Instructional Services Coordinator - Des Moines Iowa

The University of Iowa

Job Reference #: 22004154

The College of Nursing invites candidates to apply for a position in Des Moines, Iowa as a SIM-IA Lead Field Educator. This position is responsible for providing technical and/or clinical knowledge and expertise in emergency medical services based scenarios and/or nursing scenarios in a simulated environment. The SIM-IA Lead Field Educator will serve as the simulation operator and clinical expert, assuring all equipment is set up for course programs. This position must facilitate simulation learning and participates in debriefings as well as other learning methodologies.

Simulation in Motion-Iowa (SIM-IA)
This new program focused on providing clinical simulation education for EMS and other healthcare providers across the state. SIM-IA is launching three mobile simulation labs in 2022 and will be staffed with registered nurses, paramedics, and EMTs to provide state-of-the-art education with high volume, high risk, and/or low frequency emergencies to improve patient care, clinical outcomes, and provider experiences.

About the College of Nursing
With renowned faculty, advanced clinical experiences and a tradition of innovative leadership, the University of Iowa College of Nursing is consistently ranked as one of the best nursing programs in the nation. The college is ranked in the Top #10 for undergraduate programs, #4, #5, #5, #6 for Pediatric Primary Care, Nursing Administration, Adult Gero Acute Care, and Adult Gero Primary Care respectively in the graduate programs by the US News and World Report. Graduates are sought after as highly skilled professionals who have received a rigorous education of the highest quality. Established in 1898, the College of Nursing has a rich history of preparing nurses to achieve excellence in clinical practice, research and leading systems of health care.

Key Areas of Responsibility 
Develop Instructional Materials

  • May assist with development of instructional materials.

Instruct, Train, Consult, Support

  • Coordinate and provide support in preparation, setup and programming of simulation experiences with wide variety of simulation (including human patient simulators) and technical equipment. This includes but is not limited to programming and operation of simulation equipment for a wide variety of clinical scenarios.
  • Maintain knowledge of current and trending simulation technology. 
  • Attend periodic in-services and conferences.

Facilities/Technology Management

  • Set up, organize, and maintain simulation environment (truck), clinical simulation equipment/supplies, and recording/documentation systems. 
  • Performs any necessary physical setup/tear down of the truck and simulation environments required to facilitate trainings
  • Assures that the truck is appropriately stocked, cleaned, and fueled for the subsequent training event.
  • Per UI processes, maintain inventory, order, and organize supplies, equipment, consumable supplies, and services. Serve as the 'receiver' of goods.
  • Prepare simulation spaces and equipment for simulation staging by reviewing the scenario, script, and computer operator roles, reviewing the activity's learning objectives.
  • Diagnose and problem-solve issues with simulators and other equipment
  • Consults with manufacture tech support as needed; repair simulators or facilitate repair by the manufacturer.
  • Use software that supports simulation activities, such as SimCapture, ScenarioCloud, LLeap, and other platforms.

Operational Management (Financial and Administrative)

  • As needed/appropriate, drives the SIM-IA simulation truck to and from the training site.
  • Ensures the required course documentation and data collection is completed.
  • Support outreach activities, including truck tours, recruitment events and philanthropic visits.
  • Collaborate with SIM-IA Program Coordinator on maintenance needs.
  • Provide input for purchasing materials related to operations.
  • Coordinate the check-in and check-out of simulation equipment, including training in the proper use of the equipment at check out and inspection and cleaning at check in.


  • May provide functional and/or administrative supervision for students/temporary staff.u

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree in Nursing and license as registered nurse by Iowa Board of Nursing preferred, or an Associates Degree in Paramedic Science and current paramedic certification by the Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services may also be considered.
  • Current course completion card in Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Provider by the American Heart Association.
  • Demonstrated skills to troubleshoot and investigate operational difficulties with medical, computer and/or audiovisual equipment.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, and interpersonal skills: demonstrated by the ability to effectively transmit, receive, and accurately interpret ideas, information and needs through appropriate communication methods and behaviors to provide excellent customer service and maintain working relationships.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact positively with a diverse population.
  • Proficient in computer software applications such as Microsoft Office Suite and Zoom.
  • Ability to lift, push, pull and or pull a minimum of 50 pounds and occasionally up to 125 pounds. Sit, squat, kneel, crawl, twist, reach, bend, stoop, stand, and step into and out of an ambulance. Have sufficient personal mobility to complete work at various locations.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex scheduling and balance multiple competing requests for resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to work efficiently in a complex learning environment where disruptions to workflow are common.
  • Valid Driver’s License and the ability to meet and maintain University Fleet Safety Standards and ability to obtain and maintain a Class A or B CDL.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Patient care experience in emergency medical services, hospital emergency departments, critical/intensive care, and/or aeromedical settings. Experience in a setting that is relevant to the specialty training that they will be providing (ex: neonatology, obstetrics, burn care, etc).
  • Current course completion card in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) by the American Heart Association.
  • Familiarity with health care setting.
  • Basic knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology.
  • Previous experience with clinical simulation equipment or other complex technological devices.
  • Previous work experience in an academic environment and/or academic healthcare environment.
  • Knowledge of University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics policies, procedures, and regulations.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Application Instructions:

  • In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must upload a resume and cover letter. These documents must all be marked as a "Relevant-File" to the submission.
  • Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.
  • For questions please contact Nancy Kroeze at
  • There is an expectation that the person in this position will maintain effective, civil, and respectful working relationships with the University of Iowa campus community and uphold a high standard of cultural competency and respect for difference that represents the College of Nursing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Successful candidates will be subject to a credential and criminal background check.
  • Please note regarding references: Five professional references will be requested and required at a later step in the recruitment process.

Job ID: 82160

Posted 14 days ago

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