clinical development and proficiency of clinical staff
  • Encourages multidisciplinary participation of in-situ simulation.
  • In collaboration with clinical nurse specialists, nursing staff, department management and physicians develops and/or modifies simulation clinical case scenarios.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree currently in progress
  • Minimum of 2 years acute hospital experience in clinical specialty area..
  • Current California Licensed Registered Nurse
  • Current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers
  • Current American Heart Association ACLS
  • Current NRP
  • Current Los Angeles City Fire Card

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Masters of Science in Nursing ( MSN )
  • Experience with high-fidelity simulation
  • Graduate preparation in adult education
  • National Board Certification in clinical specialty area

About the hospital you will serve.
Nationally recognized for clinical excellence and trauma care, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center is a 377-bed, level II trauma center in Mission Hills, California. We are the only Magnet Designated Hospital in the San Fernando Valley. Providence Holy Cross also has been recognized this year by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the best places to work in Los Angeles. As our reputation for excellence grows, so does our facility. We have recently expanded our medical center with the addition of a new 138-bed patient care wing. This expansion has made Providence Holy Cross Medical Center one of the largest hospitals serving the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys.


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We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits – see our website for details: http://www.providenceiscalling.jobs/rewards-benefits/index.html

Our Mission
As people of Providence, we reveal God’s love for all, especially the poor and vulnerable, through our compassionate service.

About Us
Providence Health & Services is the third largest not-for-profit health system in the United States. Providence employs more than 76,000 caregivers (employees) across a five-state area; AK, WA, MT, OR, and CA. Our facilities include 34 hospitals, 475 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and other health and educational services. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. Providence Health & Services is an equal opportunity employer who provides competitive benefits, a drug-free workplace and supports work/life balance.

Answer the call. Providence is calling jobs.
When applying online, please reference job number 127010.

Apply online for this position here!