Featured Job Listing: Nurse Educator for Portsmouth VA Simulation Center

Engenium are currently seeking a Nurse Educator for the Simulation Center in Portsmouth VA to assist with medical simulation training for the United States Navy. Nurse Educators are responsible for developing and integrating training across a variety of training platforms and modalities to achieve and maintain an effective learning environment. This is a full-time position. See all our medical simulation jobs here!

Key Responsibilities:

  • Plan, organize, and direct education and training efforts related to the development and execution of training scenarios and curriculum.
  • Provide oversight of simulation curriculum and simulation scenario development.
  • Provide guidance for simulation courseware creation and/or modification in support of the Sustainment of designated courses
  • Identify learning needs based on Risk Management Data, Patient Safety Data, NOTAMS, and other applicable DoD regulatory and/or readiness requirements, and develop simulation-based courseware and scenarios based on these findings
  • Serve as a medical and simulation content subject matter expert (SME) for developing curriculum related to simulation technology
  • Remain abreast of current medical management practices and use that knowledge to adapt curriculum products
  • Evaluate simulation technologies and adjuncts to meet training gaps

Basic Qualifications:

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  • Five years of experience developing blended curricula for simulation-based medical training
  • Competence in blended learning environments that span the full spectrum of human patient simulators, online courseware, virtual patients, computer-based and mobile-based serious medical games, standardized patients, virtual environments and task trainers in support of a blended training environment
  • Involvement in professional organizations related to medical simulation and skills lab application in curricula.
  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing, education, human resource administration, organization development or related
  • Training or certification in learning theory and curriculum development.
  • Training in varying methods of courseware/curriculum development projects and feedback collection methodologies
  • Registered Nurse (RN)

Preferred Skills/Experience:

  • Master’s Degree in industrial or organizational psychology, nursing, education, or related discipline is desired
  • Military experience, particularly military medical experience
  • Working knowledge of the organizational functions and training requirements of Naval Medical Treatment Facilities
  • 1–2 years’ experience as any technical course instructor/facilitator

Professional Skills:

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, attention to detail, strong organizational skills, computer proficiency, and the ability to work under strict deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Knowledge of course development and education methodology for working with adult learners in a military environment
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and decision-making capabilities
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel)

Interested applicants should directly contact Jason Irving at Engenium

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Several Simulation Programs Gifted New Centers and Manikins, and One Still in Need!

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Giving must be in the air as multiple simulation programs have been gifted the products and spaces they need to better train healthcare professionals through simulation! Check out these recent stories of new programs and expanded center capabilities, and one where there is still a big need.

  1. UCA Host Grand Opening for Nabholz Center: “Today marks a significant step toward our goal of providing the latest technology and equipment for our health care faculty and students. Because of the generous gift from the Nabholz companies and foundation we have opened and equipped the Nabholz Center for Healthcare Simulation,” said UCA President Tom Courtway.
  2. Summit Receives New Grant for New Simulators: Nursing staff at Villa St. Vincent/The SUMMIT now have the ability to gain valuable on-site training after receiving a life-like geriatric medical training mannequin. Grant funds from Benedictine Health System, Duluth, Minn., provided staff development nurses from 30 BHS communities, including Villa St. Vincent, with mannequins and intensive training on how to utilize this new resource.
  3. Sadly, still in Need is the BCIT Program who Are Hoping to Raise Funds for Lucina: “The BCIT Simulation Lab for Specialty Nursing is in critical need of this equipment,” states a foundation funding proposal, “as today’s practice of dressing a male mannequin as a pregnant woman makes it challenging for students to believe that they are caring for a woman giving birth.”

University of Nebraska & Nebraska Medicine Awarded $20 Million to Develop National Simulation Training Center

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How would you like to receive a check for your Sim Center for $20,000,000? Well, Newswise just reported on one such awesome simulation program in Nebraska with such lucky news:

The University of Nebraska Medical Center/Nebraska Medicine have been awarded $19.8 million by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop a Training, Simulation and Quarantine Center to teach federal health care personnel procedures in treating highly infectious diseases and to create a place to monitor persons who have received a high-risk exposure to a highly infectious disease, such as Ebola.

“This is both a tremendous opportunity and responsibility, and I know our medical center will rise to the challenge,” said UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D. “Given UNMC and Nebraska Medicine’s successful experience during the Ebola crisis, our state-of-the-art biocontainment unit, and the planned Interdisciplinary Experiential Center for Enduring Learning (iEXCEL), we are perfectly positioned to deliver on this project. We appreciate the support that Congressman Brad Ashford and the entire Nebraska Congressional delegation have shown for UNMC on this project.”

