Leading the Way With Measurable Skills Competency - ReaLifeSim IV Trainers

Competency-Based Training and Assessment 

"Competency-based medical education (CBME) incorporates hands-on, active education focused on mastery of key competencies that ensure learners develop the skills required to fulfill patients’ needs." 

We often think of clinical competence in relation to demonstrated skills and confidence is achieved with the attainment of skill. This is an essential combination in the field of healthcare where competence in hands-on skills and the confidence to perform necessary procedures or interventions may have life or death consequences. 

As educators, we always strive to provide the latest and best for our students. So, it comes as no surprise, a new paradigm in simulation education is shaping up with a focus on measurable competency measures. 


1st and Only Task-trainer to Objectively Measure Skills Performance

ReaLifeSim is a leader in competency based training and assessment. Patented embedded sensors in #ReaLifeSim products with #RLSimApp record, save, & store individual skills performance for hands-on IV catheter insertion, plus interpersonal communication.

ReaLifeSim IV trainers with App provide the opportunity for self and peer assessment promoting active involvement, as well as traditional instructor guidance and evaluation. 

How does ReaLifeSim help with competency based training and assessment?

  • Provides immediate, objective, clinical hands-on skills assessment 
  • Provides immediate, objective, interpersonal communication skills assessment 
  • Improves both practical and interpersonal training methodologies
  • Improves healthcare student practice and skill set development
  • Provides tracking and monitoring of measurable competency outcomes
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The Shift to Competency-Based Medical Education

"As a simulation professional, you’re probably already aware of the major changes occurring in clinical education. Traditional classroom learning has migrated to hands-on, active education focused on mastery of key competencies—skills that enable a learner to successfully and efficiently complete a task.


Medical schools have been quick to begin deploying this competency-based educational model, and the pharmacy, nursing, and allied health fields are developing similar curriculum approaches. But what is competency-based medical education? What challenges does it create for educators? What tools are available to help manage and monitor the associated data? 

A paradigm shift in medical education has emerged to educate the next generation of physicians. Traditional structure/process education has transitioned to a competency-based medical education (CBME) approach that is focused on outcomes and learner achievement.

Key to this are entrustment decisions based on continuous, longitudinal performance assessments from multiple assessors. CBME also incorporates hands-on, active education focused on mastery of key competencies that ensure learners develop the skills required to fulfill patients’ needs."  The above CBME content is courtesy of Gwen Wille, Content Marketing Manager at EMS and Lance Baily, HealthySimulation.com


Ramping up for ASPE 2018

As time is coming close to the ASPE conference in Kansas City, ReaLifeSim is making a list and checking it twice! 

 Shannon Miles, Social Media/E Mktg Specialist, gathering supplies and checking our list twice!

Shannon Miles, Social Media/E Mktg Specialist, gathering supplies and checking our list twice!

Do we have all the supplies? Oh my, don't forget the wearable IV Trainers!

Are the flights and hotels properly booked? 

Did we reach out to our contacts to let them know where we'll be?

The anticipation of showing the ReaLifeSim IV Training sleeves to attendees is coursing through our veins, no pun intended (well maybe :) 

On a serious note, we are truly looking forward to being exhibitors at a conference where the focus is on the human interaction that is necessary in clinical situations. This is a component critical to scenario's we practice. And, I'm sure you'll agree-everything is data driven. We've connected human communication and data collection, with the RLSimApp.

No over engineering.... No huge mechanical device.... No need for giant storage space...

The only thing needed is the ReaLifeSim IV Training Sleeve with the RLSimApp. The communication and sessions are stored in the cloud (with 24/7/365 access) and the device itself takes up less space that a shoe box!

The excitement is building, and the anticipation of helping ASPE participants put their hands-on these realistic IV trainers, makes it FUN to be a part of the Team. 

Looking forward to the ASPE Conference and all that it has to offer! 

Poor Communication Kills - Are You Doing Enough To Prevent It?


A CRICO Strategies study published last year indicated communication failures were linked to just under 2000 patient deaths in a five year span and $1.7 billion in malpractice costs. And, a study from the University of California, San Francisco, found more than a quarter of hospital re-admissions could be avoided with better communication among healthcare teams and between providers and patients. 

In training, as well as in practice, effective interpersonal and team communication should be equal partners with the latest technologies to provide the best treatment and care. 

