school of nursingIn a new book and corresponding blog co-authored by Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing professor Pamela R. Jeffries, readers are introduced to guidelines on planning, organizing, and implementing a health care simulation center through the step-by-step collaborative, cost-effective consortium model.

Developing Successful Health Care Education Simulation Centers: The Consortium Model is for nursing and health care administrators, managers, educational leaders, and regional community leaders planning, building, and maintaining momentum and sustainability in simulation centers.

“Simulation activities have enjoyed a long history in nursing education, whether it is a student practicing intramuscular and subcutaneous injections on an orange, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a manikin,” Jeffries, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, notes. “Technological advances have enabled increasingly complex simulation encounters that allow novices to practice new skills and to be immersed their scope of practice to experience uncommon or complex nursing challenges with supervision and feedback.”

Unfortunately, simulation centers do not come cheap; according to Jeffries, they can run well  over the six-figure amount, depending on size and complexity. So, how can nursing education and clinical facilities use simulation education for large numbers of students in a cost-effective manner?  An interprofessional healthcare simulation consortium is one approach.
“Building consortiums are important. We should no longer be in silos trying to do this ourselves,” Jeffries added. “We should be using a shared-resource model.”  The book is set up as a “how-to” guide, taking the consortium model and breaking it down into the following chapters:

  • Why build a simulation consortium?
  • Developing the consortium
  • Consortium leadership and management
  • Consortium leadership and management
  • Strategy evaluation
  • Professional development
  • Strategy implementation
  • Reflection and renewal
  • Sustainability
  • Simulation consortium review

With her co-author, Jim Battin, president of Strategic Consulting Group, Inc., Jeffries also has started a blog about simulation consortium that invites contributors to comment and share experiences. Topics to be included in the blog include simulation methodology, strategic planning, and implementation of simulation programs.

To develop the book and blog, Jeffries collaborated with Battin, who specializes in strategic planning and project management of projects involving multiple partners in large-scale initiatives. He recently led the development of a health care consortium made up of health care partners throughout 10 counties in introducing simulation technology in nursing education programs and clinical settings.

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