- Events & Training
- Simulation Resources
- Member Only
|Domains of Practice|
One of the earliest priorities set by SimGHOSTS was to identify the knowledge and skills required to work in healthcare simulation technology roles. As a new profession, nobody working in the industry had trained specifically for their role and instead brought knowledge, skills and experience from other areas and applied it to their role.
Through extensive community and industry consultation eight domains were identified as the basis required for successful operation of a healthcare simulation program, either by an individual or a team. Through analysis of position descriptions from around the world, these domains were further refined into entry level, intermediate and senior levels and form the framework for the SimGHOSTS training curriculum.
Audio-Visual Technology Domain
Audio-Visual (AV) technology features prominently in healthcare simulation settings. High-functioning simulation teams must include those who understand how best to design, operate, maintain, manage, and upgrade these systems to fit the various needs of any simulation center.
Simulation practitioners at all levels, from technician though to management, must understand the principles behind adult education and be able to apply them in their work. This knowledge will be used both in the planning and delivery of simulation-based education and also in teaching others to use simulation technology and simulated environments.
An understanding of healthcare settings, practice and professions is required to support and facilitate the delivery of healthcare simulation education and research. In order to collaborate effectively and efficiently all who participate in delivering healthcare simulation must have at minimum a basic understanding of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, medical equipment and supplies, roles in healthcare, laws and regulations, and general principles of patient care.
Information technology (IT) is essential to the operation of healthcare simulation technology. Even the most basic simulation operation utilizes multiple systems and requires network functionality. Basic digital literacy and troubleshooting skills are required by all who work in simulation programs in order to be an effective team member. Optimal operation of simulation facilities and programs requires a high level of information technology expertise from one or more team members.
Management & Operations
Managing and administrating systems, inventory, people and simulation logistics are fundamental aspects of the day to day operations in simulation. Even if the role only requires managing resources and supplies, appreciation of the fundamentals of management are necessary to function within a simulation team. Management principles guide the healthcare simulation professional to coordinate, direct, and control resources to achieve organizational goals.
Research and Evaluation
Simulation is used not only to educate new and existing healthcare professionals, but is also used to conduct research and improve the methods that are used to teach and evaluate learners. This process aims to improve both the delivery of healthcare and health professional education. Whether in a supporting role or as a primary researcher, all individuals involved with simulation-based education must have a level of knowledge, skills, and expertise in the area of research to advance the field. For the simulation technology specialist, it is imperative that a level of research proficiency be developed. Even the ability to review the quality of other research can enhance understanding and lead to better practice.
A requisite knowledge of the wide range of simulation practices from various industries; healthcare, aviation, defense, information technology, business, engineering, and others form the basis to this domain and enhances the practitioner’s ability to utilize simulation. A knowledge of the development of the healthcare simulation industry and of concepts such as realism, fidelity, fiction contract, and suspension of disbelief will enable the healthcare simulation professional to contribute to quality simulation experiences for learners and drive the innovations that will shape the future of healthcare simulation.
Healthcare simulation adopts many practices from the dramatic arts to create realistic learning experiences. Simulation technicians may be tasked with acting as the voice of a manikin, using special effects makeup (moulage) to create a realistic wound, deciding how to get the right camera angles, training standardized patients to portray roles, constructing sets and visual/sound effects and creating artificial body parts.