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Lab & Simulation Facilitator (Casual)

Clinical Simulation Laboratory Facilitator

Faculty of Health Sciences - School of Nursing
Job Type: Contract
Posting Date: Continuous
Union affiliation: None
Job Reports To:  Clinical Lab and Simulation Coordinator
Wages: $35 / hour, plus 4% in lieu of benefits

Job Summary

Under the direction of the CIESN Coordinator, the Registered Nurse, who is an expert in both nursing practice and education provides students with instruction in a variety of nursing laboratories and in simulated clinical experiences. This includes conducting debriefing sessions which provide assessment for learning through guided reflection and directional feedback.

The incumbent will be expected to:

  • Work for the duration of the semester
  • Prepare independently for lab content instruction
  • Remain current in the field of study and maintain awareness of emerging trends and practices related to teaching and learning in higher education
  • Provide a learning environment that is conducive to success for all students
  • Consult with the Lab Leads on the effectiveness of the instruction in attaining the stated program objectives
  • Contribute to other activities ancillary to the provision of instruction, such as the preparation and control of instructional supplies, maintenance and control of instructional equipment and operating a variety of mannequin simulators (Laerdal’s SimMan, SimBaby & SimNewB, Gaumard’s Noelle, etc.).

Essential Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree in Nursing
  • Registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Minimum of two (2) years experience in clinical practice within last 5 years 
  • Experience using computer systems and software such as Microsoft Office programs (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Adobe Acrobat, Outlook and Internet
  • Strong organizational skills and self-starter
  • Strong communication, collaboration and interpersonal relations skills
  • Must be able to complete the physical requirements of the job


  • Bilingualism (French and English)
  • Knowledge of simulation at low, medium, and high degrees of fidelity
  • Experience in clinical and laboratory teaching
  • Clinical experience in gerontology, mental health, obstetrics, pediatrics and/or medical surgical nursing
  • Familiarity with a simulation as a method of teaching and learning
  • Demonstrated knowledge of student success strategies in a postsecondary setting


  • Contracts of one academic term begins in the fall or winter
  • Contracts consist of varied hours (day or evening) and are prescheduled for the duration of the term. There is a minimum requirement of 3 hours/week
  • Candidate must be able to attend the 2 day training during the 3rd week of August

Application Process:

Applicants must submit a resume with a letter of interest addressing qualifications for a teaching position and professional aspirations. A list of three references with names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses should be provided.
Please submit to: Clinical Lab and Simulation Coordinator

We thank all candidates for applying. We will only contact candidates selected for further consideration. The position is open until filled. If you are invited to continue the selection process, please notify us of any particular adaptive measures you might require. Any information you send us will be handled respectfully and in complete confidence.

Work-Study Program

Work-Study Program

An integral part of the team are the students who are employed under the Work Study Program. Please visit the WSP website

Simulated Patient (Volunteer)

Volunteer as a Standardized Patient

Do you like theatre, do you love acting and roll playing? Do you want to be an integral part in shaping tomorrow’s nurses and healthcare professionals? If you answered yes to any of these questions, volunteering to be a standardized patient may be just for you.

The CIESN is looking for men and women of all ages, physical types, ethnic groups, and various backgrounds to represent the various types of patients they will be portraying. We are looking for quick learning individuals who are strong communicators, accept direction, and adapt easily to a variety of different situations. Being able to improvise to some degree is also required.

What is a Standardized Patient? (SP)

Standardized Patients, are used by the University of Ottawa’s School of Nursing and the CIESN to teach and evaluate students in simulated scenarios. A SP is someone who has been trained to portray, in a consistent, standardized manner, a patient with a medical condition and in a specific context. SPs are oriented and trained to play the role of the client/patient. The students then conduct a subjective assessment (obtaining medical history or obtaining information about symptoms) and physical examinations (vital signs, listening to lung sounds, observing mobility) etc…

Standardized Patients requires:

  • Energy
  • Memorization
  • Discipline
  • Concentration
  • Excellent communication skills
  • High level of comfort with your own health and in dealing with healthcare professionals.

Additionally, as Standardized Patients are sometimes interviewed and examined by 3-6 students in succession, you are also required to:

  • Have intense concentration
  • Be able to respond exactly as the real patient would, and only as that patient, never as yourself.
  • Maintain not only the patient’s character but also simulate his or her physical condition during the interview and examination, And do so repeatedly in a consistent manner.
  • Discuss the encounter afterward with the student, and for that you would have to recall the encounter precisely and describe Carefully how the student’s behaviors impacted you as the patient.

Being a Standardized Patient is hard but rewarding work, and we demand a high level of job performance from our SPs.

If you are chosen as a Standardized Patient you will be scheduled according to the needs of the CIESN curriculum and the case being portrayed. You might work only a few hours during the course of months or none at all. Most of the student sessions take place on weekdays, so you would have to be available during those times. Please note that once you agree to work on a particular day, it is absolutely essential that you meet that work commitment.

How to get involved

If you are interested in becoming a Standardized Patient, please send an email to simlab with your resume and short explanation of why you would be a good candidate as a Standardized Patient. Please note that since we receive many applications for each annual recruiting cycle, several months may pass between when you submit your application and when we next screen candidates.  We will contact you via email if we feel that you may be a good fit for our program.