Lead Author: Gabriel Stalnaker, University of Connecticut Simulation Lab Manager and Information Technology Specialist (Storrs, CT, United States)
Co-Author: Carrie Morgan Eaton, PhD, RNC-OB, C-EFM, CHSE, University of Connecticut Director of Simulation Education and Nursing Undergraduate Learning Community (Storrs, CT, United States)
Conflict of Interest: The authors, Gabriel Stalnaker and Carrie Eaton have no conflict of interest to disclose.
Ethics Statement: The authors declare we have followed the guidelines for scientific integrity and professional ethics. This presentation does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects.
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Introduction and Aims:
There is a vast and impressive amount of available technology that allows simulation departments to be productive and innovative. However, an organizational foundation is necessary to build a successful program. Nursing staff and faculty recognize the value of simulation as a teaching-learning modality, but establishing systematic approaches to organization requires strong technical support from a simulation technology operator or specialist. “Simulator operators tend to be the “behind the scenes” personnel whose work often goes unrecognized and unrewarded” (Gantt, 2012, p. 579). In simulation pedagogy, an organized technical foundation is imperative in order to leverage the capacity of the complex simulation environment. This presentation aims to explore technical solutions created by an academic simulation lab manager / IT specialist for supporting faculty via an innovative organization program. We aim to bring together individuals with interest in simulation organization to discuss, share knowledge, gather insights and strategies on how to build an organized technical foundation to support simulation in academia. A secondary aim of this presentation is to demonstrate how a solid organized technical foundation in simulation has instilled consistency, independence, confidence, and competence in faculty working in simulation education.
This presentation will include a dynamic PowerPoint presentation including pictures and video of the University of Connecticut simulation program.
Brainstorming / Networking
This presentation is expected to have an impact on the contribution of technical simulation organization as the foundation of successful teamwork among simulation technologists, faculty, staff, and directors.
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Moores, B., & Patel, A. P. (2015). Technical infrastructure. Defining excellence in simulation programs (pp. 465-478) Wolters Kluwer.