Under the direction of the Skills and Simulation Lab Director at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, this full time simulation nursing position performs lab set up, maintains supplies and equipment, staffs practice labs, and provides assistance to faculty and students during skills and simulation sessions.
This position joins a 31-member Frist Nursing Informatics Center (FNIC) team providing technology and informatics support for VUSN. The simulation team is part of this center, and can call on their expertise when needed. Talents range from computer programming, networking, graphic artists, academic instructional designers, hardware and software support, web authoring, computer lab support, materials support, videography, classroom support, and informatics faculty. Six FNIC members currently support the Simulation Lab. Strong technology support and quality academic programs are the hallmark of the FNIC services.
The simulation lab was originally housed in a 1,290 square feet space and located within Godchaux Hall. With a recent 29,947 square feet addition, an entire floor was allocated for a new simulation lab. Opened in January of 2019, the new simulation lab is over three times (3,932 sq. ft.) the square footage of the original location. Thirteen bed bays have been designed with their own control booth having direct line of sight to each bed. The facility resembles an acute hospital floor, complete with functioning headwalls, hospital beds, simulated gasses and computer monitors. Additional equipment can be accessed from adjacent staging/storage areas as required by the simulation. Curtains to block the sounds of the control rooms are also in place. Two ceiling mounted cameras and microphones are essential to control the audio and video recordings for later playback and critique. B-Line Medical(r) SimCapture technology allows for seamless capture of audio and high-quality video during the simulation encounter, streaming live to faculty and students watching the simulation in real time, as well as recording it for playback during the debrief and assessment sessions. Faculty members can also document critiques of individual performance for process improvement purposes. Additional space in Frist Hall 144 allows for health assessment bays that can be used with lower level tech trainer equipment when needed.
Duties and Responsibilities
Assess needs for successful simulation experiences:
Troubleshoot equipment and contact appropriate resources as necessary
Collaborate to identify the most current educational needs
Partner with faculty in developing case scenarios and/or skills labs
Act as a resource for staff, educators, and students in utilizing the labs and equipment
Plan resources needed for successful simulation experiences:
Review/update/revise calendar of events
Balance variables (lab space, personnel, equipment) to fulfill needs
Maintain inventory, reorder, restock, dispose of supplies necessary for lab sessions
Communicate needs to team including purchases, scheduling, training, tours
Establish methods and standards for ongoing utilization, maintenance and operation of the labs
Implement requested resources to deliver positive simulations:
Assist with set-up, maintenance, and break-down of rooms and equipment (simulators, task trainers, and other equipment/props, etc.) for lab sessions
Set the scene using moulage make-up and props based on scenario needs
Operate and program patient simulators, audio/visual equipment and computer software for simulation sessions
Create and maintain a safe lab environment and function with an awareness of safety at all times
Assure proper utilization of equipment, supplies, services and materials in a cost-effective manner
Process work orders, troubleshoot and coordinate repairs and inspection of equipment
Evaluate simulation experiences for quality improvement purposes:
Identify improvement opportunities
Review measures and assist in planning improved use of resources
Promote International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) Standards of Best Practice in execution of learning opportunities
Provide input on equipment replacement needs and addition of new equipment
Maintain simulation equipment so that resources will be in working order for future simulation activities:
Enforce proper usage and operation of equipment and provide technical assistance as needed
Perform routine and preventative maintenance on trainers/manikins
Reorder and restock supply inventory
Recycle/repurpose/surplus old equipment
Participate in growth opportunities to enhance skillset and maintain professional credentials
Comply with organizational and hospital standards and policies
Consistently utilize nursing and department policies and procedures to guide practice of self and others
Profile of an Ideal Candidate
A Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from an accredited institution of higher education is required.
Current unencumbered Tennessee Registered Nurse License is required.
Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support certification is required.
Familiarity with various techniques used by nurses in the clinical settings to perform procedures is necessary.
Certification as a Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) is preferred.
At least two years' employment as a registered nurse or nursing experience equivalent is necessary.
Experience in healthcare simulation is highly preferred.
Experience in program development or evaluation is highly preferred.
Proficiency in utilizing computer software is highly preferred.
About Vanderbilt Benefits
In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview.
About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a top-15 private research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campus near the thriving city center, serving more than 12,000 students and employing almost 7,000 faculty and staff. The university's students, staff, and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. Vanderbilt was recently named as one of "America's Best Large Employers" and the top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area in 2019 (Forbes).
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