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LSUHealthNO Nursing Simulation Center Earns Full Accreditation

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The Simulation Center of the Nursing Skills and Technology Center at LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing received 5-year accreditation in Teaching/Education from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

The Society evaluated the Center against seven core standards: Mission & Governance, Program Management, Resource Management, Human Resources, Program Improvement, Integrity, and Expanding the Field. LSU Health New Orleans’ Nursing Simulation Center was commended in all areas.

LSU Health New Orleans’ Nursing Simulation Center was also commended for four teaching/education standards: Learning Activities, Educational Activity Design, Qualified Educators, and Evaluation & Improvement.

“We are the first and only simulation center in Louisiana to receive this accreditation,” notes Alison Davis, PhD, RN, CHSE, Assistant Professor of Nursing and Director of Nursing Skills & Technology Center at LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing.

The Simulation Center at LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing includes six simulation labs on two floors, along with debriefing rooms. High-fidelity simulators include: two METI Man Pre-hospital models; one METI Man Nursing model; one Human Patient Simulator (HPS) Pediatric; one Human Patient Simulator (HPS) Baby and are located on the 5th floor of the SON. One high-fidelity Human Patient Simulator (HPS), Noelle with newborn, and Newborn HAL are located on the 2nd floor of the SON. Anesthesia systems complete with medical gases and patient monitors compliment the HPS simulators for reality-based instruction and practice. These are also equipped with recording equipment, which can be used for real time shared learning for future reference.

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) is a non-profit membership society committed to furthering and supporting the science of healthcare simulation. SSH helps educators, healthcare providers, researchers, administrators, curriculum developers, technologists, and policy makers keep up to date with developments in the rapidly changing world of simulation-based education in healthcare. Among its activities, SSH accredits simulation programs and certifies simulation professionals.

The School of Nursing at LSU Health New Orleans is the only nursing school in Louisiana within an academic health sciences center.