Collaborative Simulation Program Development – HealthySimAdmin Video Series Part 1

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Last week we announced that the highly praised HealthySimAdmin video series is being made publicly available for the first time. Today we post Part 1: Collaborative simulation program development, across institutions and disciplines, which you can watch below:

Imagine splitting the cost of a brand new simulation center and operational program in thirds, while simultaneously increasing access to equipment, space and staff support. Now also consider the benefits of partnering with other healthcare professional disciplines to further breakdown the traditional educational training silos through your simulation program. Dean Carolyn Yucha RN, PhD, FAAN from UNLV’s Nursing and Allied Health Programs will launch our discussion into how to develop a multi-disciplinary multi-institutional collaborative simulation center. Dean Yucha spent three years leading the development of the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas, which supports the clinical education of three distinct institutions across a multitude of disciplines. Following Dean Yucha’s presentation, the HealthySimAdmin panel of experts will continue the discussion of related topics such as stakeholder identification and board/committee needs, types of umbrella administrative structures, architectural design considerations, financial reimbursement systems, building and program support services, legal requirements, ongoing collaborative issues and more. Funding models will be touched upon briefly but will be explored in greater depth during subsequent sessions. Audience question and answer sessions will follow the lecture and panel discussion. In summary, in this session we will learn how to build and continue a successful collaborative partnership for a medical simulation program.

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About the Presenter

Carolyn Yucha RN, PhD, FAAN is Dean of the School of Nursing and the School of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She was a developer of the CSCLV and serves on its Advisory Committee. Dr. Yucha earned her academic credentials from the State University of New York system: her BS in Nursing from the University at Albany, her MS in Nursing from the University at Buffalo, and her PhD in Physiology from Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse NY. She worked at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the University of Florida before moving to Las Vegas. Dr. Yucha has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, has published numerous articles, and is editor of a scientific journal, Biological Research for Journal.

Dr. Yucha was instrumental in creating the original concept of the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas. She worked with architects to design the space and worked closely with other Deans to develop the curriculum, staffing, and financial model to sustain the center. She serves on the Advisory Committee for the CSCLV.

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Implementing a Multidisciplinary Simulation Based Training in Interventional Radiology


Dr. Winokur is an Assistant Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital where he specializes in Interventional Radiology. In this video recorded event which was supported by Mentice, Dr. Winokur shares his experience of “Implementing a Multidisciplinary Simulation Based Training in Interventional Radiology, Leading to Better Patient Safety”.

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Founded in 1999, Mentice is the world leader in medical vascular simulation, providing high-end Simulation Solutions for training, education and assessment in a wide range of disciplines. The benefits of training with Mentice solutions are validated and well documented enhancing clinical performance, reducing cost, and in the long term, Improving Patient Safety. Mentice introduced the world’s first endovascular simulator in 2001 – the VIST – and has since been the market leader with the world’s largest install base of simulators for endovascular intervention. Mentice works closely with leading medical and healthcare professionals in order to develop long-term solutions for hands-on training. Mentice focuses on technical development, medical content and training curriculum in its endovascular and surgical simulator products. The company has vast experience from the use and application of simulators in both industry training sector and hospital based clinical skills training.

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Medical Simulation Program Administrators: “Dealing with Healthcare Simulation IT Issues” Session Free for One Week Only!

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If you manage or coordinate a healthcare simulation lab program then this is no April fool’s joke!

We continue to celebrate yesterday’s 500th article on by sharing here the 2-Hour HD recorded session from HealthySimAdmin on IT Issues & Structures for Healthcare Simulation Program Administrators, led by James Cypert, Technology Director for California Baptist University and currently Interim President for SimGHOSTS aka The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists. Valued at $150, for the next week you can now stream this video presentation from — but hurry it will go offline next week! Schedule some time to watch this powerful presentation by James followed by a panel discussion of eight simulation program administrators on the topic of IT. Click the link below to watch the 2 hour session!

