Update: Abstract Deadline PUSHED for SimGHOSTS USA to March 7th!

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UPDATE! The deadline has been extended until March 7th for USA! SimGHOSTS @ SESAM Paris is closed!

Share your ideas and projects with the community, connect with others, and plan future collaboration by presenting at SimGHOSTS 2017 USA!  The due date to submit your proposal is *UPDATE* now March 7th!

Submit Your SG17USA Proposal here!

Submit Your SimGHOSTS Track @ SESAM Paris Here!

We are now accepting proposals in the following categories for SG17USA:



  • Podium Presentations (lecture with powerpoint)
  • Workshops (hands-on activity, 2 to 4 hours long)
  • Poster Presentations (“Science Fair” type of explanation of project, program, research, etc)
  • DIY Contest Entry (live demonstration or online video of a technology hack, unique design or other project)
  • Hackathon Workshop (A 4hr workshop to ‘hack’ a new product, service, or project that could better support the simulation industry)

Accepted Podium Presentations earn one (1) $50 registration discount for one of the presenters. Accepted Workshops earn $50 registration discount for up to three (3) presenters. Accepted DIY & Poster proposals will be eligible for competition in the DIY Contest and Poster Exhibition. For both types of proposals, we will be selecting a Best In Show judged by SimGHOSTS representatives, as well as a Community Award voted on by event attendees. Prizes will be distributed during the Awards Ceremony.

SimGHOSTS Topic Categories are:

  • Audiovisual Technology
  • Information Technology Management
  • Administration Medical/Clinical Topics
  • Moulage
  • Simulation Technology
  • Professional Development
  • Educational practices

SG17USA Event info:

Location: WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning
Raleigh, North Carolina
Pre-Symposium: August 1st, 2017
Symposium: August 2nd-4th, 2017

Learn more about the SimGHOSTS 2017 USA Event HERE!


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Featured Job Listing: Simulation Technician Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

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Simulation Technician – LINKS Training & Support
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

Category: Clinical Services
Job Type: Part-Time
Shift: Days
Location: Palo Alto, CA, United States
Req: 5831
FTE: 0.6 (Clinical Services 0.6 FTE, 8 Hour; Schedule varies)

Job Link

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is the heart and soul of Stanford Children’s Health. Nationally ranked and internationally recognized, our 311-bed hospital is devoted entirely to pediatrics and obstetrics. Our six centers of excellence provide comprehensive services and deep expertise in key obstetric and pediatric areas: brain & behavior, cancer, heart, pregnancy & newborn, pulmonary and transplant. We also provide an additional, wide range of services for babies, kids and pregnant moms.

Job Summary

The Simulation Technician facilitates the practice and experience of applying new medical techniques, using a wide variety of technologies and methodologies. This role will assist the Simulation Specialist in the implementing new services and features for existing systems.

Essential Functions

The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification.  They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities.  Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Employees must abide by all Joint Commission Requirements including but not limited to sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patient rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings.

Must perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the Service Standards of the Hospital(s).

  • Assists with medical simulation training by preparing for session, setting up task trainers and operating patient simulators during medical simulation scenarios
  • Prepares, plans and creates realistic simulations. Works with other staff to maintain and manage all aspects of the Simulation Lab
  • Assists in continued integration of medical simulation methodologies in curriculum, including education training, skill development and assessment
  • Operates and maintain task trainers, mannequin-based simulators, virtual reality procedural trainers and associated supplies and equipment
  • Collaborates with vendors to troubleshoot equipment and system problems and to implement hardware and software updates
  • Participates in community outreach programs and other duties as assigned
  • Sets up, operation of, and pack down of skills, simulation, and associated education equipment
  • Assists in video production such as planning, filming, and editing

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.

Education: High School Diploma or GED equivalent

Experience: Three (3) years of directly related work experience

License/Certification: None

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills required to perform successfully the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or licensure/certification.

