Frequently Asked Questions – Part 1

SP Training Debrief

It’s not always smooth sailing when building or running a simulation program. To help you address issues you may be facing, we are sharing some Frequently Asked Questions we receive, and our advice for these situations and concerns. If you have a question you would like to ask, fill out our Ask Avkin form! Why … Read more

As Technology Evolves, So Does Simulation

Technology now allows for human interaction in a safe, skills-based environment.

Healthcare training has evolved dramatically since its inception, thanks to changes in technology. However, at its core, it has always maintained a philosophy of being human-focused. Initially, when nurses were expected to be proficient generalists, training was observation-based. A new nurse would follow an experience one and learn from their interactions. This training would last … 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