How to Apply
A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.
BASIC FUNCTION AND RESPONSIBILITY
The University of Michigan, School of Nursing (UMSN) Clinical Learning Center (CLC) is seeking a Lead Simulation Technician who is responsible for facilitating and supporting the educational offerings of the center and who will report to the Associate Dean for Strategic Affairs (ADSA). The CLC provides unparalleled learning resources for nursing students. From a Skills Lab for honing basic skills to a state of the art, high fidelity mannequin that replicates real medical situations, this environment enables students to apply their in-depth knowledge of nursing theory in a safe and supportive environment. The CLC is currently comprised of five main areas: Nursing Skills Lab, Physical Assessment Lab, Simulation Room, Control Room, and a Debriefing Room. For additional information, please visit to our website at http://www.nursing.umich.edu/academic-programs/clinical-learning-center.
In this role, the Lead Technician will act as both a supervisor and simulation technician. As a working lead simulation technician, s/he will be responsible for assisting the Associate Dean for Strategic Affairs (ADSD) with coordinating all technical support and assisting with operational aspects of the CLC. The Lead Simulation Technician will work with the ADSA and others, including CLC program leads. Additionally, the Lead Simulation Technician will work with faculty and staff on scheduling and simulation planning as requested by the ADSA. S/he will ensure equipment is maintained and available when needed and supplies and materials are available for scheduled simulation work. The ideal candidate will have expertise in the areas of programming and maintaining mannequins, maintaining and prepping task trainers, operating the EMS system and associated software, optimizing the CLC schedule to accommodate all course needs and other CLC capacity demands, inventory management, staffing analysis and supervision of specified staff members.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Equipment and Technology:
- Understand and operate all the equipment utilized in the CLC. This includes the mannequins, task trainers, Anatomage table, etc.
- Train technicians, as required, on equipment operations and maintenance.
- Program equipment. Operate and instruct technicians and others on the ENS system, CLC databases and programmable equipment.
- Interface with equipment manufacturers regarding equipment troubleshooting and system problems.
- Operate complex simulation equipment, machines, EMS system, AV equipment, other training items and software applications as necessary.
- Oversee technicians in their daily work.
- Assist the ADSA and program leads in developing relationships with vendors.
- Provide expertise on new or required simulation equipment.
- Research vendors for supplies and equipment, obtain bids, and make suggestions to ADSA.
- Provide feedback to Associate Dean from faculty and technicians concerning acceptability of facilities and equipment.
- Understand the inspection, prevention, maintenance and operation of different simulator technologies ranging from anatomic models, task trainers, full body patient simulators, surgical simulators and new simulation technology introduced to program.
- Demonstrate and teach technical aspects of operating simulators to instructors and others.
- Assist with the operation of the simulators in training sessions when required.
- Coordinate facility improvements and new equipment deployment.
- Create sign-out sheets and other record keeping methods to track equipment use.
- Monitor equipment performance to ensure proper operation.
- Supervise preventive and corrective maintenance of equipment according to manufacturers' recommendations.
- Work with manufacturers or vendors to correct equipment deficiencies in order to minimize down time.
- Develop technical proficiency with all aspects of the operation, maintenance, support, trouble-shooting, and repair for all equipment in order to back up the technicians.
- Act as a point-of-contact with equipment manufacturers for trouble-shooting equipment and systems problems.
- Assure facility, equipment, instrumentation and supplies are organized and set-up for teaching\skills lab sessions as required, including post-session clean up.
- Operate and maintain all CLC simulation equipment, including conducting routine equipment maintenance and inventory updates.
- Supervise technicians and support staff, ensuring that all work meets deadlines and standards for quality and accuracy. Assists with hiring and competency evaluation of simulation technicians, and provides technology related orientation/training for new staff as needed and as requested by the ADSA.
- Provide tours of the simulation lab, providing technological demonstration of equipment as requested by the ADSA.
- Assist ADSA with reporting functions, such as class attendance, equipment usage, equipment repair and maintenance. Provide guidance and information to faculty, staff, students and visitors concerning the policies and functions of the simulation center as requested by the ADSA.
- Utilize computer software for schedules, training sessions, classes, workshops, and other activities as requested.
- Coach and develop technical staff in the CLC so that absences or vacancies do not idle the simulation center. Coach staff on professional development.
- Assist the ADSA to hire, train, and oversee the development of simulation technicians as needed.
Inventory and Scheduling:
- Order necessary supplies and consumable parts.
- Assist ADSA and program leads in working with faculty to determine supplies and equipment needed for new courses.
- Assist ADSA to schedule all necessary simulation work for undergraduate, graduate and research needs.
- Assist ADSA in developing and monitoring inventory practices to ensure that levels are maintained in a cost effective way.
- Assist ADSA in managing the equipment and inventory budget as requested and work with the finance team to assess course fees.
- Assist ADSA in tracking operational expenses to support monthly and annual operational reports and long-term plan development.
- Assist the ADSA with identification of need for replacement equipment, instrumentation, and supplies and obtains cost estimates from vendors/suppliers as requested to facilitate new purchases in coordination with the Undergraduate, Graduate and Research Simulation Faculty Leads and the finance team.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed and are not an exhaustive list of all associated responsibilities.
Education and Experience:
- A Bachelor of Science degree is required in an appropriate discipline; five (5) or more years of experience with high fidelity simulation equipment and task trainers or experience in a clinical healthcare setting (e.g., EMT, Anesthesia technician, ORT, etc.), or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which comparable skills can be attained.
- Five (5) or more years of supervisory experience in a clinical healthcare setting.
- Demonstrated ability to understand and operate most equipment found in a healthcare setting.
- Demonstrated ability to program various simulation equipment and systems.
- Demonstrated understanding of patient care simulation technologies and applications.
- Demonstrated basic knowledge in medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology.
- Demonstrated knowledge of the features and capabilities of basic multimedia equipment, including video equipment.
- Strong background in computer use, set-up, troubleshooting, and maintenance required. Proficiency with databases, digital audio-visual editing, ability to learn new technologies quickly and easily. Experience with setting up audiovisual equipment.
- Demonstrated experience at the advanced level in the use of Microsoft Office products (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook), Win2000, XP, Windows 7, Mac OS, and other types of databases.
- Candidate must have excellent communication skills, with the ability to receive and convey information clearly and concisely for various mediums including strong oral, presentation skills and written communication skills. Must have very strong interpersonal/customer service skills and organizational skills, and the ability to work effectively with diverse groups.
- Proven attention to details skills and follow-through on assignments.
- Proven leadership ability and initiative.
- Previous experience in medical simulation preferred.
- Previous experience supporting faculty in an academic or professional development environment.
- Demonstrated ability to collect, manage, analyze, and prepare data.
- Demonstrated team spirit, dependability, and initiative.
- Ability to serve diverse populations.
- Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and direct the activities of others and/or accept direction from others.
- Demonstrated ability to establish excellent working relationships with faculty, staff, students and prospective students and their families. Must have the ability to work comfortably with individuals at all levels.
- Must be able to demonstrate ability to set priorities and multi-task and meet deadlines.
- Must have a professional demeanor and presentation of self and strong decision-making ability.
Shift/Hours/Days: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; some occasional weekend and evening hours may be required.
The School of Nursing seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan that extends world-wide, to fulfill the School’s strategic plan, and to sustain the excellence of the School of Nursing.
To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit: http://nursing.umich.edu/diversity/dei-faculty-and-staff.
Supervision is received from the Associate Dean for Strategic Affairs.
Please visit http://www.nursing.umich.edu/ for more information about the School.
Salary Range: Salary is commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. We encourage all interested parties to apply.
The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.