  • Ability to coordinate multiple meetings and resources (people, equipment, locations)
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize, work independently and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization
  • Knowledge in operating high fidelity mannequin-based simulators, Audio Visual technologies, and other simulation related Information Technology systems.
  • Knowledge of new technologies (in specific field) and maintain and stay abreast of updates and changes.
  • Knowledge of hospital policies, procedures and safety and health requirements
  • Knowledge of  PC-based and Mac-based office, Audio Visual, and editing software, computers and operating systems and ability to troubleshoot the equipment

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

The Physical Requirements and Working Conditions in which the job is typically performed are available from the Occupational Health Department. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY!

Times Herald Interviews Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist Sean Murphy

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Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist Sean Murphy from St. Clair County Community College’s simulation center was interviewed last month about his work in our “growing field”. Check out this excerpt:

“From his seat in the glassed-in control room of St. Clair County Community College’s simulation center, Murphy manipulates computerized human stand-ins lying in hospital beds in a mock emergency ward in the next room.

At the touch of a mouse, he can make the high-fidelity dummies “breathe,” their diaphragms rising and falling. He can produce an ever-present outflow of the patient’s vital stats, forcing the student nurses to constantly monitor heart rates and blood pressure as they rush about administering I.V. fluids and life-saving medications within a critical few minutes’ time. Throughout the exercise, he and instructor-coordinator Kim Murphy observe the students’ responses that are picked up and transmitted live to control room monitors. 

Murphy said health care training using simulated patients is a growing field involving working with manufacturers and sales reps and attending conferences to stay current. Hospitals are using the training with their own employees in addition to universities, and the military uses the technology to simulate combat situations among its medical technicians.

“I see it as a growing field. It’s a new and upcoming profession, and it’s very exciting, actually,” he said.”

Read the Full Story about Sean on the Times Herald Website!


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Texas Tarleton State University Seeks Simulation Technology Specialist

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Institution: Tarleton State University

Location: Stephenville, TX

Position Title: Simulation Technology Specialist – Nursing Program

Salary Range (pending qualifications): $55,500 – $66,000

Responsibilities: Coordinates Nursing Simulation labs; Maintains simulation manikins; Researches and tests new technologies as they relate to healthcare training and assessment objectives (simulation). Coordinates, schedules, and provides individual and group training sessions for faculty and staff on various topics related to technologies used for human patient simulation and various clinical simulation technologies; Maintains system upgrades for EMS Simulation software; Programs simulation scenarios.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree; 3 years of experience supporting faculty in the operation of skills assessment technologies; Professional work experience with simulation-related programs and technology, particularly those technologies that are immersive, hands-on and provide an environment that emulates the space in which learners will serve for their careers. Tarleton State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer

Application Process: Interested applicants apply online by visiting our employment website at https://jobs.tarleton.edu.

Want to feature your job listing? Start at our healthcare simulation jobs page to learn more!

2015 Australia and USA Event Locations Announced for Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist Training & Community Events

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Looking for the best in simulation technology training and community support? Well mark your 2015 calendars because the world’s leading organization for those operating simulation technology just announced its 2015 event schedule! SimGHOSTS will be at the Clinical Skills Development Service late June and Cedar-Sinai for USA in August! Year after year this technology-centered event grows in attendance by both operational staff and leading industry vendors. Now celebrating its 5th year, SimGHOSTS has firmly established itself as the premiere organization for healthcare simulation technical conversations! Watch the video testimonials from SimGHOSTS 2014 Australia which was just published:

What is SimGHOSTS?

SimGHOSTS, aka the Gathering Of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists, and is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization dedicated to providing hands-on training, online resources, and community support for Sim Techs or those operating medical simulation technology. SimGHOSTS has held internationally attended events to provide community-driven and vendor technical training.

Now operating in its fifth year, SimGHOSTS continues its expanded mission offering yet again both a US-based and Australian-based events in 2015!

