At Holland Bloorview the Teaching and Learning Institute has set a key strategic priority in simulation education across the organization. Research is conclusive that simulation is an effective educational method for skill development (Cook et al., 2012) and enhancing communication and collaborative practice (Ziv, 2005). The ultimate objective of simulation education is the improvement of clinical care delivered to clients/families with childhood disabilities. The program aims to lead the system in simulation-enhanced education in the field of paediatric rehabilitation by nurturing internal champions, building supportive systems, linking outcomes to Canadian Patient Safety Institute competencies and knowledge translation strategies. Following a November 2012 Electronic Health Record (EHR) implementation, in December 2012 clinical staff (n=131) participated in a simulation focused on using point of care technology with clients and families. The learning objectives were to: a) identify potential technology benefits, b) identify strategies to implement technology with client and families and c) improve clinicians’ confidence in using point of care technology. Evaluation of the program involved two components including a participant questionnaire and leadership focus group. Questionnaire results demonstrated that 55% of participants agreed that technology could positively impact client outcomes, 60% reported using strategies for technology with clients and families, and 56% of staff felt confident using point of care technology with client/families. The focus group commented that overall it was a positive experience and recommendations included developing new simulations to address clinical activities and technical skills. Grant and project proposals are currently underway looking for more funding to support and implement future simulations in medication management, student education and clinical practice such as documentation.

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