After a thorough evaluation, Chaminade University’s School of Nursing and Health Professions’ simulation program has received provisional accreditation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). Accreditation recognizes the school’s expertise in simulation and its ability to meet SSH’s high program standards.
“Provisional accreditation is very important for our School,” said Rhoberta Haley, PhD, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions. “We’re excited about our simulation program, as this type of hands-on learning brings curriculum to life and underscores its relevancy. The real power is in their immersive nature. In a simulation, students are embracing their roles as critical thinkers, as clinicians and as team-based collaborators.”
Recent simulations have included a mock COVID vaccination clinic, a mock encampment of people experiencing houselessness that gave nursing students vital experience “treating” patients who are living on the streets, and a fast-paced epidemiology “unfolding case study” that tasked students with working out the source of a simulated Hepatitis A outbreak with 25 mock patients, each with unique health stories.
The simulation program’s evaluation process included an accreditation application review, detailed review of Chaminade’s simulation program, a virtual site visit with the SSH Simulation Accreditation Review Team and accreditation committee decision. The school will apply for full accreditation in approximately two years.
SSH and its accreditation process seeks to improve performance and reduce errors in patient care through the use of simulation. The Society promotes improvements in simulation technology, educational methods, practitioner assessment and patient safety that lead to better patient care and improved patient outcomes.
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