5th Annual SimGHOSTS USA Event Save the Date:

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Los Angeles, California

August 4-7th

Presentation Proposal Submission: Launches December 1st, Ends March 1st

Registration Opens Earlier this year: March 16th

About the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills: The Women’s Guild Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills is an immersive environment equipped with the latest in human patient simulators and medical devices. The center replicates the reality of professionals working together performing different roles and navigating the latest technology within our system. Multi-professional clinical skills development, teamwork, improving communication and, ultimately, patient safety are at the heart of the center’s ethos. This proactive approach – training in teams, communicating in teams and solving problems in teams – helps Cedars-Sinai provide the best possible care to patients and provides staff with the latest in educational technology.

The new Simulation Center is the ultimate training environment — one where surgeons, physicians, nurses, and allied healthcare professionals can master advanced skills. By constantly improving the skills of clinical staff, Women’s Guild is providing a resource that benefits every department at Cedars-Sinai and the patients they serve.


SimGHOSTS 2015 Australia 2nd Annual Event:

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Brisbane, Queensland

June 23rd-26th, 2015

Presentation Submission: Now Open until January 31st. Visit the SG15AUS Abstract submission page here.

Event Registration Opens February 9th

For the past four years, SimGHOSTS has continued to see increased attendance by the international community of Simulation Technology Specialists or those who operate healthcare simulation technology at the annual hands-on training events. With a mission to connect the world’s growing population of simulation technology professionals together, the non profit organization’s leadership has continued to engage in relationship building with organizations inside and outside the United States.  After a successful inaugural Australian event in 2014 and several strong partnerships built with healthcare simulation leaders in the country, SimGHOSTS 2015: Australia will be an exciting second chapter for our organization!

SimGHOSTS, or The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists, is bringing its successful hands-on training event for those operating simulation technology and labs in Australia this June 2015! Join us at The Clinical Skills Development Service at the Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital this June 23rd – 26th to take part in manikin programming, hardware repair, A/V System debugging, medical pharmacology, IT infrastructure building, community development and much much more!

About the CSDS:

The Queensland Health Clinical Skills Development Service (CSDS) is the one of the world’s largest providers of healthcare simulation. We deliver education and training to Queensland Health staff and external healthcare providers at the Skills Development Centre and state-wide. We aim to achieve the best outcomes for patients, educators, and clinicians in Queensland through seven core functions.

Annually, the SDC now supports the training to tens of thousands clinicians and students. This training is being matched by the work of Skills Centres and Pocket Simulation Centres that the CSDS supports through the training of Faculty and Simulation Coordinators, provision of curriculum resources, and the distribution and maintenance of simulator equipment across the state. An investment in research and ongoing commitment to improving services for simulation education providers will continue to enable simulation to enhance the education of clinicians, improve clinical service delivery, and contribute to better clinical outcomes for patients.


SimGHOSTS 2015 events will provide hands-on training workshops, special pre-symposium courses and podium presentations in:

  • Manikin Programming & Hardware Repair
  • A/V System Design, Integration and Consolidation
  • IT Networking & Debugging
  • Trauma & Suturing Moulage Makeup
  • Video Production & Editing Techniques
  • Team Communication & Leadership
  • Medical Pharmacology for Scenarios
  • Career Development & Staff Management
  • Much much more!

Who Should Attend This Event?

Anyone responsible for the technical operation of a medical simulation lab including full-time or part-time Sim Techs, or clinical educators tasked with operating the day-to-day of simulation spaces. As well, anyone evaluating medical-simulation based technology should strongly consider attending as most major industry vendors are encouraged to attend.

Other meetings are better suited for clinical educators specifically looking to learn how to teach with medical simulation.

Learn more about the SimGHOSTS 2015 Australia Event and the USA Event!

CHEST Innovation, Simulation and Training Center Available for Hosting Healthcare Training Events

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Currently wrapping up is SimGHOSTS 2014 USA at the American College of CHEST Physicians in Glenview Illinois, just outside of Chicago. An amazing location for innovative training — so if you are looking for a host center you should consider CHEST!

The Innovation, Simulation, and Training Center at CHEST Global Headquarters is a state-of-the art facility fully equipped to deliver clinical medical education as well as events outside the medical field. Designed and built by the American College of Chest Physicians, the training center easily accommodates any variety of meetings. Whether you want to use their cutting-edge simulation resources and high-tech audiovisual equipment or just want a comfortable gathering space, they can tailor their services to meet your needs. From the moment you and your guests step into this award-winning building, you’ll appreciate their modern style and traditional values for offering the best services for your event.