“UNMC is a worldwide leader in the fight against Ebola and other highly infectious diseases, and this funding will strengthen their ability to share their knowledge with the broader health care community,” said Rep. Brad Ashford, who helped lead the push for the funding in Congress. 

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Shriners New Simulation Centre in Montreal Helps Train Medical Staff

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Check out this CBC News article about the simulation center in Montreal which was built with support by a local Shriners group:

There are definitely some perks to being a journalist, among them knowing that I am unlikely to ever be directly responsible for saving someone’s life. That’s good news for me – and even better news for anyone who might have depended, hypothetically, on my care. This became painfully obvious at the Shriners Hospital Wednesday as I held poor little Jose’s rubbery head in my hands as he struggled to breathe.

Health professionals have been poking and prodding Jose for several weeks, doing their best to save him from one ailment or another. He’s been lying in a bed at the Shriners’ new pediatric simulation centre at the Glen site. Jose is eight years old, and real doctors at the hospital tell me the patient is either a boy or a girl, leaving me to decide the gender. (I chose boy). I guess it’s important to point out that Jose is, first and foremost, a mannequin. No matter how badly I screwed up, I really couldn’t have made his situation worse.

Read the full story on the Canadian Broadcasting Channel News Website!

Marcia & Eugene Applebaum Simulation Learning Institute at Beaumont, Royal Oak

Saw this new great video tour of the Marcia & Eugene Applebaum Simulation Learning Institute at Beaumont, Royal Oak, explained as one of the most advanced medical simulation facilities in North America. This $4.5 million educational facility is designed to change the way health care professionals learn and train. With its state-of-the-art equipment and experienced staff, the Center further cements Beaumont’s reputation as a leader in medical education and high-quality patient care.

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Mission: Make Patient Safety as Important as Medical Progress

The mission of the Applebaum Simulation Learning Institute at Beaumont Hospitals is to provide national leadership in the scientific application of modern simulation technologies to improve cognitive, communication and psychomotor skills for health care providers. By providing leadership in the scientific application of simulation technology in health care education, we hope to accomplish our goal of shifting the learning curve for surgical procedures and technologies out of the clinical operating room environment to improve safety and outcomes for the patients we serve.

Going Beyond Surgery

The Applebaum Simulation Learning Institutes’s efforts reach beyond surgical skills training to involve a complete range of health care professions. Programs have been conducted for hospital departments of:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Emergency and trauma
  • Internal medicine
  • Medical education
  • Nursing
  • Pediatrics
  • Surgery
  • Surgical technologists

Programs even reach out into the community to retrain workers for jobs in the medical field or encourage younger students to enter the field. Unique to other training facilities, the Institute includes in its training programs the development of research-based objectives and metrics to measure educational effectiveness.

Learn more at the Applebaum Simulation Learning Institute Webpage!

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JUMP Trading Simulation & Education Center Leads Innovation for Medical Simulation

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Jump Trading Simulation & Education is a powerful force for innovation within our community of medical simulation. Recently the Center brought together leaders from High Consequence Industries (HCIs) came together to share ideas on Safety, Training, and Engineering Processes because Technology is evolving at a rapidly increasing pace, and with it, so do advances and concerns in safety science.

At the event “former Air Force Flight Surgeon and Captain for United Airlines, (retired) Dr. Bill Rutherford, believes that technology has become a crutch for safety. When technology starts to do everything for you, it is easy to lose focus. Over time, people begin to feel that they don’t actually need to perform, and hence lose – or never acquire – the knowledge to safely execute basic functions. This inability to perform becomes an issue when there is a hardware or software failure that requires a person to take control of the situation.

Going back to the basics could also save time and money. In health care, a lot of unnecessary costs could be avoided if caregivers were to take the time to talk to the patient and do a physical examination instead of immediately requesting tests and letting machines do the work. To reestablish and maintain such a culture, Dr. Rutherford believes that industries should continually reappraise training priorities and approaches, as well instilling the tenants of a Culture of Safety.” Click to read more…

This event is just one of dozens of collaborative projects, events and partnerships the JUMP team has put together through the leadership of Chief Medical Officer John Vozenilek, MD, FACEP, Executive Director of Innovation Paul Pribaz, and the rest of the amazing faculty and staff of this program. Whether its partnering engineers and clinicians through their ARCHES program, Entrepreneur in Residence support, courses on startup success or work with CSE Software, JUMP has their focus forward.

About Jump:

Through the amazing virtual tour of Jump seen above , learn how actual medical equipment is combined with state-of-the-art simulation devices and facilities to attract the finest minds in clinical education and provide the highest level of medical research, training and innovation.

Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center (Jump) is an incubator where collaboration and innovation lead the transformation of health care worldwide. Jump programs and objectives are key to improving the safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of care for community members across the region. A collaboration between OSF HealthCare and University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria (UICOMP), Jump advances the Missions of both organizations.

Learn more at JUMPSimulation.org

NBC Live Report Covers Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center


Recently I had the wonderful privilege of visiting The Women’s Guild Simulation Center For Advanced Clinical Skills at Cedars-Sinai of Los Angeles, which you can read all about here. Seems like HealthySim.com is not the only news group to pick up on this amazing simulation facility as Southern California’s NBC Channel 4 recently visited the center for this video report:

Phillips and his cardiac surgical team practice their complex procedures on a regular basis at Women’s Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills at Cedars-Sinai. The $15 million dollar facility is a fully functional operating room with one big difference: the patients are state-of-the-art mannequins. Their skin feels and behaves like human skin; they have exact replicas of human organs; and they can be programmed with vital signs and medical problems. They can even bleed, talk, hyperventilate and give birth.

It’s as close to the real thing without putting a human patient at risk. “If you’re doing complex surgeries you’re able to simulate the actual surgery you’re going to do,” Dr. Alistair Phillips explains.

During the simulation, the medical team is challenged with a series of complications including equipment problems, patient complications, and emergencies. Working through these problems in advance of the actual surgery, not only improves their teamwork, but helps them prepare for the unexpected. Dr Bruce says “That means cutting down on risks and complications and improving results.” Read the full NBC4 News Story here.

Be sure to read my interview here with Center Manager Russell Metcalfe-Smith to learn more!

EMS To Launch New ‘Global Institute for Simulation Training’ in November


While preparing for my EMS webinar this Wednesday October 1st at 2PM EST on the topic of “Affordably Increasing Simulation Technology Staff”, I learned that the company is opening its brand new Global Institute for Simulation Training mid November in Exton Pennsylvania. The SimulationIQ team forwarded me this invitation to anyone regionally, nationally, or internationally who is interested in touring this state-of-the-art simulation facility put together by Education Management Solutions:

Please save the date for the Global Institute for Simulation Training’s grand opening reception on November 13, 2014 from 4-6:00 PM in Exton, PA.

The Global Institute for Simulation Training, a not for profit organization, features ten clinical rooms, two lecture rooms, and two control rooms in 5000 sq. ft. of flexible education space. The center includes a fully integrated audio-video system to capture training and debriefing sessions, a robust learning management system, and clinical task trainers and simulators.

“We are creating a state-of-the-art facility where educators will have the latest technology and tools to teach and conduct research, and learners will improve skills in a safe environment,” says Laurie Kerns, educator and board member of the Global Institute for Simulation Training. Laurie is also Vice President of Education Services at Education Management Solutions (EMS), a pioneer in providing solutions for the clinical simulation industry.  

More information will be coming out soon so stay tuned to SimulationIQ.com!

JumpTrading Simulation Center Grand Opening

Simulation Champion Jim Rowland emailed me this week to let me know about a new simulation center in Illinois!


“Lance, I thought you might like to hear what’s happening at Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center of Peoria, IL. Jump is a new 67,000 square foot simulation center, located on the campus of OSF Healthcare, which is scheduled to open on April 24th. Yesterday, Jump received a new ambulance, which was donated by Advanced Medical Transport of Peoria, for our Regional Transport Center, an indoor training facility which features a mock one-bedroom house for extrication and home health training. Jump is a collaboration of OSF Healthcare and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria.”

You can learn more about the new grand opening and this wonderful new facility at the Jump Simulation Website.

Medical Design Reviews Cleveland Clinic Sim Center

Medical simulation continues to expand its healthcare footprint as last week Editor Joe Jancsurak of Medical Design, the source for the design and manufacturing of medical devices, covered the Cleveland Clinic’s Simulation Center:

The Cleveland Clinic’s 59,000-sq-ft Multidisciplinary Simulation Center­­—home to a dozen programmable patients (children and adults alike) and about 100 different types of simulators that help prepare docs and nurses—from novices to experts—for procedures and, emergencies, or to just practice “routine” tasks such as laparoscopic suturing.

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Another important element to the Cleveland Clinic’s simulation efforts is the ability to stage simulations “on the road” for just-in-time (JIT) training at one of its nearly 90 facilities in Northeast Ohio.

“We can stage a cardiac simulation in one of our hospitals,” says Jelovsek. “We can wheel the ‘patient’ into the unit and run a mock drill to see how the team functions and to clarify roles and responsibilities before an event occurs. “

Read the rest of the Medical Design Article “Medical simulation: It’s about playing for keeps”.

Looking to gain such press attention at your medical simulation program? Check out our article on how to grab such great media attention for your simulation program!