Need more details to give concrete advice:
1) What are your goals in conducting simulations?
2) Who are you targeting? (MDs, RNs, NNPs, RTs, all of the above?)
3) What resources do you have? (It would be stupid of me to tell you about fancy high fidelity simulators if you don't have that sort of infrastructure)
The one universal I can endorse is that everyone needs to buy into the fact that these are done for the good of our patients and there can be no judgement. At our institution, that means the no information on individual performance ever gets reported outside the people at that specific mock code. It has to be 'ok' to fail in the mock code.
Very sorry that I had not seen this response/question earlier. 20-24 weeks in the ICU is a very typical 'full time' clinical load in academic neonatology in the US; I have seen some more like 18 and one or two closer to 26-30 weeks. The remainder is, as you suggest, devoted to academic pursuits. This (along with patient mix/acuity and the opportunity to work with trainees) is one of the major draws of academic neonatology in the US compared to private practice.
We have a relatively large simulation unit inhouse and we practise on a regular basis.
If you come to our coming meetup in Vienna, you should participate in their workshop (led by two neonatologists and two neonatal nurses)
Hi. The BKAT is a test you have to purchase and the rules are you cannot make copies or upload it anywhere. Here is where I purchase ours: http://www.bkat-toth.org/To_Order.html I give it to all new hires at the beginning of their orientation and then at the end if they do not pass on the first try. Usually new grads will have difficulty at first but then pass on second attempt. Hope it helps.