The Simulation Lab Nurse is a member of the Frist Nursing Informatics (FNIC) Simulation Group at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) and is a key contributor responsible for performing skills and simulation lab set up, maintaining supplies and equipment, staffing practice labs, and providing assistance to faculty and students during sessions. Reporting directly to the Skills and Simulation Lab Director, the Simulation Lab Nurse works collaboratively with faculty and staff to determine needs for successful simulations.
The Simulation Lab Nurse joins an experienced simulation team in a collaborative, supportive environment. Organizational planning and process skills are important in this position as appropriate preparation and simulation delivery are essential to the delivery of a successful simulation. Knowledge of the policies and procedure used in the Simulation Lab is also an important aspect of the job.
Over thirty members of the Frist Nursing Informatics Center (FNIC) team provide the technology and informatics support for greater than 1,000 students, faculty, and staff that comprise the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN). 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. In addition, six FNIC members support the Simulation Lab. Strong technology support and quality academic programs are the hallmark of the FNIC services.
Duties and Responsibilities
Assesses needs for successful simulation experiences
Troubleshoots equipment and contacts appropriate resources as necessary
Collaborates to identify the most current educational needs
Partners with faculty in developing case scenarios and/or skills labs
Serves as a resource for staff, educators, and students in utilizing the labs and equipment
Plans resources needed for successful experiences
Reviews/updates/revises calendar of events
Balances variables (lab space, personnel, equipment) to fulfill needs
Maintains inventory, reorders., restocks, and disposes of supplies necessary for lab sessions
Communicates needs to team including purchases, scheduling, training, tours, and equipment repair
Establishes methods and standards for ongoing utilization, maintenance and operation of the labs
Implements requested resources to deliver positive simulations
Assists with set-up, maintenance, and break-down of rooms and equipment (simulators, task trainers, and other equipment/props, etc) for lab sessions
Sets the scene using moulage make-up and props based on scenario needs
Operates and programs patient scenarios, audio/visual equipment and computer software for simulation sessions
Creates and maintains a safe lab environment and functions with an awareness of safety at all times
Assures proper utilization of equipment, supplies, services and materials in a cost effect manner
Processes work orders, troubleshoots and coordinates repairs and inspection of equipment
Evaluates simulation experiences for quality improvement purposes
Identifies improvement opportunities
Reviews outcome measures and assists in planning improved use of resources
Promotes International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) Standards and Best Practice in execution of learning opportunities
Maintains simulation equipment so resources will be in working order for future simulation activities
Enforces proper usage and operation of equipment and provides technical assistance as needed
Performs routine and preventative maintenance on trainers/manikins
Reorders and restocks supply inventory
Recycles/repurposes/surpluses old equipment
Identifies personal development activities that will enhance job performance
Participates in growth opportunities to enhance skillset and maintain professional credentials
Complies with organizational and hospital standards and policies
Consistently utilizes nursing and departmental policies and procedures to guide practice of self and others
This position does not have supervisory responsibility; this position reports administratively and functionally to the Skills and Simulation Lab Director.
Bachelor's degree in Nursing is required
Unencumbered Registered Nurse licensure in the state of Tennessee is required
Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support certification is strongly preferred
Certification as a Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) is preferred
At least two years' employment as a registered nurse or nursing experience equivalent is required
Experience in healthcare simulation is preferred
Experience in program development or evaluation is preferred
Familiarity with various techniques used by providers in the clinical settings to perform procedures is preferred
Proficiency in utilizing computer software is preferred
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.
Internal Number: 10000582
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