Last week, St. Catherine University’s School of Nursing, Simulation Director Krista Anderson, MSN, RN, CHSE-A, received the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator – Advanced® (CHSE-A®) certification. Granted by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare™ — an internationally-recognized organization dedicated to advancing the application of medical simulation in healthcare — the CHSE-A certification distinguishes those who have proven themselves to be advanced educators in their healthcare simulation practice and serve as mentors and examples to others in the field. Anderson is one of only 92 people in the world who currently hold this advanced certification.
“I am honored to receive this certification,” Anderson says. “I believe healthcare simulation transforms healthcare outcomes for individuals, communities, and systems. My goal is to support students' education through high quality simulation to impact healthcare across the continuum.”
Since Anderson was hired as the Simulation Director in June 2020, she has worked with St. Kate’s 35+ healthcare programs to introduce best-practice standards and faculty development in utilizing simulation, virtual technologies, and debriefing. She has worked tirelessly to facilitate interprofessional education and expand simulation opportunities for St. Catherine University healthcare program students. Through these efforts, Anderson has increased the percentage of clinical hours normally completed in traditional partner sites — an incredible asset for St. Kate’s students during the clinical hours shortage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a part of the School of Health’s goals — supported by the GHR Foundations Legacy and Academic Excellence Grants — Anderson and the School of Health’s simulation taskforce aim to: improve simulation operations; foster interprofessional education; gain national program accreditation; and facilitate faculty and community development.
“Healthcare simulation provides our students with valuable opportunities to learn life-saving skills in controlled environments,” says Dean of Health Sciences Lisa Dutton, PT, PhD. “Krista’s dedication to simulation and its integration into the fabric of the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health’s curriculum will enable our graduates to be more confident and prepared when they start their careers.”