VISN 23 VA Simulation Center Management Course


The VISN 23 clinical simulation initiative was established in order to develop and implement a network-wide and facility-specific simulation-based team training program. The primary goal of for the VISN was to improve the skills and knowledge base of individual clinical practitioners and to improve the performance of inpatient clinical teams in managing acute inpatient critical events. Recognizing the importance in training their clinical leaders and educators from each site with the necessary skill set, VISN 23 contracted IVIR Inc. to provide a “Train the Trainer” course. IVIR Inc. has been successful in both program development and instructor training and developed a comprehensive program specific course for the VISN 23 initiative. Some of the skill sets taught included: key communication skills, networking concepts such as situational awareness, and debriefing. An important goal for the VA was to use simulation-based training to improve understanding of the dynamics of typical non-operative and non-code medical emergencies which are inherently unpredictable and highly dynamic in order to improve both individual and team performance in these clinical situations.

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