Poverty Simulation Helps Shape Future Healthcare Professionals

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Has your nursing program considered running a poverty simulation? Help your healthcare learners not only see the benefits of simulation outside the lab context, but also better understand the difficulties faced by less fortunate members of your community. Here’s how NDSU is using simulation to teach their nursing students about poverty:

Students at the NDSU School of Nursing at Sanford Health in Bismarck will get a glimpse into how a family in poverty navigates the complexities of life. More than 60 senior nursing students are scheduled to take part in a poverty simulation experience at Bismarck State College.



During the simulation, the nursing students will role-play the lives of low-income families, from single parents trying to care for their children to senior citizens trying to maintain their self-sufficiency on Social Security. The task of each family is to provide food, shelter and other basic necessities while interacting with various community resources.

Brittney Mueller, simulation coordinator at NDSU School of Nursing at Sanford Health, said the goal is to enable participants to view poverty from different angles and begin to understand what life is like with a shortage of money over an extended period of time. “As nurses embark on their careers, they will one day work with patients facing difficult decisions on a regular basis,” said Mueller. “Deciding whether to buy food or pay for health care is something that some people may face on a monthly basis.


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Delta College Performs 6 Hour Trauma Simulation Scenario with Local Authories

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Recently this awesome update was shared by Lori Kloc, MSN, RN, CHSE Simulation Education Specialist at Delta College:

On April 5 Delta College brought seven healthcare disciplines together to participate in one 6-hour trauma scenario. The scenario centered around a victim of an auto accident and included trauma rescue/transport, triage, two surgical procedures, infant resuscitation, post-operative care, and rehabilitation. This scenario was important because it allowed students from various levels of education and disciplines to learn with, from, and about each other in collaborative care of two patients. Simulation is a method of active learning, where students have the opportunity to practice care in a safe setting, promoting teamwork and collaboration while reinforcing skills learned in their academic setting. The objective of simulated learning is the transfer of skills and behaviors to the clinical setting, positively impacting safe patient care.

In this simulation, Mobile Medical Response (MMR) joined the division to add their expertise as first responders for our victim. The simulation will included a mock automobile accident with trauma to a pregnant woman, two surgical procedures, emergency care for the newborn who will be born via C-section but will have sustained injury, and post-op/rehab care for the victim.

Read more on the Delta College Website

Why Medical Simulation Champions Should Have a LinkedIn Profile

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LinkedIn is the leading online community for working professionals which lets you:

  • Build your professional identity online and stay in touch with colleagues and classmates.
  • Discover professional opportunities, business deals, and new ventures.
  • Get the latest news, inspiration, and insights you need to be great at what you do.

There are many great reasons to build a LinkedIn account, the first of which is the ability to easily build, update and share your CV. You can even request and display recommendations and endorsements from your supervisors and peers. But don’t think of LinkedIn as just an online resume – you can build networks of simulation champions by connecting with coworkers, colleagues and affiliations. There are about 20 medical simulation groups on LinkedIn with memberships ranging from 300 to 2,000. Both SimGHOSTS and INACSL now use LinkedIn groups as their primary means of community-wide discussion groups (replacing forums or list-servs). Many other clinical simulation organizations have LinkedIn groups as well including ASPiH, SSH, IPSS, Laerdal and more. Basically, if you don’t have LinkedIn and aren’t connected to these groups – you are missing MOST of the global online conversation taking place daily about medical simulation. And oh, did I forget to mention it’s free?

Here are some interesting statistics about LinkedIn:

  • Total Number of LinkedIn Users: 277 million (84 million US)
  • 187 million unique visitors to LinkedIn monthly
  • 200 conversations take place every minute
  • 2 new LinkedIn users every second

Articles to back me up, and help you build or update your LinkedIn profile:

Forbes.com: Recruiters Say: Avoid LinkedIn At Your Peril “Why be on LinkedIn in the first place? Michelle Kedem, a partner at search firm On-Ramps, said there are two reasons: “First of all, if you want to be found by recruiters and have recruiters know who you are, you should be on LinkedIn. The flip side of this is if you don’t want to be an active job-seeker but want recruiters to know who you are, then you need to be the seeker and not the sought-after, which is tougher, especially if you have a full-time job.” “The second reason is that if someone tells me I should talk to (x person), the first thing I’m going to do is look them up on LinkedIn. Using LinkedIn, I can quickly figure out whether someone is worth speaking to, which saves me a lot of time.”