Realistic team interaction practice helps prevent panic, promote appropriate behaviors and coordinated responses among stakeholders, and prioritize mobilizing resources. A look, a tone of voice, a facial expression, a touch - all can communicate competence and caring. Interpersonal communication is critical to establishing the trust necessary between the provider and recipient of care in the healthcare environment.


Clinical simulation scenarios with standardized participants provide some of the most realistic opportunities possible.  

Participants (student and providers) can work together in an environment that is as close to the real thing as possible. They can identify and correct their own actions as they experience the challenges that occur as multiple people and perhaps multiple departments and agencies try to coordinate care in training scenarios/events.

This is why we do what we do.


At ReaLifeSim, we focus on human factor realism to promote clear communication, competency, and compassion. Our contribution to increased provider competence and confidence leading to increased patient safety goes back at the beginning - in the education and training. 

We're committed to ensure the human aspect of healthcare delivery endures in an increasingly virtual world.

Increasing the use of standardized participants in clinical simulations can provide high-fidelity clinical simulations and human interaction.

But, the clinical realism of standardized participants is often lacking. There are impressive advances in moulage, and with wearable products like ReaLifeSim and a few others. Would your learners benefit from more "Real Life" realism in the simulation experiences you offer?

ReaLifeSim IV Trainers Work Where You Work

We're dedicated to improving the delivery of healthcare worldwide by going back to the beginning - high quality skills training accessible to any student, any time, any where. #YouGoWeGo

EMS & disaster drills, close-space & austere environment training - we're there. 


Skilled Nursing Facility IV training to provide higher acuity care - we're there.


Universities, colleges, hospitals, clinics for basic and advanced IV skills - we're there, too.



ReaLifeSim IV Trainer Team Recognizes International Nurses Day 2018

Nurses: A Voice to Lead - Health IS a Human Right

The right to health is more than a catch phrase for health workers,
civil society groups and non-government organizations in
an effort to positively change the world.


Nurses are essential in transforming health care and health systems such that no person is left behind, without access to care or impoverished because of their need for health care.

International Council of Nurses (ICN) believes that health is a human right.  We are at the forefront of advocating for access to health and nurses are key to delivering it. Ensuring that we have enough nurses and other health care workers is a critical enabler of the human right to health.


Nurses can be a voice to lead by supporting a people-centred approach to care and the health system, and by ensuring their voices are heard in influencing health policy, planning, and provision.

They are key to achieving the right to health for everyone; no matter the location, no matter the setting. Health is a human right.

Health systems are an essential element of a healthy and equitable society. When health is viewed as a human right, there is a demand on us to take action and a responsibility to enable access to a health system.

This belief should be the cornerstone of an effective system, and the benefits of this will ultimately flow to communities and countries.

The right to health is more than a catch phrase for health workers, civil society groups and non-government organizations in an effort to positively change the world.

In the majority of cases, the right to health is a legal instrument that can be used to hold governments and the international community to account.

It can and it should be used as a constructive tool for the health sector to provide the best care for individuals, communities and populations.


Operated by nurses and leading nursing internationally, ICN works to ensure quality nursing care for all and sound health policies globally. ICN chooses a theme each year to celebrate International Nurses Day. Our 2017-2019 campaign, Nurses: A Voice to Lead, focuses on the need for nurses to become more active and vocal in policy development and implementation. The resources and evidence deal with critical issues of the time and highlight the many ways in which nurses are making an impact.

ReaLifeSim IV Trainer Team THANKS Faith Community Nurses

Faith Community Nursing is a
specialty practice and professional
model of health ministry.


Faith Community Nurses (FCN) (also know as Parish Nurses) are registered nurses prepared to assess the needs of the whole person - psychological, physical, sociological, and spiritual.

Their philosophy is to promote the health of a community by working with the religious leaders and staff to integrate the theological, sociological, physiological, and psychological components of health and healing into the lives of their congregations. Their healthcare focus is on screening & prevention programs and chronic disease management programs that could save millions of dollars.

An FCN facilitates positive lifestyle changes through health assessment, counseling, self-help groups, health education, and referrals to other health care providers and community resources. An FCN is a practitioner who works with people to resolve concerns such as interpersonal relationships, grief, guilt, stress, lifestyle, life changes, spiritual resources, and outlook on life, all of which affect the health status of individuals and families.