The ISTC training center includes:

  • A 3,200-square foot auditorium, ideal for lectures and forums
  • Eight conference rooms
  • Six simulation training labs designed to feel like ICU suites
  • Additional amenities to support your event

CHEST staff offers:

  • Meeting management assistance: We have certified meeting professionals who can help you coordinate your event.
  • Clinical simulation training expertise: Our simulation staff can help manage your event.

The Innovation, Simulation, and Training Center and CHEST Global Headquarters boast a modern, sleek design that is welcoming and comfortable. Behind the scenes, a state-of-the-art technological infrastructure can support a wide range of technology needs.

Designed to be environmentally and socially responsible, the training center and headquarters are built to Silver LEED specifications. And, in 2013, CHEST Global Headquarters won the prestigious “Green Development of the Year Award” from the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, the premier organization for real estate professionals in metropolitan Chicago.

They are committed to traditional values and excellence. Their clinical education programs are internationally recognized and accredited. They hold Accreditation With Commendation from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, placing them in the highest tier of continuing medical education providers. As the first medical association in the nation to receive accreditation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, they are recognized as an international leader in providing hands-on learning opportunities.

View a list of their live courses, many of which are taking place at the new center.

Are you looking to rent the training center space? Visit their CHEST training center website.

Bridging The Gap Between Clinical and Non-Clinical Simulation Technicians

Educating Non-Clinical Sim Techs in Need to Know PathophysiologyWritten By Guest Author Simulation Technician Lisa Schwaberow

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The field of Simulation in the medical community is an exciting and fulfilling way to make a living. For those that are clinical it is a way to pass on what they know to others. For the non-clinical Sim Techs, it is a way to give back to the community. Assisting with the training of medical professionals who will save a life is very rewarding. In a way, the non-clinical person is helping save lives by helping others learn what they know. How gratifying it is to know that as a Sim Tech you are saving lives, and making a difference in this world. Being a Sim Tech is not just a 9-5 job, where you bring home a paycheck each week. The paycheck is a bonus. A Sim Tech, clinical or non-clinical is a very gratifying career.

There is a division in the field of Simulation Technology. There are Sim Techs that are clinical and Sim Techs that are not clinical. A Simulation center cannot exist without either of these roles. A clinical person will struggle with how the software works, or what to do when something goes wrong with the technology that is a big part of the simulation experience.  On the other hand the Sim Tech who is great with running the situation, they struggle with when to raise or lower the blood pressure in certain scenarios, or creating scenarios for clients that are medically accurate. They are both vitally important to one another.

Yes, a non-clinical Sim Tech can learn the terminology, reactions and pathophysiology of the human body. But if you are hiring a fairly new non-clinical Sim Tech don’t expect them to learn the terminology, the medicine effects, the circulation systems and all that Simulation entails, in a few months. Remember a clinical Sim Tech has been immersed in this knowledge for years. Be patient with the non-clinical Sim Tech, teach them what they need to know, help them in their journey to being a medical Sim Tech that can be a valuable part of the team. Chances are the non-clinical Sim Tech has an interest in medicine or they wouldn’t have gravitated towards this field.

If you are a non-clinical Sim Tech you may be asking what you can do to learn more about the pathophysiology of the human body. Hopefully you work in an environment that is supportive of your desire to learn. If you are not that fortunate, there are many apps for the ipad/iphone for assisting with this process. Here are several that are useful:

Resuscitation
Here is an app that is great if you like to have fun while learning. This app is not a game but has some game like qualities. The app has quite a few cases. It involves a patient that has been admitted to the hospital and you must diagnose and treat them. You can choose to let the app give you a random case or you can choose the specific case you would like to test your skills on. There are cases for Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Gynecology, EMS Paramedic, Labor and Delivery, and Pediatrics. The starting screen is your patient lying on a hospital bed.  You then decide what to do next. You can read the history of the patient, and their symptoms. You then choose to hook up the patient monitor, start an IV, give a nasal cannula, run tests, and order consults. After you feel you have all the information you need you then put in a diagnosis. If you ran the tests that were necessary, and consulted the specialists, made a diagnosis and put it in, then you are ranked….it is very exciting to rank above student! This is a great way to practice what is being taught in the simulation classes.

