Simulator Control Operator

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Deadline: Will remain open until filled.; Will remain open until filled.

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The Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta has an opening for an Assistant Lecturer (Academic Teaching Staff) Term position to assume the role of a Simulator Control Operator. 

The Simulator Control Operator uses high fidelity simulation technology to support clinical learning within the Faculty of Nursing undergraduate, graduate, research, advancement and global programs. High fidelity simulation provides an experiential learning environment for nursing students to plan, organize and implement complex care, develop critical thinking skills, learn to work as a team, and apply theory and skills to clinical practice.

The Simulator Control Operator prepares the high-fidelity mannequin (simulator) and patient room for scenarios, uses a software program to advance the scenario stages in response to the nursing care being provided by the students, and enhances the learning situation by providing appropriate verbal patient responses and health care team voices during the simulation experience.

A Lecturer under the Academic Teaching Staff Agreement shall be a scholar who:

  • has teaching and/or teaching-related responsibilities as their primary academic responsibility, such teaching shall involve University credit courses;
  • actively participates in the planning, delivery and evaluation of courses specified in a manner consistent with the curriculum and operational guidelines established by the Faculty of Nursing;
  • shall demonstrate scholarship and remain current and competent in the discipline or profession;
  • shall contribute to service and provide evidence of contributing to the University, Faculty and/or the nursing profession beyond their teaching responsibilities.

Key Responsibilities:

1. The Simulator Control Operator creates a realistic patient care environment for the purpose of enhancing student learning. This is accomplished by the following activities:

    • Orientates students to the supplies and equipment that may be used during the simulation scenario as well as the layout of the room; and acquaints the students to the features of the high-fidelity mannequin.
    • Facilitates student learning by coaching or prompting when necessary, as well as communicating in the role of other members of the health care team (as required by the scenario).
    • Encourages students to apply skills and knowledge acquired from other classes and lectures during the simulation scenario.
    • Ensures learning resources related to simulation are current and accessible for students and faculty for preparation of simulated learning experiences.
    • Facilitates development and integration of additional simulated learning experiences such as VR, XR, virtual simulation.

2. The Simulator Control Operator performs various ancillary duties such as:

    • Tracking and ordering supplies.
    • Preparing moulage for each scenario to enhance the realism of the experience.
    • Setting up and taking down of supplies and equipment.
    • Preparing the ‘patient’ by inserting and removing various NG tubes, drains, ostomies, catheters, intravenous (peripheral or central).
    • Cleaning and maintenance of the mannequins on a daily basis utilizing the associated check list and standards.

3. The Simulator Control Operator liaises with the students’ instructors and accommodates scenario preferences, when necessary, in order to meet the specific learning needs of the particular student group.

4. The Simulator Control Operator ensures preparation of patient charts, simulation documents and supply needs (particularly moulage) for each scenario utilized throughout the courses in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.

5. The Simulator Control Operator liaises with the vendor technicians as required for ongoing servicing needs and/or maintenance of the equipment, and with the Simulation Centre Director regarding needs for ancillary technical supplies and equipment.

6. Along with the Executive Director-Nursing Simulation Centre, the simulator Control Operator engages other faculty members as required for faculty development, specifically as it pertains to learning more about the operation of the mannequins and software (including support to faculty at HSERC.)

7. The Simulator Control Operator provides tours of the Simulation Suite (as arranged by Nursing Simulation Centre officials) to alumni and other interested parties.

8. The Simulator Control Operator works collaboratively with other members of the simulation team (including the Simulation Centre Executive Director, part time/casual Simulator Control Operator, Lab Support team).

9. Identifies and implements enhancements and current practice standards in the simulation learning program at the FON.  Participates in teaching activities within the FON.


  • Current registration and in good standing with the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) is required.
  • Bachelors Degree in Nursing is required, Masters degree in Nursing is preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years medical/surgical nursing experience; familiarity with diverse levels of patient acuity; charge nurse experience is required.
  • Demonstrated teaching/instructional excellence at the post-secondary level or in clinical settings.
  • Facilitation, negotiation and problem-solving skills and an ability to handle challenging student situations.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills (e.g. team building, conflict resolution, advocacy, emotional intelligence & self-awareness).
  • Knowledge of the Faculty’s diversity and inclusivity activities (EDI).

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted. 

COVID-19 Vaccination: Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 in compliance with the University’s COVID-19 Vaccination Directive. Fully Vaccinated means a status an individual achieves 14 days after having received the recommended number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada or the World Health Organization, and requires the individual to maintain the recommended number and type of vaccine doses as updated and required by Health Canada thereafter.

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

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