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University of San Diego Nursing Simulation Center Earns Accreditation

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The Dickinson Nursing Simulation Center at the University of San Diego for the first  time has earned accreditation, making it one of only six centers in California to achieve this goal. 

Following a rigorous process, the Dickinson Center at USD’s Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, Beyster Institute for Nursing Research, received accreditation late last year from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, the international accrediting organization.

A team from USD traveled to Los Angeles where they were awarded the accreditation certificate in a formal ceremony. (From left are Noelle Frizzell, Christine Kelly, Dr. Cheryl Butera, Dr. Susie Hutchins, Dr. Sharon Kepple, Nancy Effron, and Debora Mason). 

This recognition “validates the excellence of our overall simulation practices, programs and methodology,” said Dr. Cheryl Butera, the Dickinson Center’s director. Of the 600 international simulation centers registered with the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, only 106 were internationally accredited as of November, 2017.

The Dickinson Center allows nursing students to develop their clinical skills in low-stress, safe environment with faculty guidance and trained actors who simulate patients.

The benefits of accreditation include improving health care education by identifying best practices, strengthening patient safety, and providing a competitive edge for grant funding. The accreditation process includes a site visit and inspection.

"Our school of nursing has always been a leader in providing excellence in graduate nursing education on a national level,” said Jane Georges, Interim Dean of the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science. “We are extremely proud to uphold this tradition of excellence with the accreditation of our cutting-edge Simulation Center."