Clinical Simulation Lab Technician



The Organization

Houston Community College (HCC) is an open-admission, public institution of higher education offering a high-quality, affordable education for academic advancement, workforce training, career development and lifelong learning to prepare individuals in our diverse communities for life and work in a global and technological society. We're proud to say that 98 percent of our graduates step into a job in their field of study immediately upon graduation. One of the largest community colleges in the nation, HCC has served the Greater Houston area for over four decades. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Schools Commission on Colleges, we offer 300+ associate degree and certificate programs to 75,000+ students across 13 Centers of Excellence and online each semester. We are proud to be No.1 among all community colleges in the nation in providing associate degrees to minorities and No.1 in educating international students, with 10.4 percent of our student population from outside the USA. Our vision is to become the Employer of Choice in support of our mission for Student Success by attracting, retaining and motivating the best employees.

The Team

Be a part of a dynamic community dedicated to providing the resources, guidance and inspiration needed to create the ultimate student experience: from registration and financial aid applications to the first time they arrive at one of our Centers of Excellence or log in to their first class, from academic success planning to providing a safe environment, and from connecting them with community networks to launching them into the career of their dreams. Make their student experience exceptional.

We are currently seeking a Clinical Simulation Lab Technician who will advance the institution's proud tradition of excellence in academics, student life and community service.

The Opportunity

You: You have strong technology, patient care and human simulation skills, and you're looking for an opportunity to grow your career.

Your mission: You'll serve as the first-line expert to faculty for the technical application of high- and medium-fidelity human simulators in the SimLab at the Health Sciences Center of Excellence / Coleman College, and for the Mobile SimUnit.

Your work: In this role, you'll manage the day-to-day operations and scheduling of the SimLab and Mobile SimUnit, ensuring that it meets the education needs of faculty and students at Coleman College and other HCC campus locations using the Mobile SimUnit. You'll integrate, maintain and operate the computer, audio/video technology, pneumatics and hydraulics related to human manikins and ancillary equipment. You'll prepare, maintain and repair computerized manikins. You'll set up and conduct human simulation demonstrations for Health Science faculty, students and visitors, during which you'll operate recording software, adjust cameras and maintain simulation session videos. Pre-session orientations, post-session debriefings and assistance with uploading simulation-related instructional documents into Eagle Online, are some of the ways you'll support faculty members.

Next steps: If you always have the student experience in the forefront of your planning and execution, if you're a collaborator, an innovator and a person who gets things done, apply today!

Location

Houston is a city with limitless possibilities:
  • Third-largest city in the U.S. and home to 54 Fortune 500 companies, second only to New York City's 55.
  • 145 languages are spoken here.
  • Overall after-taxes living costs are 5.6 percent below the average for all 308 urban areas recently surveyed.
  • Houston is a major-league sports town, and don't forget the annual Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.
  • The weather is great! Mild winters ensure that outdoor activities can be enjoyed year-round.
  • World-renowned medical care. The Houston metro area has long been known for its first-rate health care system, with many Houston area hospitals consistently ranking among the nation's top institutions.
  • With over 150 museums and cultural institutions in the Greater Houston area, museums are a large part of Houston's cultural scene.
  • Houston is the Culture & Culinary Capital of Texas with more than 7,500 restaurants and eating establishments covering 60+ cuisines.

If this sounds like the role for you and you're ready to join an amazing team, please apply right away.

It is the policy of the Houston Community College System to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran's status. Individuals with disabilities, who require special accommodations to interview, should contact the Employment Services Office at (713) 718-8565.

HCC values its employees and their contributions, promotes opportunities for their professional growth and development, and provides a positive working and learning environment that encourages diversity, innovation and creativity, and inclusion.

SUMMARY

The position is a fusion between health care practitioner and the use of simulation training techniques. It requires strong patient care skills and human simulation skills.

The Simulation Center Technician will be responsible for managing day-to-day operations and scheduling of SimLab. S/he must ensure a smooth workflow of activities to meet the education needs of faculty and students at Coleman College. The activities in the Simulation Center (SimLab & SimUnit) vary daily as there are multiple users, departments and needs in Coleman College and visitors.

