Healthcare Simulation Program Builder: Easy Tools to Build and Enhance Your Staff Training

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Healthcare Simulation Program Builder: Easy Tools to Build and Enhance Your Staff Training


Juli Maxworthy, DNP, MSN, MBA, RN, CNL, CPHQ, CPPS

Simulation is widely recognized as an efficient and effective way to help new nurses build the skills they need to become confident and competent practitioners. But many organizations think simulation training is out of their reach because they cannot afford the astronomically expensive simulation technology and labs with all the bells and whistles.

Healthcare Simulation Program Builder helps healthcare professionals who want to use simulation to improve orientation and preceptorships, build nurse competency, enhance nurse residency programs, and strengthen interprofessional communication across the entire healthcare team.

This first-of-its-kind book assists those who want to begin using simulation for training, but don’t know where to start. It discusses the theory around simulation, when to use different modalities, how to get buy-in, and how to measure results. It is the perfect curriculum builder and contains all the tools and templates you need to get started—so you don’t have to create them yourself!

This book will:

  • Explain the types of simulation, its educational principles, simulation technology, and the skills needed to launch a successful program
  • Provide sample resources, including job descriptions, scenario templates, and video release forms
  • Include examples from organizations around the country that are successfully using simulation


Table of Contents



What Is Healthcare Simulation?

                Modalities of Simulation

Simulation as a Teaching Methodology

                Learning Theories

            Phases of Healthcare Simulation Experience

Faculty Development

                Preparing Educators


Operationalization of Healthcare Simulation

                Management of Day-to-Day Simulation Operations

                Creating a Business Case for Simulation

                Building Simulation Alliances/Collaboratives



Sample Forms/Templates

                Scenario Development

                Job Descriptions

                Designing Simulation Space



Resources and Professional Development

                Healthcare Simulation Organizations

            Healthcare Simulation Practice Standards

            Evidence-Based Support for Healthcare Simulation


Key Terms and Acronyms


This book is intended for those who:

  • Have been assigned as a simulation director and have not received any training
  • Have been given a simulation mannequin and told to go forth and build a simulation program
  • Are interested in learning about simulation but don’t know where to start
  • Have no idea how to integrate simulation into their curriculum (regardless of the setting), but really want to try

About the Authors

KT Waxman, DNP, MBA, RN, CNL, CENP, CHSE, is a nurse leader with more than 30 years of experience in healthcare and corporate settings. She is a tenure-earning assistant professor at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions. She is also director of the California Simulation Alliance at the California Institute for Nursing & Health Care. An internationally known speaker and author, Waxman is past president of the Association of California Nurse Leaders and currently serves as treasurer of the American Organization of Nurse Executives.

Juli Maxworthy, DNP, MSN, MBA, RN, CNL, CPHQ, CPPS, brings nearly 30 years of nursing experience to her roles. Her last clinical position was vice president of quality and risk. She is a professor of nursing at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing.

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Published: December 2015

Page count: 130
Dimensions: 8.5x11
ISBN: 978-1-55645-879-8