Many communities are realizing Faith Community Nurses are valuable, yet underused resources for providing services in clinics and  community care centers, especially in under-served areas.

Faith Community Nurses can:

  • Help increase access to the medical treatment, prescriptions, and social services people need to stay healthy by providing information about and collaborating with existing community agencies.
  • Help decrease the number of uninsured residents going to the emergency room for treatment – unnecessarily taxing that critical work force and pushing healthcare costs higher by collaboration with community resources to improve access to existing non-emergency healthcare.
  • Help decrease some of the nearly 80 percent of health care costs spent treating the complications of chronic diseases, many of which are preventable by collaboration with community resources to encourage compliance with existing medical treatment plans.

Faith Community Nursing is a specialty practice and professional model of health ministry distinguished by the following beliefs (IPNRC, 2005, used with permission):

  • The Faith Community Nurse (FCN) reclaims the historical roots of health and healing found in many religious traditions focusing on the application of health promotion concepts specific to adults and families.
  • Faith Community Nurses do not perform home health care or invasive procedures. Their focus of practice is to collaborate with other community resources to foster new and creative responses to health and wellness concerns. All nursing actions, policies, and procedures must follow Scope and Standards for Parish Nursing, American Nurses Association 2005.
  • The FCN understands health to be a dynamic process, which embodies the spiritual, psychological, physical, and social dimension of the person. A sense of well-being can exist in the presence of disease, and healing can exist in the absence of cure.
  • The spiritual dimension is central to faith community nursing practice holding that all persons are sacred and must be treated with respect and dignity.

Screening, prevention, and chronic disease management programs utilizing existing community services can save millions of dollars.

Ultimately, through Health Ministries, the health of our neighbors and our communities will be improved as we become more active in the stewardship of personal and community health resources.

ReaLifeSim IV Trainer Team Recognizes National Student Nurse Day


As part of #NurseWeek, we recognize Student Nurses  May 8.

Nurse Day proposed in 1953 by Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health and while a proclamation never came National Nurse Week was observed the following year.

Student Nurses are at the cutting edge of technology, learning the latest life-saving techniques while at the same time practicing skills in programs that have been built upon medical science.

On National Student Nurses Day, BGEI & ReaLifeSim celebrate students and their achievements.

ReaLifeSim IV Trainer Team Thanks Valued Nursing Partners

Thank you to all the institutions dedicated to providing clinical education to future nurses, EMS, doctors, and allied health personnel.

Special recognition to a some of the forward thinking institutions adopting ReaLifeSim patented hybrid simulation IV trainers & task trainers!


ReaLifeSim IV Trainers work with Telemedicine & Rural Healthcare

Telemedicine assistance from a distance is a great option to have. Higher acuity patients remain closer to their homes and support systems, where local healthcare professionals are expected to provide care under the guidance of the telemedicine team. Our ReaLifeSim Team focuses on the essential element of direct person-to-person healthcare delivery in those remote and rural areas. ReaLifeSim provides safe and affordable opportunities to practice clinical hands-on skills to draw blood and learn to start an IV. And, like telemedicine, providers have the opportunity to practice IV competency with expert guidance from a professional in a different location.

There is an ancient proverb that says that if you give a man a fish, he will eat today, but teach a man to fish and he will eat forever.  Over 200 people in remote clinics and villages can practice clinical hands-on skills to draw blood and start an IV sharing one wearable ReaLifeSim standard adult IV trainer. Our ReaLifeSim IV trainers provide a means to inexpensively and comprehensively teach and assess clinical skills to improve health and wellness worldwide during our lifetime and for future generations.


ReaLifeSim IV Trainers provide realistic practice to learn proper aseptic technique.

60% of all hospital-acquired infections originate from vascular access.

Peripheral intravenous device (PIV)/catheters are the most commonly used intravenous device in hospitalized patients. They are primarily used for therapeutic purposes such as administration of medications, fluids and/or blood products as well as blood sampling. Peripheral IV’s are usually considered a low risk, however can be associated with complications such as hematoma, phlebitis, pain and infections.

The goal is to maintain meticulous aseptic technique during I.V. insertion and throughout therapy to avoid introducing bacteria into the bloodstream.

Learn more about routes of contamination.