How to Start or Expand a Healthcare Simulation Program – HealthySimAdmin Videos Available for Free

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Over the past month HealthySim has been focusing on the skillsets, considerations, tactics and strategies to start or expand your healthcare simulation programs. Recent articles have included:

To continue this discussion HealthySimulation.com has decided, for the first time, to make publicly available the 8 recorded sessions from HealthySimAdmin — an event specifically focusing on the administration of Healthcare Simulation programs. These sessions bring together champions from a multitude of simulation program shapes and sizes, from small community colleges to massive military training bases, to present and discuss the key areas identified by the community necessary to successfully build or expand a medical simulation program. The original event was hosted by UNLV’s School of Nursing, and was sponsored by Laerdal, B-Line Medical, and Pocket Nurse, and has been watched by more than 500 simulation programs around the world since it debuted.


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Reasons to Watch HealthySimAdmin:

  • Expand your knowledge by learning from a diverse group of sim adminsThe HealthySimAdmin panel of experts is comprised of successful simulation program administrators from a variety of settings including: community, state and university nursing schools, medical schools, EMS programs, hospitals, IT departments, and the military. Additional panel members will include leading industry consultants who have designed and managed sim labs around the globe. HealthySimAdmin will not only share “proven-to-work” techniques from others in your field but also provide an expanded perspective from others that utilize medical simulation within healthcare.
  • Learn from your new professional community
    Currently there are no professional degrees in medical simulation program management. Simulation program administrators have varied experience which may include successful or maybe, not so successful, strategies for managing a simulation center/lab. For example, a sim lab program manager with an IT background will have little trouble integrating their center’s network technology, but may find clinical educator training and buy-in much more challenging. In that sense, our growing international community is the best resource we have for learning and sharing the best practices in each of the numerous facets necessary to operate a simulation lab. HealthySimAdmin’s mission is to create a global and shared community online space where healthcare simulation program administrators can find and share information unique to medical simulation management.
  • Participate from anywhere in the world
    What happened in Vegas did not stay in Vegas with HealthySimAdmin! With any high-speed internet connection you will be able to watch HealthySimAdmin wherever you are. Join an international audience of healthcare simulation managers who have already watched HealthySimAdmin and gain global insight into the operations and development of a successful medical simulation program.
  • Maximize your time with medical simulation admin specific content
    While the methodology of simulation in healthcare continues to expand exponentially across the globe, the discussions regarding the operations and management of this technology are relatively new. And while other medical simulation-based meetings do exist, they primarily serve our community’s clinical educators. Thus, resources and guidance for program administrators remains limited. To address this challenge, HealthySimAdmin held an event specifically designed to meet the needs of healthcare simulation program administrators. Catch up to the hundreds of other administrators who have already watched HealthySimAdmin and maximize your time and resources by engaging with content that is as unique as your profession.

Each of the following videos starts with a 40 minute presentation by the associated key speaker which is then followed by 60 minutes of discussion and Q&A session by the entire expert panel:

  • Session A: “Collaborative Simulation Program Development” – Carolyn Yucha, RN, PhD, FAAN (Total Run Time: 1H:38M)
  • Session B: “Funding Sources & Models” – Carolyn Yucha, RN, PhD, FAAN & COL (Ret) John McManus, MD, MCR (Total Run Time: 1H:45M)
  • Session C: “Clinical Educator Training & Buy-in” – Jane Kleinman RN, MAOM (Total Run Time: 1H:55M)
  • Session D: “Research Development” – Amar Pravin Patel, MS, NREMT-P, CFC (Total Run Time: 1H:36M)
  • Session E: “Daily Operations” – Henry Henao MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, EMT (Total Run Time: 1H:58M)
  • Session F: “IT Structures & Issues” – James Cypert BAP, BAIT, MCSE, MCT, MCP (Total Run Time: 1H:50M)
  • Session G: “Increasing Utilization” – Allen J. Giannakopoulos, Ph.D. (Total Run Time: 1H:50M)
  • Session H: “Business Development & Revenue Generation” – Lance Baily, HealthySimAdmin Organizer, (Total Run Time: 1H:56M)

Originally valued at $450, you can now stay tuned each week to HealthySimulation.com for a new HealthySimAdmin video to be shared and posted for free!


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3 Key Resources to Expand Your Simulation Program

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Recently HealthySimulation.com started a discussion regarding the business of simulation with our article the “Language of Sales – How to Increase Your Simulation Budget”. In the article we explained how we as simulation champions must be prepared new skillsets to help advocate, expand, and finance the growth of our programs to higher levels of our institutional organizations.

Today we are going to share some must-read books that will help you gain valuable insights into communicating the opportunities of simulation to administrative leadership and c-suite executives.

The three key areas to focus on are selling, marketing, and networking:

To expand your simulation program you will first need to build a network of support, from community members, educators, innovators, managers, administrators, and executives. The work of building and maintaining a network should not be overlooked by the leadership of your simulation program. Connecting and building relationships with internal and external stakeholders will provide you the opportunity to gain support for your eventual expansion.

Marketing campaigns will be required to attract and educate those within your network about your services, needs, and achievements. Simulation program leadership should recognize the short and long-term value gained from physical and virtual tours, special events, speaking engagements, conference attendance and the like. Read our article on “How to Add Multimedia To Your Simulation Program Website” to gain more ideas here.

Next, you will need to learn how to convey your message of need in a way that successfully gains support from all stakeholders involved. A strategy will need to be created with tactics that utilize the strengths of your team and your supporters.

Not only do key individuals need to be identified, but their priorities and pain points as well. Who speaks to stakeholders, and how, is just as important as what is said. The priorities of a dean of a nursing school will be different from the priorities of a CNO. Having previous networks and relationships established is only the first step to gaining support for program expansions, and learning how to “sell” the concept of simulation is a core requirement for you and your team.

Lastly, you will need to be prepared to deal with eventual “Simulation Discomfiters, The Anti-Champions Who Frustrate Our Programs“. Having a plan for ways to communicate, and overcome, those that will avoid or discredit your program should be in place as your program plans to grow. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Of course, this is just the beginning of work necessary to create and maintain simulation expansion programs. Obviously you will also need some kind of business plan.

We will continue deeper dives into all these areas over the weeks to come, but for now — check out those additional books and articles!

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