Hello Sim Tech World!
Blog post by SimGHOSTS board member Lizzy Wooley
Last year, I’ve received couple LinkedIn messages asking how to become a simulation technician and I couldn’t give them a perfect answer since there isn’t a specific way as we all are from various backgrounds. I knew there are couple degree or certificate programs to present yourself as a qualified candidate, however, a lot of simulation technicians are currently hired with the skills they already have. In this blog, I would like to make a quick summary what kind of strength would raise the higher chance to be selected as simulation technician in the hospital and academic setting institutes.
As a technician, the main work environment will be the simulation center, however, that could change anytime depending on what course you are taking part in such as within L&D, ICU, OR, ER, or even out at the field. All locations have different rules and regulations, and you should have the skills to adapt to the new environment as quickly as possible.
A great communication skill will be advantageous in align with adaptation skill since you will work with new group of people every day. Your customers could be surgeons today and nurses tomorrow. Also, you will get to communicate with academic learners such as medical students, residents in diverse specialties.
The number one rule of managing the lab can be defined as organization. Every item must be taken care of well in regular basis and the inventory management is necessary. If you have a little bit of OCD trait that might actually be a good thing to address. Once there is an organized lab, your program will be organized together.
A good amount of the simulation activities involves the moulage. You may not need to be an artist to do this, however, if you even have taken art class either in high school, college, it could be beneficial. Also, when your simulation team initiate the simulator development, DIY project, the arty skills can take part in.
5) Technology, Information System
The interest and knowledge on the most advanced technology and informatics would be a great advantage for the simulation technician. This role requires the skills resolving mechanical, network, and even audio visual connection issues. You don’t need to an expert on this, however, you should understand the big picture of how things are all connected and functioning to each other at least.
6) Medical Knowledge
This is definitely not required yet it could be very beneficial. It is understandable that the high medical knowledge and technology skills are not usually residing in the same person. However, we cannot ignore the fact the work environment is clinical related site that require some knowledge of medical factors. If you have taken any basic medical terminology course or have any clinical setting exposure experience, it would give you a great advantage on the job.
7) Team player
Simulation courses are run by many different individuals. There are course coordinators, directors, learners, facilitators, SPs, curriculum developers, etc. It is a work of the team, and if you are a good team player, it will also make the job a lot easier for you and for your team!
Good luck to anyone who are looking forward to becoming a simulation technician and don’t forget to attend SimGHOSTS for the professional development to expand the career!