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Healthcare Education Simulation Specialist and Lecturer

Description of Job

This is a unique position that is a minimum of 50% Healthcare Education Simulation Specialist position with the Center for Healthcare Education and Simulation (CHES). It offers the potential to teach within the Henry Predolin School of Nursing up to an additional 50% depending on teaching qualifications and contractual agreements. This position description outlines the duties for the Healthcare Education Simulation Specialist portion as this is the primary job.

CHES is a joint venture between Edgewood College, Inc., SSM St. Mary's Hospital – Madison, and UnityPoint Health Meriter – Madison. The position will collaborate with the simulation team to support educational needs of all three entities.  The position will report to CHES, located at 3001 W. Beltline Hwy., Madison, WI. The weekly schedule will vary depending on the weekly class schedule.

The Healthcare Education Simulation Specialist works under the direction of the Executive Director of CHES and guidance of the Healthcare Education and Simulation Specialist Co-Leads to perform educational, operational, and technical functions of a clinical simulation center.  Specifically, the person will plan simulation learning activities with stakeholders in accordance with healthcare simulation best practices; coordinate lab resources; execute simulation sessions for internal and external clients; and promote the center to internal clients and external regional clients. The specialist is responsible for establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with colleagues, faculty, instructors, students, staff, and visitors to the CHES.


Plan and Execute Simulation Experiences

  • Collaborate with faculty and simulation instructors to create and deliver simulations that are appropriate to the learners/participants
    • Develop and deliver simulation scenarios in accordance with best practices in both education and simulation research
    • Collaborate with instructors and faculty to ensure objectives and evaluation are aligned with goals of the simulation, integrating any accreditation or regulatory requirements
    • Identify and implement creative ideas to ensure simulation activities are as realistic as possible
    • Perform troubleshooting assistance with simulation operations and technical support as needed
    • Collaborate with other CHES staff to ensure consistent application of simulation practices.
  • Perform Pre-Simulation Activities
    • Program patient scenarios utilizing technology such as simulator computers and software, and electronic medical record technology.
    • Create and distribute pre-simulation and supportive learning materials and documentation
    • Prepare scenario props and moulage
    • Support the training and orientation of instructors to effectively facilitate simulation sessions
    • Obtain signed release/ confidentiality forms from participants
    • Set up classrooms, labs, and control room for simulation activity
  • Execute Simulations
    • Greet and orient students/learners to CHES and to the simulation activity, perform patient hand-off, set the tone for the learning environment.
    • Serve as a simulation operator by running all simulation technology (manikins/simulators, audio/video equipment, classroom monitors, patient monitors, microphones, computer and editing software).
    • Serve as a simulation operator by running simulation technology including the operation of audio and video equipment to record simulation sessions with subsequent editing, and transfer to archive or sharing format.
    • Speak as the patient during simulations using manikins/full-bodied simulators
    • Perform as the patient during standardized patient experiences
    • Provide theatrical support and occasionally play the role of patient for appropriate simulations and/or prepare other patient actors for simulation.
  • Perform Post-Simulation Activities
    • Provide and accept feedback to/from facilitators/faculty and learners
    • Manage simulation recordings as needed for debriefing
    • Administer evaluations of simulation lab experience
    • Perform collaborative evaluation of simulation and identification of ways to improve the experience
    • Ensure classrooms, labs, staging, and prep areas are reset and cleaned

Collaborate with healthcare professionals and staff

  • Assist with scheduling and coordination of classroom and lab spaces in collaboration with other CHES staff, including publishing and editing scheduled classes on the shared calendar and CHES website
  • Support instructors in preparing, facilitating, and debriefing of simulation activities to optimize the learning experience
  • Communicate with instructors about any equipment failures, weather-related changes, or events that may impact their simulation or lab sessions
  • Provide technical support and advice to the extent possible