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If you like to learn by memorization then this app might be appealing to you. It is the old fashion way of having index cards and flipping them, in a new high tech way. The beauty of this app is that you can create your own stack of cards or you can download sets that others have created. Most all of them are at little to no cost. Here is a screen shot of just a few of the stacks that are available.

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ACLS Megacodes – AHA Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support

This app is questions about ACLS. There are AHA Megacodes you “run”, choosing what you would do and it goes to the next question.  This app also has the ACLS Provider Manual, but you must purchase each module at $2.99. Another nice feature is the ACLS Calculators, everything from Glasgow Coma Scale to Unit Conversions. The useful calculators are included in the app and include 21 different modules. ACLS Flash cards are also included in this app. These are broken down into groups such as Bradycardia, Tachycardia, Cardiac Arrest and more, at no additional cost.

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Looking for a great Sim Tech? Lisa is looking to bring her technical experience to a new Sim Lab program so contact Lisa Schwaberow on LinkedIn!

SimGHOSTS “Sim Tech Training 2014 Events” Update

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SimGHOSTS just shared the latest updates regarding their 2014 events! There is limited time left to secure passes for the Australia event, and half of the early-bird passes for the USA event have already sold out. Since 2011 – SimGHOSTS, aka The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists, has provided thousands of Sim Techs from the around the world with the hands-on training events and online resources they need for professional and program development. Now recognized as an official 501(c)3 non-profit organization, SimGHOSTS continues to be the innovative leader for the growing numbers of Simulation Technicians with two events in 2014:

SimGHOSTS 2014 Australia:
(June 25-27th at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia)

  • Estimated attendance has been secured and thus Early-Bird Registrations have sold out! May discounts are still in effect so register today.
  • Attendees still have time to submit their “DIY Sim Lab Project Video” for the B-Line Medical Competition for their chance to win up to $1000 in prizes!
  • Sponsoring Vendors now include:
    • Platinum Sponsor: iSimulate
    • Gold Sponsor: B-Line Medical
    • Gold Sponsor: Clinical Skills Development Service
    • Silver Sponsor: Laerdal
    • Bronze Sponsor: Limbs & Things
    • Bronze Sponsor: Scientific Educational Supplies
  • Opening Reception details to be announced shortly

SimGHOSTS 2014 USA:
(August 5th-8th at the American College of Chest Physicians in Greater Chicago, IL)

  • Half of Early-Bird Registrations have already sold out. Hurry to secure your USA registration now!
  • Attendees still have time to submit their “Sim Lab How-To” Video for the B-Line Medical Competition for their chance to win up to $1000 in prizes!
  • Pocket Nurse Scholarship Winners Announced
  • Opening Reception to be held at PinStripes Bowling! Download the event brochure for more details.
  • Sponsoring Vendors now include:
    • Platinum & Opening Reception Sponsor: To Be Announced Shortly
    • Gold Sponsor: Laerdal
    • Gold Sponsor: B-Line Medical
    • Silver Sponsor: Worldpoint
    • Silver Sponsor: CAE Healthcare
    • Silver Sponsor: Gaumard Scientific
    • Bronze Sponsor: Limbs & Things
    • Bronze Sponsor: Simulab
    • Bronze Sponsor: Surgical Science
    • Bronze Sponsor: SimulationIQ
    • Bronze Sponsor: Medical Shipment
    • Bronze Sponsor: Cardionics
    • Bronze Sponsor: KBPort
    • Bronze Sponsor: Pocket Nurse
    • Bronze Sponsor: Otosim

2014 is certainly becoming the “Year of the Sim Tech” — Learn more at SimGHOSTS.org!