The Simulation Center Technician is responsible for developing, preparing, and running simulation equipment in the presence of Health Science faculty. The Simulation Lab Technician will assist in the interdisciplinary operation of Simulation Center under the direction of the center's manager.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
    1. Set-ups and assists in conducting human simulation demonstrations for faculty, students and visitors. Restores laboratory to pre-scenario conditions;
    2. Properly and accurately collects lab utilization data for monthly reports;
    3. Maintain accurate inventory records and conducts annual physical inventory inspection of HCC assets;
    4. Provide technical support for all simulation operations, including preparation, maintenance and repair of computerized manikins;
    5. Accept lab requests from faculty or Administration and maintains the lab schedule;
    6. Manage scenario software and devise pre-simulation guides and checklist with input from faculty;
    7. Perform periodic and scheduled maintenance of human simulation manikins and other medical equipment;
    8. Perform assembly, modification and installation of human simulation manikins and task trainers;
    9. Maintain archived simulation training and testing materials;
    10. Assist faculty with pre-session orientation and post session debriefing;
    11. Operate recording software, adjust cameras and maintain simulation session videos; and
    12. Learn the characteristics of new equipment and update skills to adapt to changing technology.

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above. The qualifications listed below are representative of the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.

EDUCATION

Associate degree in an Allied Health Care field, Bachelor's preferred and current Texas health care practitioner license as a Nurse (RN), Respiratory Therapist (RRT), Paramedic (EMT-P) or Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), etc.
  • Current and valid CPR/BLS card (Basic Life Support) is required,
  • Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) are desirable.

Valid Commercial Driver License (CDL) preferred.

EXPERIENCE

Eighteen (18) months full-time experience with adult and pediatric human patient care in a clinical setting.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
    1. Familiar with Leardal, Gaumard and Meti human simulators, or the willingness to attend traning;
    2. Work effectively and collaboratively with Health Science faculty, students and visitors;
    3. Medical Terminology, abbreviation and scientific symbols;
    4. Strong Nursing or Allied Health clinical background with some simulation experience;
    5. The Simulation Center Technician will serve as the first line expert to faculty for the technical application high & medium fidelity human simulators;
    6. The Simulation Technician will work with faculty to review and install scenarios that are medically sound and engaging;
    7. Ability to function in, and knowledge of educational pedagogy in an urban Nursing and Allied Health community college environment;
    8. Ability to translate medical knowledge into a training and simulation environment;
    9. Strong verbal and engaging communication skills with the demonstrated ability to offer ideas and alternatives to faculty as needed to ensure the Simulation Center runs smoothly and meets learning objectives of all users;
    10. Reinforce the purpose and practice of universal precautions and infection control.
    11. Orders, maintains and provides security for supplies, materials, and equipment in the laboratory; stores, discards, and rotates supplies and materials according to procedures;
    12. Ability to apply medical knowledge and physiologic features of the medium and high fidelity manikins to clinically based scenarios;
    13. Knowledge of anatomic, physiologic and pathologic props, including moulage (body fluids, excretions, wounds, surgical procedures, medical procedures etc.);
    14. Technical responsibilities include: installing software and hardware upgrades;
    15. Troubleshooting equipment and system problems with manufacturers;
    16. Tracking utilization and maintaining database for statistics and monthly reports;
    17. May require occasional heavy physical lifting (up to 50 lbs.) of equipment and management and utilization of advanced medical devices;
    18. Maintain appropriate documentation for the simulation lab, usage statistics, lab web page;
    19. Good organizational skills;
    20. Assist with practice and testing by operating simulation and AV equipment for simulations;
    21. Ability to take initiative and work independently;
    22. Clinical knowledge of medical physiologic monitoring equipment; and
    23. Working knowledge of HIPPA and FERPA regulations and practices.

This is a Security Sensitive position due to recorded images and student records.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor.

This job description may be revised upon development of other duties and changes in responsibilities.

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