Forbes.com: Why Every Employee At Your Company Should Use LinkedIn – “Having your entire workforce use LinkedIn could become your company’s rocket fuel. Yet many employers block company computers from accessing LinkedIn. They’re afraid employees will look for a new job, be poached by a recruiter or waste precious work time socializing online. According to a recent study by Statista, 10% of U.S. employees are not allowed to use LinkedIn in the workplace because access is blocked. These companies are missing out on major opportunities to build business, increase loyalty and fortify employee engagement. Here’s how your company can benefit from a focused program that encourages employees to use LinkedIn … every day.”

GovLoop’s 7 Simple Dos for New LinkedIn Users – “For many people, expressed concerns about lack of time are often code for “I’m overwhelmed.” If they haven’t spent much time on LinkedIn, the task of updating their LinkedIn profile seems daunting, and they have no idea where to begin. LinkedIn makes each individual step pretty easy, and they provide lots of online help, but the volume of choices can make the overall effort hard to manage. Taking a “crawl-walk-run” approach and breaking the project down into three parts should help.”

Social Media Examiner: 12 Resources to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile – “Want to get noticed on LinkedIn? Do you have a LinkedIn profile, but want to improve it so you can get better exposure? Over the years, LinkedIn has evolved to include several elements that improve their users’ experience. If you want to use these elements to create a stronger LinkedIn presence, you’ve come to the right place. In this article I’ll share expert tips and resources that will help you create a killer LinkedIn profile that gets noticed.”

FastCompany.com: 6 Steps to Making a Killer LinkedIn Profile – “What you do with your LinkedIn profile can mean the difference between garnering views and job prospects and alienating potential employers. But before you even consider your strategies for interacting on the popular social media site, you must first look inwards–at the state of your profile. This infographic from social media agency Link Humans shows you how to stand out from the crowd and put your best profile forward.”

Finally, once you have LinkedIn all setup – be sure to join HealthySimulation.com’s Public LinkedIn Group as your first place to connect with fellow simulation champions!


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Share Your Medical Simulation Innovations for ‘Simulation Week’ in May

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From Saturday May 3rd to Friday May 9th, 2014 share your medical simulation innovations with our growing international community through “Simulation Week”!

Simulation Week is an opportunity to promote the many forms of simulation in our organizations and communities to celebrate its many accomplishments and future vision.”

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Hosted by Simulation Australia, Simulation Week will be posted online in real-time at www.simulationweek.com, and is open to anyone that wishes to highlight their own innovative work through a news story, video or combined image and simulation message format. Pictures are essential and this platform will provide an opportunity to display images easily, providing an exciting snapshot of simulation for the week for the world to see.

To submit an item to be published on this website as part of Simulation Week, please email simulationweek@simulationaustralia.org.au – before Monday the 28th of April, 2014!

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Games & Simulation in Healthcare Database

Hey everyone!

Quick post to share the amazing resource available at the University of Wisconsin: Madison’s Games & Simulation for Healthcare Online Database (http://healthcaregames.wisc.edu/). Dr. Eric Bauman and friends help to gather Simulation resources through blog and community building:

“This website aims to provide a portal and network to meet the needs of clinicians, researchers and educators in the healthcare community who want to integrate games and simulation into their scholarship and patient care strategy.  This resource also welcomes healthcare consumers, advocates, and others interested in patient and clinician education, and clinical research taking advantage of games and simulation-based learning.”

If you are looking for games to help educate your learners, or other simulation centers to reach out to, this is a great place to find them!