Nursing Professor Receives Clinical Simulation Certification

by Bethany Brock, Public Relations Writer

Connie Ford, associate professor of nursing and director of clinical simulation, recently became a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE).

Clinical simulations are mock situations using life-sized, computerized mannequins that can be programmed to mimic patient care situations that nursing students will encounter after graduation. The CHSE certification recognizes expertise in the use of clinical simulation in the field of nursing education. 

Ford was one of the first 200 nursing professionals in the country to take the exam required for the CHSE certification. She said the exam tested her knowledge regarding the design and implementation of simulations, facilitation of debriefing sessions after the simulation and knowledge of clinical simulation theory.

“The goal of our clinical simulations is to allow students to learn to think like a nurse,” Ford said. Simulations help students develop the skills needed in the nursing field, like communication, collaboration and problem solving, in a safe and controlled environment. As students apply the content they have acquired in class to a real-life situation, they are able to learn how to respond to common situations that they will see in their career.

Jan Conway, Ph.D., dean of the school of nursing and senior professor of nursing, said clinical simulations are a practical way for students to apply what they are learning in class in a safe environment. “Simulations allow students to have confidence going into actual clinical settings because they have already practiced and can anticipate various kinds of situations,” she said.

Ford said the simulations allow students to succeed and make mistakes, both which lead to a higher degree of learning.

Cedarville University nursing students are introduced to aspects of clinical simulation early in their education. Beginning freshman year, students are able to practice skills they’ve learned in class using one of the life-sized, computerized simulators.

Part of Ford’s role as the director of clinical simulation is to collaborate with faculty members to develop a vision of how to incorporate simulations into their individual courses within the curriculum. 

Simulation experiences are also being developed for other majors on campus, including pharmacy and athletic training.

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