Simulations have paved the way for immersive learning that provides a first-person story line for a healthcare provider to follow. This allows for the educator to measure changes in confidence and performance as it relates to the diagnosis, treatment and management of a disease state.

But did you know that DecisionSim can also be used to educate healthcare providers on soft skills to more effectively communicate with colleagues, staff and patients? The following are example scenarios in which DecisionSim could be used to design an educational activity to teach and measure soft skills important for working in a healthcare setting:

·         Interprofessional Team Training – Dr. Smith must communicate with his nurses, pharmacists and other allied health professionals for the management of a patient with multiple sclerosis. Based on conversations (or lack thereof) with your interprofessional team the patient can experience optimal symptom management or be sent to the hospital because they were not properly managed by the entire team.

·         Patient-Centered Care – Dr. Jones has to deliver bad news to her patient that has stage IV breast cancer. A DecisionSim simulation that measures communication of difficult information and involvement of patients in the decision-making process can lead to enhanced learning opportunities for the healthcare provider.

·         Practice Management – Ms. Williams was just promoted to lead nurse manager for her floor of the hospital. Conflict resolution, crisis management and personnel management are among the many skills that she will need to be successful and DecisionSim can provide her with those scenarios to excel in her new position.

While these are just a few examples, the ability to design simulations to teach and measure the use of soft skills for a healthcare provider are endless. Contact us for more details on how to use DecisionSim to teach and measure soft skills.