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Accreditation of the USD Dickinson Nursing Simulation Center

The USD School of Nursing’s Dickinson Nursing Simulation Center (DNSC) was officially accredited for the first time nationally by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) and internationally by the International Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) on November 15, 2017, becoming one of only six accredited simulation centers in California. Under the leadership of the Director, Dr. Cheryl Butera, PhD, APRN, the Simulation Team (Drs. Hutchins and Kepple, Christine Kelly, Noelle Frizzell, and Debra Mason) identified, defined, standardized, and documented best simulation practices in a DNSC Simulation Methodology Manual. These best simulation practices were then implemented in the DNSC.

Accreditation was a rigorous process involving the development of a best simulation methodology manual, written justification for simulation assessment and evaluative methods, description of simulation modalities, and finally, hosting an on-site accreditation review team who interviewed faculty and students and inspected the Simulation Center.

Achieving national and international Dickinson Nursing Simulation Center Accreditation by SSH and INACSL respectively acknowledges and validates the excellence of the Simulation center and its programs. Additionally, it gives credibility to our successful and sustainable simulation practices, increasing our prominence and reputation in the professional simulation community.

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