FEATURE ARTICLEWho’s Driving? The Role and Training of the Human Patient Simulation OperatorGANTT, LAURA PhD, RN, CEN, NE-BCAuthor Information Author Affiliations: Learning Technologies, Labs, and College Support Services, College of Nursing, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. Dr Gantt is now executive director of the College Support Services. The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Corresponding author: Laura Gantt, PhD, RN, CEN, NE-BC, Learning Technologies, Labs, and College Support Services, College of Nursing, East Carolina University, 2137 Health Sciences Bldg, Mailstop 162, 600 Moye Blvd, Greenville, NC 27858 ([email protected]). CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: November 2012 - Volume 30 - Issue 11 - p 579-586 doi: 10.1097/NXN.0b013e318266ca52 Buy Metrics Abstract Within the airline industry, where much of simulation-based education originated, cockpit simulators are operated by current or former pilots whose expertise ensures the authenticity of the training experience. As yet, identifying the most appropriate person to run a patient simulator has not been translated into healthcare. Furthermore, few training resources exist for those who must learn the intricacies of the relationship between patient simulators, simulation scenarios, and educational objectives. This article reviews literature related to the role, educational preparation, and training of the patient simulator operator and explores solutions to the uncertainty about the difference between simulator operators and technicians. Because simulators are operationally intensive and because scarce faculty may be best used to facilitate student learning within the laboratory, the tendency has been to use a variety of personnel to manage patient simulators. Recommendations for standardizing the role of the operator that are consistent with the pedagogical purposes of simulation are offered. Potential questions are posed, and methods for future work are discussed. © 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.