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UNLV School of Nursing

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HealthySimAdmin was the world’s first broadcasted event providing an open and online discussion to share administrative solutions for the “how to” of medical simulation. During the live taping, more than 105 simulation program administrators from around the world participated in-person or online with the HealthySimAdmin panel of sim lab management experts from hospital, military, community college and university nursing programs, medical schools, EMS providers as well as medical simulation consultant groups to cover eight community-selected topics which included: Collaborative simulation program development, Funding sources & models, Faculty/educator buy-in, Research coordination, Daily operations, IT issues & support, Increasing utilization & Business development!

“IT Structures & Issues”: While the methodology of medical simulation has expanded exponentially in clinical education programs around the world, the understanding of the technical requirements necessary to operate these labs has remained somewhat linear. James Cypert leads our discussion of IT issues and support structures. He will provide valuable insights that will help your program avoid short and long-term technical failures. This conversation will include considerations for manikin, audiovisual, network, and computer desktop/laptop hardware needs. Our expert panel will then join James to discuss topics related to operating this new technology including: pitfalls to avoid when designing a new simulation space, lab security and how to control access to sensitive information, the most commonly preventable IT issues, IT support models, maximizing and protecting IT staff time, documentation development and distribution, and currently available training resources. This session will also introduce us to the benefits and recommendations when hiring simulation and IT staff as well as gaining their input on simulation-based equipment purchases. We will also discuss the critical need to consider and develop a plan for technology refresh cycles. Audience question and answer period to follow lecture and panel discussion. This session will help us learn how to successfully navigate the technology support needs of managing medical simulation.

Session Presentation Lead By:

James Dylan Cypert, BAP, BAIT, MCSE, MCT, MCP, MOUS, A+
Technology Director
California Baptist University School of Nursing

Balancing technological skills with interpersonal skills have always been the key to James Cypert’s success in technology. Earning degrees in Information Technology and another in Psychology stretched forth from his fundamental view that nearly all technology problems are really people issues. After spending 8 years in manufacturing, in 1997 James earned his first computer technology certification, and followed it with 14 more. James found great success for 12 in technical education by having a voracious appetite for learning and a unique ability explain complicated technological concepts in ways that were easily understood. In 2010, James accepted his current position as Technical Director for the School of Nursing at California Baptist University. He stepped into a simulation museum, with lots of bells and whistles and not used very often, structural design issues, the complexity of the systems, and lack of buy-in from IT made it difficult for the nursing content experts to get the desire outcomes from the technology. Working closely nursing content experts to develop scenarios, implementing faculty/staff development, and establishing buy-in with the universities IT department, the school of nursing has successfully transformed the simulation center from 2 simulations covering OB and Pediatrics for a total of 16 hours of simulation time, to a simulation center that now has 22 different simulations covering OB, Pediatrics, Adult Health, Mental Health, Critical Care, Community Health, Fundamentals, Physical Assessment, and Geriatrics for a total of 200+ hours of simulation time per semester. Recently James was appointed Interim President of the SimGHOSTS sim tech community support 501(c)3 non profit organization.

HealthySimAdmin IT Structures & Issues Session Now Offline!

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Right Now -> Free Virtual Conference Participation for HealthySimAdmin Morning Session “Collaborative Simulation Program Development”

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Right Now you and your colleagues are invited to watch the HealthySimAdmin opening session “Collaborative Simulation Program Development (Across Institutions and/or Disciplines)” live from your office desktop!

Imagine splitting the cost of a brand new simulation center and operational program in thirds, while simultaneously increasing access to equipment, space and staff support. Now also consider the benefits of partnering with other healthcare professional disciplines to further breakdown the traditional training silos through your simulation program to improve learning outcomes.

Stream live and ask questions from your office as Dean Carolyn Yucha RN, PhD, FAAN from UNLV’s Nursing and Allied Health Programs will launch the HealthySimAdmin discussion into how to develop a multidisciplinary multi-institutional collaborative simulation center. Dean Yucha spent three years leading the development of the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas, which supports the clinical education of three distinct institutions across a multitude of disciplines.

Afterwords gain insights from our dynamic panel of medical simulation administrators as they discuss their successes and answer your specific sim lab program questions via live-stream and chatroom! Topics covered during this free live-streaming session will include:

  • Stakeholder identification and board/committee needs
  • Types of umbrella administrative structures
  • Architectural design considerations
  • Financial reimbursement systems
  • Building and program support services
  • Legal requirements
  • Ongoing collaborative issues and much more…

No need to sign-up, simply visit this Thursday morning at 8:10AM PST (GMT-8) to join countless other simulation champions watching and getting their questions answered during this free portion of the HealthySimAdmin live-stream event!

