University of San Diego Nursing Simulation Center Earns International Accreditation

The Dickinson Nursing Simulation Center at the University of San Diego has received national and international accreditation, one of only 106 centers in the world to do so.

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 International Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning.

A team from USD traveled to Los Angeles where they were awarded the accreditation certificate in a formal ceremony.

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, according to the association. 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."

From left:  Noelle Frizsell, Christine Kelly, Dr. Cheryl Butera, Dr. Susie Hutchins, Dr. Sharon Kepple, Nancy Effron, Debora Mason.
From left: Noelle Frizsell, Christine Kelly, Dr. Cheryl Butera, Dr. Susie Hutchins, Dr. Sharon Kepple, Nancy Effron, Debora Mason.