Avkin: How Far We’ve Come

Amy Cowperthwait with Avtrach and SP

I never saw myself as a CEO of a company. Yet here we are. Avkin entered its sixth year, released its eighth wearable device, and offers an entire educational services suite. I have an incredible and passionate team working alongside me each day toward our shared dream. So, while we’ve come far, I would be … Read more

The ‘Why’ of Avkin

Avkin Team

Avkin exists to impart healthcare learners the chance to stretch themselves to the edge of their ability and learn from both their successes and failures. It seeks to understand gaps in the learning experience, strives to adapt to the changing demands of healthcare delivery, and focuses on the Knowledge, skills, and attitudes required of any … Read more

Skills must be practiced: Lessons learned from COVID-19

Avstick's versatility allows it to be used in all kinds of scenarios

Having a plan is necessary, but it isn’t enough. It must be practiced. As recently as October of 2019, the Global Health Security Index recognized the United States as the top-ranked nation regarding healthcare security. In the scoring rubric, the US ranked near the top in every category. Its policies and hypothetical procedures instilled a … Read more

Dry Runs: Vital to Simulation Success

Dry runs are critical to simulation success.

Do you find yourself making changes to a simulation after your first few students complete their experience? Avkin’s consultants will always drive home the importance of dry runs (or pilots) to ensure standardization. To stay consistent with ASPE Standards of Best Practice, I will be referring to them as dry runs. Dry runs always happen … Read more

Earpieces may harm your simulation

Using an earpiece devalues your SPs and undermines their abilities.

The use of earpieces has become a trend in Simulated Participant simulation. While seemingly logical, the need to use this distracting tool is a symptom of a much larger issue; your SPs need more details. It is common practice to type a short paragraph describing the patient, then use the earpiece to radio in responses … Read more

Why do we struggle with communication? We don’t practice it.

Communication is a vital skill.

A recent Nurse Blake TikTok poking fun at a nursing student calling SBAR to a provider made me think – why do we still struggle with communication?  The answer: maybe because we don’t practice it.  We practice skills and even complex scenarios, but when was the last time you debriefed on explicitly effective communication?   Hand … Read more

An Academic Review – Gaps in Wound Care Education

A learner cleans the Avwound simulator.

Pressure injuries have long been a problem plaguing healthcare systems. With many schools reducing time spent on wound care education, and some eliminating it altogether, the newest generation of nurses may have never encountered wound care at all in their education. Hospitals can take steps to address this with lifelike continuing education. With the older … Read more

Closing the Preparation – Practice Gap for Wounds

Pressure Injuries

With pressure injuries (PI) as a major concern for patient safety and the cost of patient care, Ayello et al. suggest nursing programs should seek out faculty with specific knowledge in wound care (Ayello, Zulkowski, Capezuti, Jicman, & Sibbald, 2017).  Learners should not leave education programs without the skills and knowledge to identify, care for, … Read more

Why we give SP feedback in the third person

It's critical nursing students gain confidence in their ability to perform.

When teaching on Simulated Participant (SP) Feedback, we are often asked why we teach SPs to give feedback in the third person. An example of using the third person in feedback is starting each comment with “the patient felt…” or “Sarah felt…,” rather than using I-statements. By starting each comment in this manner, it removes … Read more

An Essential Guide to Hospital Simulation

Hospital Simulation

For years, it’s been an open secret that a gap exists between the skills healthcare providers need to have and the academic preparation they received. While healthcare simulation is still quite young, it has evolved significantly in a short time and is an excellent tool for closing the preparation-practice gap. While it may seem insurmountable, … Read more