As Thomas Doyle, Chief Learning Officer (CLO) of SimCore Technologies, Inc., will tell you, simulation has only been around for twenty years. Now in its second decade, industry standards and techniques are improving at a breakneck pace. National conferences like SimGHOSTS, which I recently attended as a representative of Pocket Nurse®, provide attendees with an opportunity to hear in-depth analyses on the industry as well as share their own ideas.
Here’s my take-away on the State of Simulation based on what I learned at SimGHOSTS.
- Out-of-context skill building: As a result of active shooter/hostile events (ASHE) and the renewed opioid epidemic, healthcare providers now more than ever must be able to problem solve in impossible, high-risk situations. This means young professionals aren’t hired based only on the merits of their diplomas, but also for non-cognitive skills like communication and leadership.
- Virtual and augmented reality, 3D printing: Technological advancements are impacting education quicker than ever. Virtual and augmented reality devices aren’t yet mainstream, but more and more educators have acquired the technology from companies like Virtual Education Systems and Augmented Reality Integrated Simulation Education (ARISE). In a similar manner, 3D printing is gaining traction in both simulation and society at large at nearly the same pace. Schools, to remain competitive, are finding they must keep up or catch up.
- The diverse role of the healthcare educator: Educators have always worn several hats. Not only are they experts in their fields of study, but they also have the artistry necessary for moulage, organization for event planning, scientific analysis for primary research, counseling for student nurturing, and so much more. Events like SimGHOSTS prove educators have embraced their diverse roles and are actively seeking improvement in all facets of their work.
- Simulation, period: Whether high or low fidelity, in situ or ex situ, scheduled or surprised, simulation is necessary for the advancement of healthcare students and professionals. Advancements aren’t specific to user skills however. More and more simulation leaders are finding long-standing flaws in healthcare processes thanks to discovery simulations. As a result, healthcare has improved so far as to be unrecognizable from the late ‘90s to now.
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