Job Information

University of Utah Simulation Confederate (actor, clinical, nursing) in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 07/16/2021

Requisition Number PRN11414N

Job Title Associate Instructor - Hourly

Working Title Simulation Confederate (actor, clinical, nursing)

Job Grade A00

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Type Non Benefited Staff / Student

Temporary? No

Standard Hours per Week Variable

Full Time or Part Time? Part Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Is this a work study job? No

VP Area U of U Health - Academics


Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $25/hr

Close Date

Job Summary

As a simulation confederate – actor, you will portrait specific emotional scenarios, medical behaviors and health conditions while interacting with clinical professionals (learners) during simulated human encounters in support of instruction and assessment of learners in a simulated clinical environment. During debriefing, after scenario is through, you may be asked to provide feedback to the learners regarding your experience and satisfaction in clinical skills, interpersonal abilities, physical examination techniques, and procedural skills to ensure learners are providing the best service for our patients. In this role, you may participate in video productions, support voice-over for e-learning courses, photographs and other teaching material as required. Confederates work varied hours, as needed.

Hours and payment are coordinated by the College of Nursing Simulation Center Staff.

Course Mentors are responsible for providing specific training for confederates per specialized event prior to day of event or morning of specialized event.


1. Specialized healthcare background preferred per simulation case.

2. Formal training and/or certification with experience in areas such as theatre, dramatic script, acting for film/TV and vocal performance may be considered, or formal training in nursing, respiratory therapy, mental health and/or other healthcare experience preferred.

3. Experience working in a variety of theatrical and multimedia settings preferred.

4. Eclectic theatrical experience that may include live stage performances of the classics and community theatre to soap operas, radio work and film parts preferred.

5. Strong communication skills required.

6. Excellent memorization and concentration skills.

7. Memorize a case script detailing specific emotions, behaviors, and disease signs/symptoms for presentation during simulated learning situations.

8. Presents case information in a standardized manner, as elicited by students during simulated interactive patient history and/or medical examinations.

9. Remain in character when responding to student questions.

10. Accurately remember encounters with students for the purpose of scoring student behaviors.

11. Maintain confidentiality of information related to cases, student behaviors and feedback evaluations.

12. Provides educationally constructive verbal feedback within a structured format, as appropriate to the position.

13. Participate in group training and/or mentorship of entry-level confederates.

14. Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum Job Requirements

• Educational training and/or professional experience in health professions, communication, behavioral sciences or education preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

• Accurately and convincingly maintain a specified character as trained.

• Work flexible hours on a scheduled and on-call basis.

• Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

• Recall case information, as cued by students in a role-play situation.

• Maintain confidentiality of case and student information.

• Understand and follow directions and incorporate trainer feedback.

• Recall and accurately score student behaviors. Conditions of Employment

• The posting for an actual position opening may require specific physical attributes and/or characteristics designed to meet the role of the character being portrayed.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

• Must be able to: move all extremities without difficulty, step up and down from an exam table, and quickly change from a gown to clothing.

• No or very limited exposure to physical risk.

• No or very limited physical effort required.

• Work is performed in an interior medical/clinical environment.

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.