Simulation Technology Instructor Development
The Board of Visitors (BOV) has provided a generous grant to support the BOV Simulation Program at Children's National. Simulation is an educational methodology that allows clinicians to learn, practice, and repeat procedures or situations to enhance individual and team performance. Hands-on simulation helps teams and individuals develop preparedness and insight that is best learned and practiced in realistic conditions.
Our simulation team is available for consultation to create an individualized education plan using simulation to meet your identified needs, from performing pediatric skills to improving inter-professional teamwork and communication. We can also design a facilitator workshop for clinician leaders and educators to facilitate simulation scenarios within their agency or private practice. Full time technical support is available to ensure that every clinical simulation experience is of the highest quality and achieves all desired academic and clinical goals.
The intent of BOV Simulation Outreach is to improve collaboration between clinicians at Children’s National and referring providers, EMS personnel, community hospitals, and pediatricians in the Metropolitan Washington DC area. Through simulation outreach, Children’s National aims to improve health care and health outcomes of children by ensuring providers are appropriately trained to respond to their unique health needs.
What Works Better
Simulation is used at Children’s National in a variety of settings and with various learning objectives. Session evaluations document measurable outcomes. Examples of how teams use simulation training at Children’s
- Initial skills training and/or competency development (Acute Care/Critical Care Nursing, Physician Residency program, Pediatric Trauma Care )
- Family-centered rounds
- Emergency Department resuscitation training
- Inter-professional simulations
- Trauma team training
- Pediatric inpatient decompensating patient scenarios
- Patient/ family education
- Communication with patients and families (e.g. family-centered rounds, challenging conversations, delivering bad news, displaying empathy, service excellence)
- Simulation Outreach Coordinator, Heather Walsh, 202-476-4202
- Simulation Learning Center, 202-476-5816