USF simulation lab director earns educator designation

Jan. 24, 2013 FORT WAYNE, Ind. - University of Saint Francis (USF) assistant professor and School of Health Sciences Simulation Lab Director Dawn Mabry, MSN, RN, CNE, has earned Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) designation.

The new CHSE certification formally recognizes the specialized knowledge, skills, abilities and accomplishments of the simulation professional. The Society for Simulation in Healthcare will present Mabry with a CHSE certificate at the International Medical Simulation Conference in Orlando, Fla. Jan. 28.

Only 250 professionals have earned CHSE designation internationally, with around five of those in Indiana.

The USF Simulation Lab, built in collaboration with Parkview Health, uses high-fidelity human patient simulators to provide realistic clinical experiences for students. Some of the scenarios in which students practice delivering safe and professional patient care include; Code Blue, Asthma Attack and Postoperative Complications. Instructors design these healthcare scenarios to provide students the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge in a hands-on clinical environment. Students view their responses on video to better understand their grasp and application of  healthcare standards. They then share their experiences and feelings in a debriefing session.

The variety of human patient simulators including an infant corresponding with the physiology of a 6-month-old, a pediatric patient reflecting a 6-year-old’s physiology and three adults allow students to gain experience with all age groups.

"I am very thankful to attend this conference, and for the expanded learning opportunities afforded by the USF Simulation Lab," Mabry said. "Students with experience in simulated critical situations are better prepared for the real-life healthcare environment they will encounter as professionals."

Visit us online to learn more about the USF Simulation Lab.

The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 60 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs in five schools: The School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. More than 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence. The university has a regional campus in Crown Point, Ind.

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