Want to attend the full online meeting? It’s not too late!

There is still time to register and participate online with the complete 2-day HealthySimAdmin broadcasted event to gain additional administrative solutions for topics including sim lab: funding sources & models, faculty/educator buy-in, research coordination, daily operations, IT issues & support, increasing utilization and business development!

Top Ten Reasons to Register & Stream HealthySimAdmin Online:

10 ) Save big on costly travel & lodging fees by participating online.
9 ) Expand your knowledge by learning from a diverse group of sim admins.
8 ) Gain access to shared resources.
7 ) Get your specific questions answered with the most up-to-date industry information.
6 ) Learn with your new professional community.
5 ) Participate from anywhere in the world.
4 ) Affordable registration price.
3 ) Unlimited room seating per online registration.
2 ) Watch what you want, when you want by downloading the entire event!
1 ) Maximize your time with medical simulation management specific content.

Learn more about this new innovative discussion to find administrative solutions for the “how to” of medical simulation by visiting today!

“I highly recommend HealthySimAdmin and encourage other centers to take advantage of this experience.”

-Carolyn Scheese, RN, MS
Director of Simulation Operations
University of Utah, College of Nursing

Consulting at University of Utah’s Intermountain Healthcare Simulation Learning Center

Intermountain Healthcare Simulation Learning Center

Today I spent the day with the awesome team from the University of Utah Nursing School’s “Intermountain Healthcare Simulation Learning Center”.  This 12,600 square foot facility serves 128 new U of U Nursing students a year.  The center is divided between two studios: basic for “skills lab procedures” and advanced for “complex patient care management”.

The simulation wing holds six high-fidelity simulation suites and utilizes both Laerdal and Gaumard manikin products as well as 12 Studiocode audio-video system licenses.  Room dividers help to create additional lab spaces as necessary.

The simulation staff team including Carolyn, Connie, Rebecca, David, Debbie, Laura and I spent time discussing topics such as scheduling policies and procedures, staff job descriptions and adding additional staff, creating external revenue based contracts, center marketing and faculty training.

Check out the photo gallery  below from this beautiful facility and visit the Intermountain Healthcare Simulation Learning Center.

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Why you should hire Medical Simulation Design

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Medical Simulation Design may very well have been the best-kept secret in the Healthcare Simulation industry.  Jane Kleinman and Kristy Chambers have traveled the world developing simulation programs from Kaiser Permanente in San Jose to Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi.

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Start the Presses! Getting Attention to Your Sim Program.

Check out this great new article about the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas:

Do you have press knocking at the door to your Sim Labs? The benefits for working with the media are huge! In this article we will discuss:

-Why press coverage is so crucial for a developing Simulation program.
-How to secure media attention for your Medical Simulation program.
-Important steps to take when dealing with press and critical mistakes to avoid!

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The Reality of Simulation

I have visited dozens of healthcare simulation labs across the US, and to be honest, the Simulation Users who understand the true power behind Simulation are few and far between.  Even some of the labs that have all the latest equipment, well- trained facilitators and support staff, and the biggest centers in the World are still inherently missing the real point of Healthcare Simulation.

Is the real purpose of an $80,000 manikin and a $1,000,000 Sim Lab to teach skills, or is the purpose much more significant?

Today I will discuss how and why Healthcare Simulation provides participants with the opportunity not only to learn about patient care, but more importantly, to grow their individual ability to manage complex healthcare situations.

Warning: This article may change your life!

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Out of the closet and into the Sim Lab!

Until the summer of 2008, the nursing department at El Camino had literally a closet full of expensive simulation equipment but no clearly defined simulation program.   Faculty complained that it took too much time and effort to drag the equipment into the lab and set it all up.  Anyway, why use the manikin to teach Foley catheter insertion when a hip model would work just as well?

Two years later we have a thriving simulation program and a dedicated simulation lab.  How did we move out of the closet and into the simulation lab?  Presented in this article are two key components of a successful simulation program!

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