University of San Francisco Launches Online Healthcare Simulation Certificate Program

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The University of San Francisco Healthcare Simulation Certificate Program for Professional Development online program is now taking applications for the Fall August 2017 start date! Click the link below to learn more and register for the program!

With Simulation emerging as a novel approach to educating and training healthcare professionals, the demand for simulation professionals has skyrocketed. The University of San Francisco is proud to be leading this change by announcing our new online Certificate in Healthcare simulation program. This unique 3 semester (one year) certificate is designed for both clinicians and non-clinicians requiring no previous experience. “As a non clinician with a history in theatre and business, this gave me a great overall picture of healthcare simulation and how I can bring my specialty to the industry.” Katie Francis, Alumni and Simulation Operations Manager The certificate prepares you for opportunities in healthcare simulation, teaching, management and operations.

Healthcare Sim Cert Program Features


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  • Online format – Students attend courses online and complete assignments when they choose, adhering to coursework deadlines.
  • Designed to complete in one (1) year or three (3) semesters.
  • Students are required to attend a teaching & instruction Practicum held in a Simulation Lab (in-person or virtual).

The Sim Certificate Will Prepare You To:

  • Implement current simulation organizational standards in curriculum design and teaching
  • Integrate educational principles into simulation practice
  • Distinguish effective, psychomotor and cognitive learning strategies in simulation education
  • Appraise evaluation tools for utility in simulation education
  • Create innovative education designs for interprofessional practice
  • Analyze sustainable business plans for the operation of a simulation lab or program

Distinguished Faculty

  • The Director of the program, KT Waxman, DNP, RN, CNL, CENP, CHSE, FAAN is Director of the California Simulation Alliance and is an internationally known speaker and author on the topic of healthcare simulation.
  • Cynthia Shum DNP (c), MEd, RN, CHSE–A is the Healthcare Simulation Educator at the Veteran’s Hospital in Palo Alto, CA. Cynthia has received a Certificate of Outstanding Contribution in reviewing the “Clinical Simulation in Nursing” journal in 2015. In 2012 she was awarded the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator certificate by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Learn how you can be a part of this exciting program at the USF Healthcare Simulation Certificate Page!


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Cultural Humility in Simulation Education: A Missing Standard? – INACSL Journal Article

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Just read this interesting article from the Journal of Clinical Simulation In Nursing (operated by INACSL) entitled ‘Cultural Humility in Simulation Education: A Missing Standard?‘. I agree with the sentiments in the paper that call for a greater diversity in manikin skin tones to better represent the realities of healthcare. The article summary includes:

  • Cultural humility warrants consideration as a future International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation standard.
  • Cultural humility should be interpreted in the broadest sense in simulation—from addressing differences in ethnicity to differences among professions.
  • Students must be prepared to be competent in a multicultural world.

Article Excerpt:

“Creating inclusive environments is a broad term and must be viewed from many angles. Anecdotally speaking, in touring many simulation centers, most high-fidelity simulators are Caucasian. Although unintentional, this reality sends a powerful unspoken message to students of color. This glaring inequality appears relatively easy to rectify through purchase of diverse manikins, but the problem may be unnoticed when most educators are of the same racial background. Diversity is much deeper and broader than race alone. A comprehensive, variety of simulations must be offered and evaluated throughout the curriculum to ensure that diversity is represented in terms of patient’s ages, weights, ethnicity, gender, level of disability, religion, sexual orientation, and profession. Similarly, simulation team members should include diverse faculty members, and faculty members should demonstrate cultural humility when working with students. Concepts of diversity including values, health beliefs and practices must be addressed in every debriefing as a standard. Discussing these differences in every simulation normalizes the process and increases experience and comfort with diversity. Students must be prepared to be competent in a multicultural world.

To increase opportunities to learn cultural humility, interprofessional simulations should be prevalent throughout the curriculum. The different disciplines involved in the simulation may be present physically in person, by phone, virtually, or by Web conference, with the goal in mind to simulate actual practice conditions. Emphasis on communication and flattening egos and hierarchies between disciplines is recommended in the interest of patient safety.”

This article is a must read for simulation champions making the case for stronger cultural diversity in their educational programs.

Read the full article here and Visit INACSL’s Journal Website for more great research!