Director of health science simulation center earns national certification

May 14, 2014  |   |  Comments
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Lorrie Wong

Lorrie Wong

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene’s Lorrie Wong, director of the UH Translational Health Science Simulation Center, successfully completed the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator Advanced certification. CHSE-Advanced is a multidisciplinary program administered by The Society for Simulation in Healthcare to certify healthcare simulation educators who demonstrate advanced professional and educational knowledge, skills and abilities in healthcare simulation.

Launched in 2012, Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) is the first certification for healthcare simulation educators. Since then, more than 295 individuals from 10 countries have obtained CHSE certification. The CHSE-Advanced certification represents the continuation of professional development beyond the CHSE. Wong is one of only 16 individuals worldwide awarded the CHSE-Advanced certification.

Only select healthcare simulation professionals earn this advanced professional recognition of specialized knowledge, skills, abilities, longevity and accomplishments in simulation. As leaders of excellence and innovation, the UH Translational Health Science Simulation Center brings real-life scenarios to the classroom so that students can gain experience, confidence and skills they need to provide quality care.

“Dr. Wong’s CHSE-Advanced certification ensures that our center maintains national and international standards of simulation education for our students,” said Mary G. Boland, UH Mānoa nursing dean. Simulation training creates high-risk, low-frequency situations for students to learn hands-on in a safe, controlled environment. The aim is to increase patient safety and quality of care when students graduate and enter the workforce.

A key success factor for the center is Wong’s comprehensive understanding of how to effectively utilize simulation to meet program outcomes and her ability to design programs to meet standards of healthcare simulation education. “Having the CHSE-Advanced certification is a great honor and I feel great responsibility to ensure that every learner who comes to the center will leave with greater knowledge, experience and confidence,” Wong said. “This is important to me because it means that our community will be better served, one patient at a time.”

Read the UH Mānoa news release for more information.

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