The Wegmans School of Nursing’s Glover Crask Simulation Center has over 800 student encounters during a 12-week period each semester. The 14 person simulation staff, comprised of full-time and part-time simulation faculty, operates the center’s seven high fidelity simulators. During the semester, students manage the nursing care of multiple simulators simultaneously, replicating a “real shift." Throughout the simulation, instructors have to reorient themselves as they move from computer to computer to operate the various simulators. Joanne Weinschreider MS, RN, Director of the Nursing Simulation Center, was looking for a way to reduce variation, increase simulation staff satisfaction with technology, and improve efficiency.
The "number one reason that we transitioned to LLEAP was for standardization of running the manikins,” says Weinschreider. “LLEAP is easy to use, and overall, has decreased the learning curve for the simulation facilitators that work in our Center. The amount of time saved training new simulation facilitators is huge. Previously, facilitators were trained on four different pieces of software, leaving them overwhelmed.” After implementing LLEAP in their center, the facilitators participated in a 1-day course to help transition their skills to the new platform. “Within just a few hours, facilitators were ready to use LLEAP.”
LLEAP allows users to control Laerdal PC operated simulators from a standardized interface. “Using a unified platform has removed one more hurdle from our job. Whether working on pediatrics, med-surg, or any other simulation, the facilitators like the ease of the product and the fact that all the manikins now share the same platform. Moving between manikins is no longer as threatening to new hires as it once was.”
When asked about the process of implementing LLEAP, Weinschreider said, “It was a very smooth transition as far as getting all the equipment transitioned over to LLEAP. We did need to purchase some additional equipment in order to complete the changeover, but we were able to use the majority of our existing equipment. As with any change, there was some concern, but the benefits of using LLEAP outweigh the ‘stress’ of moving to a new platform.”