Simulation Centers and Faculty/Staff Development

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Faculty position in Simulation
by Nancy Maas - Monday, November 7, 2011, 1:08 PM
Hi, I am pleased that our University is finally moving towards the idea of a simulation center- we currently have the manikins and use them in our School of Nursing, but are now partnering with a med school to provide simulated exoeriences for family practice residents. I am looking for a job description for faculty coordinator for simulation, basically assigned to teach how to use simulation for edcational purposes, assist with simulation design and possibly teach some of the simulations. How are other people doing it as professors? Am looking for job descriptions as well as amount of release time, andhow it works for you. Thanks, Nancy Maas 
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Re: Faculty position in Simulation
by Phyllis Lauer - Monday, November 7, 2011, 2:17 PM

Hello Nancy,

    I am looking for exactly the same thing!!!

    Please let me know of any responses you get.

    I am in a tenure track nursing faculty position.  We are starting out with me as the full time Sims Hospital faculty, however, I will be teaching other courses next semester or next Fall when I have everything set up and running.  My release time is 32 hours at this time  (it's my first semester for the college).

    I really, really need to know how the faculty positions are set up elsewhere, so any information you have or get would greatly help me----and I will share my experiences also.

    I am also in a situation in which all faculty have not yet experienced simulations and are resistant to the idea.  In addition, and of more concern to me, is that some faculty are Not good collaborators.  In order for me to work with other faculty it is essential that they collaborate with me----and I am not finding this in everyone's mind set---even those who have done simulations previously.  I am currently evaluated on what happens during the simulations, but the other faculty are not.  I keep saying to the Dean that EVERYONE must be evaluated on collaboration, otherwise I am thwarted in my efforts. 

   These are just a few of my thoughts.  Please communicate back with me.  I'd like to discuss this further and let you know about how things develop here.

   (Among other things, I'd like to set up relationships with some other departments in the college, including pharmacy, radiology, and so on.  But first I need help with the role of the faculty member who is leading the Simulation Hospital (currently me) and how I am to be evaluated in that role, and how other faculty need to work with me and be accountable.)


                   Phyllis Lauer, RN-BC,MS,APN-BC, Adult Health



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Re: Faculty position in Simulation
by Janet Willhaus - Monday, November 7, 2011, 3:22 PM

Hi Phyllis and Nancy,

I think you will find that there are various formulas for what you are talking about, but nothing exact. Much of it will depend on the size of your program, whether you are implementing at undergrad and graduate level and what other support you already have. There is a SIRC course on faculty development that may help you get started in bringing others along. Some institutions have the simulation coordinator as faculty and others are classified as staff. Some institutions have a "concierge" model where the sim coordinator does all the planning, sim conduction and debriefing and the faculty member just comes along to monitor and observe the students. Others train together and faculty run their own simulations with just a little help from the lab coordinator with scheduling and supplies. There are also various thoughts about release time, etc. depending on how involved the coordinator will be in the process, how many students in a program and so forth. Much of it will depend on volume of students who will be using the lab and what that time looks like. For example, do all your students have clinical two or three days a week and have lecture the other days? Your lecture days will be less busy in the sim lab in that case.

I encourage you to network with others when you can. There are often local meetings put on by the simulation vendors. There are also sometimes local simulation networks which seem to be springing up all over. There are some good articles available on faculty development. We have a reading list posted on the SIRC under the Deb Spunt Lecture announcement that may give you some ideas. The University of Nebraska also had a "job description" posted here in the forum a few months ago. You may want to browse back and take a look at that as a sample of a "start up" position.

Janet Willhaus, NLN Simulation Scholar in Residence

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Re: Faculty position in Simulation
by Theresa Dember-Neal - Monday, November 7, 2011, 3:54 PM
I cannot help you with the title portion of your question. But,perhaps you can use a model such as the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, and say you are following their Simulation Accreditation guideline as an example to bring your facility in line with the current evidence. This way it is not you saying it. It comes from the literature. As you said, everyone who is doing simulation should be evaluated. The accreditation self study can help to support your statements. You can download it for free from their site
I hope that helps.

Theresa Dember-Neal BS,RN
Instructional Support Specialist/Simulation Coordinator
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Re: Faculty position in Simulation
by Kathleen Atchison - Monday, November 7, 2011, 11:48 PM


We have what we call a Center Manger.  This is a faculty position.  This person helps to create schedules, maintain a budget, manage supplies and equipment, maintain the environment, make recommendations about curriculum development and process improvement, meet with and connect stake holders, run classes, train and mentor others to run classes, manage data and prepare reports, etc.  This is a full time position.  Simulation is used in the clinical courses of our BSN program. 

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Re: Faculty position in Simulation
by Marjorie Scheikl - Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 7:14 AM
I am the current lab coordinator (all nursing labs--undergrad thru MSN) and simulation lead as well as faculty. My course load typically runs 2-3 courses/semester. Have developed and run new simulations all semesters for last 4 years- grant writing, hiring, mentoring, oversee all tech equipment, policies, best practice guidelines for simulation, etc..

I am willing to share my job description with you if you want it, email me:

I would suggest that hiring someone to fill your role that does not have teaching responsibilities would be best.

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Re: Faculty position in Simulation
by crystal whitehouse - Friday, February 1, 2013, 2:59 PM
Could you please forward me a copy of your job description. I am currently seeking to reclassify my position. Looking for titles, salary and descriptions if available.
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Re: Faculty position in Simulation
by karen walton - Sunday, July 28, 2013, 7:35 PM

Hello Marjorie

I would love if you could share your job description. Thanks

Karen Walton