Community Feedback Agrees: Sim Techs Need Technical Background

This week my article “Avoid The Most Common Medical Simulation Hiring Mistake” has already received a lot of great responses from the healthcare simulation community on LinkedIn, especially in the HealthySim LinkedIn group which is now over 1,000 strong!

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Clearly the issue of hiring Sim Techs without a technical background is a major issue within our community. HealthySimulation.com and SimGHOSTS have been dedicated to helping increase the adoption and utilization of medical simulation technology — and a major concept within that work is the recognition and promotion of the simulation technology specialist role as being a crucial component for a successful medical simulation program.

Read these great responses to the article and share your own by emailing me at: Lance@HealthySimulation.com – I will add them to the growing list!

Thomas Kemp – Vice President of Higher Learning Technology LLC

This is a GREAT observation and question I have often pondered over. I also felt the same disappointment that the author of the question you have focused on felt. “Why are graduate degree(s), and years of technology skills so easily dismissed by the medical community whom I am actively trying to assist?” After visiting several institutions, it was my observation that Universities and Colleges that had IT/AV sim-technical staff in place to support simulation seemingly had better running programs. Yet, AV/IT is often far down the list in job descriptions or requirements in simlabs. In a medical simulation laboratory where a one HF SimMan may require 3 operating systems with little to no standardization between mannequin models, let alone manufacturers, I find this almost baffling… add to the lab the need for online instructional technology and simcapture technology and I think you have a recipe for real problems in the making.

In wanting to be able to “talk the talk”, and be able to relate to my fellow Nursing, EMS faculty and students, I put myself through the Ohio 150 hour EMTB course. Without question it gave me more insight and allows me to play an active role in developing simulations technologies I am pursing. The jury is still out however, as to how “necessary” it was/is for me or others with similar instructional technology backgrounds; or just how or far a simulation tech should go in continued education. Most cases I have observed, nursing faculty was/is looking for teaching technical assistance. So, in reality the Simtech depending on the scope of the job duty and size of the organization could function more as an IT Network Engineer, an Audio Visual Specialist, Curriculum Developer or Instructional Designer, and certainly the need for a medical background is obvious.

If I were to advise someone who wanted to get in the simulation field as a career I would tell them to get a degree as a RN/BSN with a minor in hospital informatics. But, I would suggest the recommendation is based on the perceived needs of a simulation technician and not necessarily the observed actual technical reality.

This is just my perspective!

Holly Pugh – Director, Clinical Simulation Center

Lance and readers – I cannot agree more with your assessment of the need to hire qualified simulation technicians with a background in technology, not healthcare. I run a program that started in 2009 and was the “computer person” with an RN degree and certified in nursing informatics. I quickly realized that my skills in computer technology, while great for a nurse, were not going to allow me to grow my program the way I envisioned. I began discussions immediately about the need for a person with true computer knowledge (using the arguments you discussed in your original document) and was able to get an FTE for a full time simulation tech. He has been working for me for a year and a half now and the program is booming. He has the skill and expertise to manage the equipment to maximize the lifespan of the manikins, as well as to perform the AV and networking functions that used to make me run screaming from the lab. Thanks for continuing to communicate on this important aspect of running a simulation center.

Jessie Johnson – Curriculum Development, Clinical Instructor, Lecturer Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

For me personally, I think that has been the kind of slanted thinking we are programmed to do. At least I thought so. I figured you had to be well versed in health care to teach healthcare. I can honestly say that I never thought about all the techy stuff involved in the delivery of a SIM service. I think you are right most of us are at that golden age however, we are not adverse to change given the proper information and tools.

Carl Rod – Clinical Simulation Lab at Rose State College

Lance:

How well I agree with you. I started in my current position at 20 hours a week. I was hired due to my many years as a respiraqtory therapist (over 40, but I’ve stopped counting). But I have additional background in equipment maintenance, electronics, computer programming and miscellaneous “stuff”. I have been wroking to bring the lab to a higher level of usage and develop programming to challenge the students and develop “critical thinking skills”. Much of what I do is not direct respiratory care, but between what I know, what I’m learning and my “native” curiosity the lab is slowly developing.

