The healthcare industry is an ever-changing field that requires extensive skills and training for its professionals. Different disciplines work together to ensure high quality patient care, and they need to be prepared for the teamwork involved.
Healthcare education is key to improving patient outcomes and ensuring quality of life. A simulation-based training is very suitable for this purpose. A clinical simulation facility reflects the realities encountered in actual care settings.
Both medical and nursing students can benefit of trainings in a clinical simulation lab. In the lab, students can practice the following in a safe learning environment:
Also, working in healthcare is often stressful, with long hours and difficult situations to deal with. However, by offering development and training it is possible to minimize the negative aspects of the job, and increase employee retention, competency, job satisfaction, and productivity.
A clinical simulation lab contains one or more, recording rooms and a training/debriefing room. From the latter room, instructors and students are able to view an ongoing simulation through a one-way mirror or watch a live video feed on the monitors. After the simulation is complete, students are able to watch their simulation as they debrief their completed scenario.
During debriefing, the whole team analyzes the trained situation with the help of the video recordings. The marks made during the training enable the trainer to move quickly to the scenes that need attention.
A commonly used technique during debriefing to improve learning is asking the students to name two things that they thought they did well and two that they can work on. Often, students are startled as soon as they see how they actually performed or what they all said (or not). It becomes clear how they appear to others.
A simulation experience can be very intense and full of impressions. This may cause a student not to be able to recall their actions automatically. That is why using audio/video recordings during debriefing is so important. They enable the students to see and hear what really happened.