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.