Vanderbilt University Simulation Lab Nurse, School of Nursing in Nashville, Tennessee
Simulation Lab Nurse, School of Nursing (Job Number: 2001009)
The Simulation Lab Nurse is a member of the Frist Nursing Informatics (FNIC) Simulation Group at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) and is a key contributor responsible for performing skills and simulation lab set up, maintaining supplies and equipment, staffing practice labs, and providing assistance to faculty and students during skills and simulation sessions. Reporting directly to the Skills and Simulation Lab Director, the Simulation Lab Nurse works collaboratively with faculty and staff to determine needs for successful simulations. The position also works closely with those students participating in per-designed simulation sessions.
The Simulation Lab Nurse joins an experienced simulation team in a collaborative, supportive environment. Organizational and process skills are important in this position as appropriate preparation and simulation delivery are essential to the delivery of a successful simulation. Knowledge of the policies and procedure used in the Simulation Lab is also an important aspect of the job.
Over 30 members of the Frist Nursing Informatics Center (FNIC) team provide the technology and informatics support for greater than 1,000 students, faculty, and staff that comprise the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN). Talents range from computer programming, networking, graphic artists, academic instructional designers, hardware and software support, web authoring, computer lab support, materials support, videography, classroom support, and informatics faculty. In addition, six FNIC members support the Simulation Lab. Strong technology support and quality academic programs are the hallmark of the FNIC services.
Duties and Responsibilities
Assesses needs for successful simulation experiences
Troubleshoots equipment and contacts appropriate resources as necessary
Collaborates to identify the most current educational needs
Partners with faculty in developing case scenarios and/or skills labs
Serves as a resource for staff, educators, and students in utilizing the labs and equipment
Plans resources needed for successful simulation experience
Reviews/updates/revises calendar of events
Balances variables (lab space, personnel, equipment) to fulfill needs
Maintains inventory, reorders, restocks, and disposes of supplies necessary for lab sessions
Communicates needs to team including purchases, scheduling, training, tours, and equipment repair
Establishes methods and standards for ongoing utilization, maintenance, and operation of the labs
Implements requested resources to deliver positive simulations
Assists with set-up, maintenance, and break-down of rooms and equipment (simulators, task trainers, and other equipment/props, etc.) for lab sessions
Sets the scene using moulage make-up and props based on scenario needs
Operates and programs patient simulators, audio/visual equipment, and computer software for simulation sessions
Creates and maintains a safe lab environment and functions with an awareness of safety at all times
Assures proper utilization of equipment, supplies, services, and materials in a cost-effective manner
Processes work orders, troubleshoots, and coordinates repairs and inspection of equipment
Evaluates simulation experiences for quality improvement purposes
Identifies improvement opportunities
Reviews outcome measures and assists in planning improved use of resources
Promotes International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL)Standards of Best Practice in execution of learning opportunities
Maintains simulation equipment so that resources will be in working order for future simulation activities
Enforces proper usage and operation of equipment and provides technical assistance as needed
Performs routine and preventative maintenance on trainers/manikins
Reorders and restocks supply inventory
Recycles/repurposes/surpluses old equipment
Identifies personal development activities that will enhance job performance
Participates in growth opportunities to enhance skillset and maintain professional credentials
Complies with organizational and hospital standards and policies
Consistently utilizes nursing and departmental policies and procedures to guide practice of self and others
Bachelor’s degree in Nursing is required.
Unencumbered Registered Nurse licensure in the state of Tennessee is required.
At least two years of experience as a registered nurse or nursing experience equivalent is required.
Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support certification is strongly preferred.
Certification as a Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) is preferred.
Experience in healthcare simulation is preferred.
Experience in program development or evaluation is preferred.
Familiarity with various techniques used by nurses in the clinical settings to perform procedures is preferred.
Proficiency in utilizing computer software is preferred.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville
Organization: 19070 - Nursing: Informatics
Job: Health Science Professionals
Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action