The University of Maryland School of Nursing’s Debra L. Spunt Simulation Laboratories has received accreditation in teaching and education from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. UMSON is one of two simulation laboratories accredited in the Mid-Atlantic region, according to a news release.
SSH seeks to improve performance and reduce errors in patient care through the use of simulation. Accreditation involved a one-day, onsite review in March of UMSON’s program. The SSH board mentioned the school’s debriefing workshops for faculty, dedication to course improvement and a student-peer tutoring program as three key elements in the school receiving accreditation, according to the release.
A program seeking SSH accreditation must have operated for at least two years and demonstrate compliance with core standards and fulfillment of standards applied to assessment, research or teaching and education.
UMSON’s 24 simulation labs replicate realistic practice environments, including in the hospital, operating room, maternity and pediatrics units and health assessment services, according to the school’s website.
“Simulation represents a paradigm shift in healthcare education,” Amy Daniels, MS, RN, CHSE, clinical instructor and interim director of UMSON’s clinical simulation laboratories, said in the release. “I am pleased that we are able to provide our students with unique learning opportunities in our labs through improved simulation technology, educational methods, practitioner assessment and patient safety.”