Empower Novices to Prioritize and Decide

The constant change and improvements in medical care creates a significant challenge. How healthcare providers make decisions and prioritize is evolving and improving at a rapid pace. New medical technology, procedures, communication best practices, insurance rules, and reporting requirements demand change in how people provide healthcare. The role of staff is critical to the transformation taking place in healthcare today.

What is the best way to adapt and develop decision-making skills and prioritization methods? My belief is that relevant experiences are the key to developing experts. Experiences enable the brain to store cues, problem solving techniques, and patterns in long term memory to be retrieved in the right context. Experiences are relevant when they enable interaction through a spectrum of relevant problem solving events including practice and feedback. Virtual simulation is a low risk approach to providing relevant experiences that enhance decision-making and prioritization in areas like medical care procedures, patient satisfaction approaches, and team work.

The virtual simulation learning approach is strongly influenced by Experiential Learning Theory. Experiential Learning Theory emphasizes personalized instruction in line with each adult learners needs. According to the theory, each item learned has to relate to something each person has already experienced, reinforce how the new knowledge is currently being practiced, and identify what actions can be taken to learn more or put the knowledge to work in some way.