Simulation Specialist

Job Requisition #: JR57584

End Date: 8/15/2021

Location: Elkton, Maryland

Position Type: Nursing

Shift: Day Shift, No Rotation

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The Simulation Specialist is responsible for managing and administering the simulation technology and sessions used in the Virtual Education and Simulation (VEST) Center. The Simulation Specialist will advise and consult with faculty, VEST Center administration, and the instructional support staff on the best practices for the integration of technology in simulation education.


- Facilitates the use of simulation for education, performance improvement, research, and equipment evaluation

- Stay current with developments in the field of simulation technology and learning theory

- Maintain and update simulation center's database to include but not limited to the number of students and facilitators participating in a session

- Develops simulation scenarios in conjunction with department management, coordinators, educators, physicians, nurses, and allied health providers to meet the educational needs of the Christiana Care Health System community

- Manages and directs simulation activities

- Assures compliance with regulatory and professional standards

- Collects data on the effectiveness of simulation for student learning, critical thinking, and clinical decision making

- Develops and delivers methods to evaluate student and facilitator satisfaction with departmental and simulation center programs

- Identifies opportunities for improvement, innovation, and development of initiatives for the integration of simulation in clinical education

- Maintains records of learner training according to approved policies

- Provide prebrief and post brief for facilitators and learners to the principles of simulation training and debriefing techniques

- Collaborates with Simulation Technical Assistant, Simulation Technology Specialist and coordinators to:

- Program patient care simulators, prepare scenario props, and create scenario moulage (make-up) to model physiological responses to the clinical and skill objectives

- Set up, operate, and manipulate patient care simulators, related media, and computer equipment

- Educate learners regarding the use of patient care simulators, related media, and computer equipment that will be used during the simulation scenario

- Assure student compliance with center policies, procedures, and safety standards

- Accurately sets up, and operates patient care simulators/task trainers, related media and computer equipment

- Restores rooms to pre-scenario conditions in a timely manner and returns items to their designated areas

- Provides technical recommendation for simulation improvements

- Operates instructional media equipment such as video cameras, multimedia computer systems, and audio/video distribution systems used in the VEST Center

- Supports the short, immediate, and long-term teaching, research, and revenue-generating goals of the VEST Center

- Supports the development of course curricula. Uses technical knowledge of the VEST Center capabilities and procedures to confirm that curriculums are accurate and appropriate

- Administers course curriculum as assigned

- Acts as an expert user and trainer of all simulators (high and low fidelity) and associated software programs

- Acts an expert in the use of the education learning systems

- Works in conjunction with the Simulation Technology Specialist to maintain the simulation equipment according to manufacturers' recommendations

- Assists and advises management in areas such as procurement of hardware, software and audio/visual equipment including; cost, installation and use, software modification, and user education, training and orientation

- Provides technical recommendations for simulation improvements

- Analyzes and resolves user problems

- Sustains ongoing annual education and development in medical simulation

- Shadows clinical health professionals to maintain medical knowledge base

- Attends one approved simulation conference per year or completes four approved web-based simulation education modules

- Performs other related duties as required


Frequent contact with VEST Center and CCHS employees, visitors, medical staff, students, personnel of community and state agencies, suppliers, press, government officials, and the general public


Supervises and trains other professional and technical personnel, as well as graduate and medical students in selected technical aspects of simulation


Directly reports to the Simulation Education Coordinator and Simulation Specialist Coordinator


- B.S. required, M.S. preferred

- RN or allied healthcare degree preferred

- Minimum 5 years clinical experience as a health care professional

- Experience working in a simulation education environment

- Experience with operating patient simulation equipment


- Knowledge of current clinical concepts and practices

- Knowledge of Christiana Care and departmental specific standards, procedures, protocols, and policies

- Knowledge of Quality Improvement purpose and process

- Knowledge, skills, and abilities related to mechanical systems, computer use, troubleshooting, and creative development of simulation materials

- Knowledge, skills, and abilities related to leadership, teaching, group dynamics, problem solving, research, coordination of systems, and staff development

- Ability to communicate effectively and positively at all times

- Ability to exercise judgement, tact, and diplomacy

- Ability to make decisions and act independently

- Skill in verbal and written communication with co-workers, physicians, nurses, educators, ancillary staff, and external contacts

- Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate multi-disciplinary efforts

- Ability to assess knowledge and developmental needs of course participants

- Ability to perform technical skills and use equipment as outlined in procedures, protocols, and simulations demonstrating use of appropriate safety measures for students, employees, and self


- Ability to prep and handle animal parts

- Ability to prep and handle cadaver tissue

- Must obtain the Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialists (CHSOS) within three years from hire date for 1.0 FTE and within 5 years if 0.5 FTE.


- Ability to stand, walk, sit, bend, lift, push, pull, carry, reach, twist, handle, stoop, and climb


- Primarily well-lighted, heated and air-conditioned indoor simulation center. Occasionally simulation sessions may occur outside the simulation center in whatever environment is being simulated

- Frequent exposure to biological elements with occasional exposure to chemical and environmental elements as per unit


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