Technical Skills and Soft Skills: Why We Should Care

Technical Skills and Soft Skills: Why We Should Care

The medical field is pretty challenging and the stakes are high. Errors can be very costly. Simulation-based education in healthcare has made great strides since the 1990s.

While many simulation experiences focus on the technical abilities such as being able to put in an IV on the patient simulator, CPR, etc., is there more to immersive experiences than the application of technical skills? Of course! “Soft skills” are equally important to learn as well.

Observing immersive experiences is fascinating. In a simulated critical situation, teams learn to effectively communicate and every team is different. There are technical skills that are absolutely required, however, we are seeing in literature that teams with clear leadership can improve patient outcomes.

Skills such as effective communication, leadership and collaboration can make a significant difference. A leader that scans the horizon for key issues and can communicate to the team, while involving them based on strengths will be more effective than a team that fights inner battles about trivial issues.

The ability to apply both soft and technical skills that is the key to success. This week, what will you focus on to be a leader? Try something different like asking more questions or lend a helpful hand to a team member. See what works and share the good news.

Be Amazing,

Matthew

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Mentors

Mentors

As I reflect well over the past decade as a registered nurse, simulationist, educator, and administrator, I have realized that my own development would not be possible without the guidance of mentors. I am thankful for those who have taught, inspired me and helped me grow.

I’m reminded of one of my early mentors, Norrie Fuller who said: “Everything is easy when you know it”. These words inspired me to learn more; to ask even more questions and most importantly, develop a solid work ethic.

Mentors enter (and exit) our lives and perhaps we don’t give them the proper credit that they deserve. These people coach us to learn; to deal with, and avoid pitfalls that they may have endured when they were first learning. Through their experiences, mentors have walked the path and laid foundations well before us. Dear mentors, thank you for establishing sound practices and tradition. The knowledge of your time has helped many generations evolve and grow.

As I look at the debriefing aspects of simulation, this is part of a mentoring process. Learners reflect on their own performance and coupled with the guidance of instructors, are able to avoid future pitfalls and potentially compromising situations as future practitioners. The modeling process allows corrective behaviors to be addressed. Is learning finished when the debriefing session is over? No. The words and teachings of instructors and mentors echo for days in the receptive individual. To share meaningful and teachable moments can impact trainees and inspire people over the course of a lifetime.

I believe in mentorship and still have mentors to this day. I believe that there are amazing people who want to be a mentor. If you’re curious or don’t know where to start, step forward and ask about how to get involved in your community.

Remember the person who mentored and helped you learn about your craft? Pick up the phone or send them an email and thank them for showing you the way. I’m sure that they would be extremely happy to hear from you.

Stay Amazing,

Matthew

About the Author: Matthew Jubelius wants to change the future of people development, education, and training. He has championed the design, implementation, and evaluation of simulation-based education and training programs, including quality improvement measures for post-secondary institutions, private industry, and the federal government. Matthew can be reached through www.amoveotraining.ca

Reflect and Reset

Reflect and Reset

Happy New Year to you and all of your loved ones! I hope that you feel well rested and had the opportunity to make special memories with family and friends. 2018 is firing up and people generally do a lot of goal setting with the best of intentions and reflecting on the year that was.

Reflection is a powerful tool that allows us to think about how things are going in our lives. We take stock of our successes and celebrate those wins (which is very important). We also reflect on things that perhaps didn’t go so well. Maybe we started out 2017 with a passion for getting in shape and that didnt happen. Perhaps we set a goal to become more mindful and got lost along the way of digital distractions, reading about what thousands of people had for lunch or where they “checked in”. Maybe, we just felt beat down and 2017 was just a really tough year.

The great news is that 2017 is in the past and it’s time to look ahead. It’s time to reset and recommit to what you want from life in 2018.

If you’re an educator, perhaps your goal is to become reinvigorated in teaching your students. If you’re a healthcare professional, maybe you want to find that passion for helping patients. Perhaps you want to learn more about your field. Maybe, you just want to see what going the extra mile looks like to you this year. Whatever your vocation or situation is, there’s an awesome opportunity for you in 2018.