This is still a “new” way of teaching and will take time to get folks on board. We also need to get more into specialized, student directed scenarios for other than nurses, paramedics and specialty doctors. There are a few of us dealing with RT, so we will have an impact sooner than later.
Great discussion.

Billie Paschal – Health Science Simulation Technician at North Central Texas College

I am this article! I was hired at NCTC as a contractor to put the newly purchased mankins together and make it all fit and work in the 1800 sq ft space that was given to the simulation lab. All I had were two degrees an MRS & MOM! Now two years later I have the title Health Sciences Simulation Technician, but am VERY limited in what I can do due to NO LETTERS! Part of the trouble of being in education is getting someone to listen unless you have more letters than them. I have no problem with this, and it has motived me to go back and finsih the degree I started 20 years ago. Just give someone a chance. P.S. I am a lot CHEAPER than an educator, nurse, or IT person. 🙂

Michael Lundin – Coordinator, Northern Clinical Simulation Centres at Northern Health Authority

Great article Lance, It speaks volumes to the experience and expertise you bring to the simulation world. As you know I entered Clinical Simulation just over two years ago with no Health Care Background. When they were looking to hire my position there was a great deal of discussion to hire someone with clinical or technical background. What I have experienced is that you certainly do not require your operator to have any healthcare certifications to support simulation sessions. I supported sessions for most of the first year and then we hired another technical background operator in which I trained and she too has been very successful in supporting clinical simulation. What we have also experienced is that every department or school brings their own expertise to the table which allows the operator the ability to do what they do best “set up and run the simulator”. This in turn allows the educator to do what they do best “guide sessions, observe sessions, and facilitate quality debriefing”. We have become part of the educators “team” and work hand in hand with all disciplines and departments of healthcare to deliver high quality simulation based education.

Lisa Schwaberow – Simulation Specialist at Palmetto Health

This is a great article and I passed it on. I am an IT/Computer, Graphic Artist, Photographer, and Web Designer. I was hired for these skills, yet because I am not clinical the other Sim Specs are not about making my life easy! They resent the fact that I need to keep learning the clinical side and I ask a lot of questions. They are all paramedics, emt or Firefighters, and it has caused problems. Maybe this is normal in other tech centers? I have done everything I know how to over come this issue, studying, and learning, but the minds are made up. I come in with a smile, do the best I can do, and realize that these people will never be personal friends. I LOVE my job at the Simulation Center and I love what I do and how it makes a the world a bit better place. That is why I smile and that is why I come to work everyday. This is the most amazing field I have ever worked in!

Faith Phillips –

Lance, I am an RN, and have worked in Simulation Education for several years. I have to agree whole-heartedly with you! As I have worked with colleagues from various programs, I have been rather shocked at the lack of IT support. I was spoiled in this regard with my previous location having a great Operations Manager and Sim Tech team – they could fix ANYTHING! Thankfully, they taught along the way so that I have a much stronger IT background now. There needs to be a balance for the program to run smoothly.

Free Recorded Webinar: How to Get a Sim Tech Job

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Are you or someone you know looking to become a Simulation Technology Specialist (or Sim Tech for short)? Join Lance Baily tomorrow morning at 9AM Pacific on GOTO Meeting to learn the fastest and most efficient ways to become a professional Sim Tech. Lance has not only been hired by multiple institutions as a Sim Tech but also hired Sim Techs as the founding Director of The Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas. Lance is also the founder of HealthySimulation.com, HealthySimAdmin.com, and The Gathering of Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialists (aka SimGHOSTS), which is an annual hands-on training event for Sim Techs now entering its fourth year of operation! Read how the 2013 event hosted more than 171 Sim Techs from around the world and 35 Vendor representatives at the San Antonio College School of Nursing and Allied Health!

Lance will be joined by individuals already looking to become Sim Techs who have questions lined up – so join us to listen in and add your own!
The Webinar has been recorded and is now been made available here below:

Tell your simulation friends with this link: http://healthysimulation.com/4584/free-webinar-tomorrow-morning-how-to-get-a-sim-tech-job