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Simulation and Skills Laboratories Operations Technician - Nursing

Niagara University
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jan 19, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Nursing, Other Health & Medicine
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Employment Type
Full Time
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Niagara University is a liberal arts university, steeped in the Vincentian and Catholic traditions, with a total enrollment of nearly 4,300 students. Located just a few miles away from one of the world's premier tourism destinations, Niagara Falls, the university occupies a lovely campus overlooking the Niagara River gorge. Its close proximity to major cultural and business centers in Niagara Falls, Buffalo, and Toronto as well as the award-winning Niagara Wine Trail and several nearby cultural destinations make Niagara University an ideal place to work and live. If you'd like to know more, be sure to check out all of the NU Facts.


Under the direction of the Director for Simulation and Skills, the Simulation Operations Technician will provide technical and mechanical support for the equipment utilized in nursing simulation and skills labs. This position is a 12-month full-time appointment. Evening and/or weekend shifts may also be required on an as-needed basis.


  • Maintains current knowledge of simulator technologies, equipment catalogs, and operation manuals.
  • Operates patient simulators and cameras during simulations.
  • Assists and supports role-playing applications, props placement, and moulage set-up.
  • Conducts ongoing maintenance and inventory updates of all simulation equipment.
  • Set-up and break-down simulation laboratory and scenario equipment.
  • Maintains and repairs all simulation equipment, task trainers, and multimedia peripherals including but not limited to:
    • Patient simulators, computers, monitors, A-V and debriefing systems, and other medical equipment utilized for nursing education.
    • Troubleshooting equipment malfunctions and contacts vendors as needed.
    • Collaborates with supervisor and colleagues to organize, maintain and replenish skills lab and simulation laboratory supplies.
    • Beds/examination tables, headwalls, patient monitors, and other health care equipment
    • Medication dispensing systems
    • Computers on Wheels
  • Collaborates with Niagara University IT staff regarding computer devices and internet supports used in labs
  • Assists with theatrical production (costuming and moulage) for simulation scenarios as requested
    • Creates fake body fluids and creates wounds.
    • Provides items desired to reinforce the desired environment for simulations
  • Provides technical assistance, support, and training to faculty, instructors, and staff in the use of simulation and lab equipment.
  • Provides recommendations on equipment, supplies, and materials as directed or needed
  • Collects data for ongoing research, accreditation reports, or grant requirements as directed or needed
  • Maintains simulation activities and learner confidentiality.
  • Performs other job-related duties as required.


  • Knowledge of patient simulation, technologies, and applications.
  • Understanding of computer hardware equipment and software applications relevant to simulator functions.
  • Expertise with audio/video equipment and software for recording, duplication, mixing, and editing.
  • Proficiency in MS software applications including MS Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as well as Internet and database applications.
  • Ability to learn new software and hardware quickly and independently.
  • Aptitude to assess, troubleshoot, and fix equipment failures in a timely fashion.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding job assignments and sensitive issues.
  • Capability to work with internal and external individuals from different disciplines and different levels of training.
  • Possession of strong verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
  • Be self-motivated and also have the ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Flexibility and adaptability in a dynamic environment; able to work evenings/weekends on an as-needed basis.
  • Excellent organizational skills.


  1. A Bachelor's degree in technology, computer science, or a comparable discipline is required.
  2. Previous experience in a simulation lab setting is preferred.
  3. Prior work experience in an academic setting is preferred.
  4. Valid driver's license required. A license must meet insurance company rules and regulations for driving a motor vehicle.
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