As part of the EcO15 initiative, the Southeast Indiana Simulation Consortium (including the seven hospitals in Workforce Development Region 9, two career technical education centers, and five post-secondary colleges/universities) was formed to develop a strategy for addressing the need for more, better trained, healthcare providers. In particular there is a shortage of Associate’s and Bachelors of Science Degrees in Nursing (ASN’s and BSN’s), and this shortage will intensify as the aging of the population in need of healthcare services and the aging of people in the nursing profession increases.
The consortium created a regional network of stationary clinical simulation labs that are used for accreditation and degree certifications increasing the quality of healthcare education; especially critical thinking skills. We have approximately 13,000 sq. ft. of Simulation Lab space throughout the region. Laerdal AVS systems (audio-visual) have been installed and allow education and training sessions to be videotaped and archived for debriefing sessions with students and healthcare professionals. Each site was asked to estimate the number of students and healthcare personnel that would be using the equipment and the type of applications that would be included in simulation scenarios. It is estimated that 1,400 students and 1,300 healthcare personnel will be using the equipment on an annual basis during the first year. Usage is expected to increase as new innovative practices emerge.
This is important to the SE region of Indiana because:
- More than 10 percent of the region’s workforce (15,000 people) are employed in the health care services sector
- Demand for high quality health care will be increasing during the next five years in SE Indiana as the 65+ age group will be increasing by over 20%
- There will be a continuing shortage of nursing faculty and registered nurses as current employees transition into retirement years
- Quality of patient care continues to be the top priority as technological advances are made and the demand for knowledge and skills increase
- Thirteen of the fifty most highly compensated and in-demand occupations in Indiana are in the health care industry
What is clinical simulation?
An attempt to replicate some or nearly all of the essential aspects of a clinical situation so that the situation may be more readily understood and managed when it occurs in a real clinical practice.
Simulation mannequin training programs such as what you will see in this video will help improve patient safety and reduce medical errors. Watch this video to see what the simulation mannequins (SIM Man) allow students and medical professionals to do.
Healthcare Sustainability Plan
In order to sustain the EcO15 Healthcare and Southeast Indiana Simulation Consortium work, a sustainability plan was developed and the remaining EcO15 funding was transferred to East Indiana Area Health Education Center (EI-AHEC), a 501c3 organization focused on improving health by recruiting, educating, and retaining healthcare professionals for medically underserved communities in Southeast Indiana.
The Southeast Indiana Simulation Consortium continues to collaborate to reach shared goals in simulation utilization. The ultimate goal of the group is to improve patient care provided in the region.
Healthcare Career Clusters
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