Skills and Simulation Facilities Team Lead
Sam uses her skills as a technician to recreate hospital wards – including using human dummy manikins and fake wounds - so that she can train future nurses to care for real-life people. Leading a team of five simulation technicians, she also develops materials to help teach the students at Buckinghamshire New University.
No two days are ever the same in Sam’s job – and that’s what she loves most. She could be programming and running a simulated human patient (using sophisticated manikins), interacting with students, videoing and using data, creating wounds with moulage (moulage is the art of applying wounds for training purposes), selecting equipment for the students to practice on, creating a simulated medical scenario, or debriefing students and staff after a session.
The wide variety of things that Sam does means that she uses lots of different skills – practical and academic - but she didn’t learn these skills in a classroom beforehand. She applied for the job knowing that she could be trained when she was there.
“Being a technician, I get to wear many hats so to speak. I enjoy learning on the job, which is what we’ve all done here. You learn so much from solving technical issues and speaking with the wider simulation technician network. I would liken my role to jack of all trades, master of some!”
Without technicians like Sam, teaching the skills that future nurses and doctors will need to treat real-life patients would be difficult. “Training in the university wouldn’t be as successful without the support of the technicians!”
Samantha's career pathway
- 2006 Worked as a Teaching Assistant
- 2011 Started working as a Laboratory Technician and gained a necessary Moulage qualification
- 2012 Became Skills and Simulation Supervisor at Buckinghamshire New University
- 2016 Promoted to Skills and Simulation Facilities Team Lead
- 2016 Skills and Simulation Facilities Team Lead
- 2017 Registered Scientist status awarded