One of the challenges faced with Nursing and EMS educators right now is the limited number of students allowed in lab at one time due to COVID. In some states, the regulations require that labs only 4 to 6 students at one time. However, skills like IV insertion, intubation,and the like still require an instructor to assess and evaluate the student in person (and generally on a simulation dummy). This creates the need for more faculty, more scheduled lab times, and a higher overheard cost. CrossBraining can help alleviate these stressors.
Colleges and Universities across the nation have seen the benefits of simulation in health education. When we think of Simulation Labs, it’s important to remember that simulation can take on many different forms: standardized patients, low and high-fidelity simulation models, homemade simulation models, and even simple roleplaying. Although some programs have the funding to invest in state-of-the-art labs, others may need to start small by getting creative.