Maintain Human Simulators and Lab Equipment

  • Install new software or hardware upgrades to the simulation technology and lab equipment
  • Perform operational checks and maintenance on equipment, review technical notes from scheduled preventive maintenance sessions scheduled, clean equipment per manufacturer recommendations to proactively maintain equipment
  • Ensure simulation technology and equipment is kept secure and safe
  • Troubleshoot equipment failures, consult with technical support as necessary and determine the need for vendor repair
  • Perform simulation and audio and video equipment repairs per manufacturer specifications
  • Ensure simulators are charged, functioning, and ready to use
  • Coordinate vendor repair of equipment as required
  • Maintain an understanding of, and utilize as appropriate the vendor contract and equipment warranties

Maintain Simulation Lab Documentation

  • Collaborate on the development, maintenance, and enforcement of documented lab policies and procedures
  • Develop and maintain related forms such as Confidentiality or Release Forms
  • Produce simulation orientation materials
  • Manage digital media
  • Utilize and navigate the CHES website

Assist with daily operation of CHES

  • Monitor and maintain simulation lab supplies
  • Collaborate with other simulation specialists on the coordination of classroom, laboratory, and staff scheduling
  • Assist learners with course registrations via phone, email, and website
  • Perform clerical functions related to lab management
  • Maintain a professional and safe environment

Assist the Executive Director in the Management of the Simulation Lab

  • Participate in planning and development of the annual simulation budget.
  • Ensure appropriate utilization of lab resources and reconciliation of budget variances with the Executive Director
  • Assist the Executive Director in Promoting and Growth of CHES
    • Promote simulation integration into courses
    • Produce promotional materials in collaboration with Executive Director
    • Participate with the Executive Director in community outreach programs and marketing
    • Conduct tours of the simulation lab
    • Collaborate with Executive Director to explore possible funding opportunities

Maintain Professional Development

  • Maintain competencies in technology
  • Continuously seek and apply information on best practices in simulation education
  • Attend conferences and training sessions regularly to increase and maintain knowledge related to simulation education
  • Research future simulation products
  • Advance knowledge and skills and commit to working toward simulation certification

Teaching – 50% (subject to annual contract)

  • Minimal teaching load of 12 credits annually to maintain 50% teaching status (or 3 credits per semester to maintain 25% teaching status)
  • Potential courses include, but not limited, to NRS211, NRS311, NRS315, NRS341, NRS307,
  • Additional teaching duties apply such as evaluating student progress and assigning grades, meeting with students outside of class time as needed
  • Specific teaching duties per class will be determined by the Dean or Associate Dean and outlined in position description for faculty/adjuncts.
  • Teaching locations may take place at Edgewood College Campus, CHES, clinical sites, or affiliated campuses

Job Qualifications

Necessary Education or Work Experience

  • Requires current registration/ certification / licensure in health discipline
  • Requires minimum of a Master’s degree in Nursing, or working toward a Master’s degree in Nursing
  • Minimum of two years of clinical experience preferably with medical/surgical, critical care, pediatric, OB, ICU, EMS, or paramedic areas
  • Experience with healthcare simulations; skills laboratory; nursing or healthcare teaching

Required Knowledge and Skills

  • Broad understanding of computer technology and electronics as person will work with an array of technology including high-fidelity simulators, audiovisual, network and information systems
  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint,
  • Internet and database use
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to work on multiple items simultaneously
  • Work well under pressure
  • Self- motivated and require little to no supervision with the ability to work independently
  • Exemplary demonstration of professionalism, commitment, and loyalty

Other Qualifications

Edgewood College, a Catholic college sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. Candidates must demonstrate multicultural competence - the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to work with others who are culturally different from self in meaningful, relevant, and productive ways. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations including women and racial and ethnic minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The selected candidate must actively support the mission of the College by working with faculty, staff and students to share in our core values - truth, compassion, justice, partnership, and community.

To apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and references to:

Edgewood College
Human Resources - HESS
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, WI 53711
E-mail: humanresources@edgewood.edu
Equal Opportunity Employer