Practical Simulation Approach
HealthCare Simulation South Carolina’s (HCSSC) concept of practical simulation describes how non-expert healthcare teachers can, after a short training period, rapidly adopt simulation-training methodologies that produce measurable educational outcomes. To achieve this for any given set of training objectives, the objectives are derived from and referenced to established best practices. Sets of practice and/or testing high fidelity scenarios are then created specific to the learning objectives. The scenarios are designed to be simple to run through an innovative programming process that features (1) Simple intuitive menus that advance an automated scenario, and (2) Multimedia that provides operational cues for the teacher and feedback to the trainee as needed.
Half the battle getting teachers comfortable with simulation-based training is providing support for the critical debriefing process. Our scenarios include automated documentation in the debriefing log reflective of the specific learning objectives, along with performance grades or scores that can be used to support mastery-based practice or to generate a summative learning assessment. With this approach, hundreds of teachers in South Carolina have learned to run their own simulation-based courses and modules while operating their own simulators. This greatly reduces the operational costs by eliminating the need for a simulation specialist to operate the simulator s each time they are used. Teachers running their own scenarios ultimately leads to higher utilization of simulation centers and labs. All HCSSC scenario sets include extensive documentation to support rapid adoption.
In the near future, Internet-based participant and facilitator curricula will also be available for most HCSSC scenario sets providing a complete “turn key” simulation learning system.