So, what are you going to commit to? For me, I am committing to my health, family and business. I have an awesome friend, Timothy who years ago, shared these words: “Be excellent in all things”.

To me, this means placing effort into my health and doing specific activities that give me the benefits of a healthy mind, body and spirit. My family relationships deserve my best energy; they’re the people who are always in my corner. Amoveo Training is an extension of who I am, passionate about delivering results for patient safety and quality improvement. I commit to developing and maintaining important relationships with likeminded people that help increase patient and learner safety and create a safer systems.

The time is here. It’s time to reset and commit. My wish for you; to echo my friend’s words, is to be excellent in all things. You just need to choose what you want to be excellent in.

Be Awesome,

Matthew

 

About the Author:

Matthew Jubelius wants to change the future of education and training. He has championed the design, implementation, and evaluation of simulation-based education and training programs, including quality improvement measures for post-secondary institutions, private industry, and the federal government. Matthew can be reached through www.amoveotraining.ca

Simulation

Hi there, thanks for stopping by.  Welcome to the blog for Amoveo Training, we are very excited to have you. This is the place where we’ll talk about simulation and immersive training, employee development systems and helping people be great at work.

Simulation and immersive training has picked up momentum in the healthcare field since the 1990s. Nowadays, we hear about simulation or SIM labs popping up across North America for educating doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. Why? Patient safety.

Patient safety should be at the forefront of every practitioner, administrator and human being that utilizes the healthcare system. When people are sick, they depend on people and systems to be at their best.  The world is full of awesome people that want to help others, but they need practice. Enter the world of simulation, where technology and human performance meet.

A simulation is the replication of a system and can be physical (such as a hospital room or a patient simulator AKA robot or manikin), emotional (amplifying specific emotions), or virtual (a computer software platform). Let me be clear that when we use the term, simulation; it is not fake, rather the replication of a system. Technology and learning plays a huge part in designing a realistic simulated experience.

What I love about simulation is the human element. The designed experience allows the doctor, nurse, paramedic to function as an individual or team to interact in real-time. As someone who has designed simulation programs, trained practitioners and delivered thousands of immersive experiences, the human element still fascinates me. Why? Patient safety and quality improvement. I love helping people be better at what they do. I want to contribute to a safer healthcare and education system.

In future blogs, I’ll bring up more topics about things that matter to patient safety and quality improvement from different industries.

If you like and can identify with our message, help share our story.  Be sure to check out Amoveo Training here for more information, including our product line of simulated wounds that increase the realism of healthcare and safety training.

Cheers,

Matthew

Simulation

Simulation

Hi there, thanks for stopping by.  Welcome to the blog for Amoveo Training, we are very excited to have you! This is the place where we’ll talk about simulation and immersive training, employee development systems and helping people be great at work.

Simulation and immersive training have picked up momentum in the healthcare field since the 1990s. Nowadays, we hear about simulation or SIM labs popping up across North America for educating doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. Why? Patient safety.

Patient safety should be at the forefront of every practitioner, administrator and human being that utilizes the healthcare system. When people are sick, they depend on people and systems to be at their best.  The world is full of awesome people that want to help others, but they need practice. Enter the world of simulation, where technology and human performance meet.

A simulation is the replication of a system and can be physical (such as a hospital room or a patient simulator AKA robot or manikin), emotional (amplifying specific emotions), or virtual (a computer software platform). Let me be clear that when we use the term, simulation; it is not fake, rather the replication of a system. Technology and learning play a huge part in designing a realistic simulated experience.

What I love about simulation is the human element. The designed experience allows the doctor, nurse, paramedic to function as an individual or team to interact in real-time. As someone who has designed simulation programs, trained practitioners and delivered thousands of immersive experiences, the human element still fascinates me. Why? Patient safety and quality improvement. I love helping people be better at what they do. I want to contribute to a safer healthcare and education system.

In future blogs, I’ll bring up more topics about things that matter to patient safety and quality improvement from different industries.

If you like and can identify with our message, help share our story.  Be sure to check out Amoveo Training here for more information, including our product line of simulated wounds that increase the realism of healthcare and safety training.

Cheers,

Matthew

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