Development of a Research Infrastructure for the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies Simulation Hospital
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The goal of this Capstone Project was to create a research development and investigator support program to be implemented at the new Simulation Hospital being built on the campus of the University of Miami’s School of Nursing and Health Studies. To meet this goal (a) a review of the current literature was conducted, with a focus on the rapidly evolving fields of research administration and simulation research, and (b) a needs assessment of the existing School of Nursing and Health Studies research infrastructure was implemented. A 31-item survey was developed for this project to assess 6 areas of interest: (1) Current Research Infrastructure; (2) Simulation Research Opportunities; (3) Simulation Personnel Readiness; (4) Simulation Equipment Readiness; (5) Plan Readiness; and (6) Regulatory Knowledge. All 49 full-time faculty, along with 5 members of the simulation research team, were invited to respond to the survey. A total of 25 individuals (46%) completed the survey. Overall, respondents viewed the current research infrastructure favorably as regards its support of faculty in identifying funding opportunities, writing grant proposals and disseminating study findings, but were somewhat less enthusiastic about the degree to which the school facilitates mentoring of early-career faculty. Respondents expressed a high degree of interest in learning more about simulation research and about opportunities to engage in simulation research. The capacity of the simulation team to conduct simulation research was viewed favorably. Results suggest that many respondents did not have sufficient information to evaluate the readiness of the school’s simulation plan and equipment, as evidenced by a large proportion of “don’t know” responses to these items. Respondents strongly endorsed the importance of regulatory compliance, quality assurance, and data-sharing with other institutions. Finally, a research infrastructure plan was developed that focuses on 5 major areas: (1) leadership and management teams; (2) data management; (3) building administrative team capacity; (4) faculty support; and (5) dissemination and marketing.