Nursing School First South Jersey Institution to Earn National Accreditation for Excellence in Simulation Teaching

Rutgers University–Camden has been named South Jersey’s first accredited institution in the area of teaching/education by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Kay Aquilino, Davina Soernssen, Penny Smith, Dean Donna Nickitas, Nancy Hill

Kay Aquilino, Davina Soernssen, Penny Smith, Dean Donna Nickitas, Nancy Hill

The Center for Excellence in Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Innovation at the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden has been awarded an inaugural five-year accreditation from the nationally respected society, which ensures that hospitals, universities and medical associations utilizing simulation programs to prepare health care practitioners meet the highest standards of excellence and effectiveness.

The accreditation reflects the exemplary scope of teaching and technology that the Rutgers–Camden nursing school incorporates into its nursing simulations programs for undergraduate and graduate students.

“As a leading center for nursing education and research, Rutgers–Camden is dedicated to providing our students and our partners with the highest level of professional experience to strengthen them as patient advocates,” says Donna Nickitas, dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden. “We are proud to be the first South Jersey institution to earn this prestigious accreditation, which reflects our commitment to nursing excellence across our state and our region.”

Donna Nickitas, dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden

Located in the Nursing and Science Building at Rutgers University–Camden, the Center for Excellence in Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Innovation offers nearly 9,200 square feet of state-of-the-art simulation and clinical skills learning space for its students. This includes a nursing simulation center that allows teams of nursing students to participate in high-fidelity, mannequin‐based training activities within two hospital-like intensive-care suites, while also engaging in clinical-skills training with standardized patients in the four mock-examination rooms.

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare seeks to improve performance and safety in health care through the use of simulation. Established in 2004 by professionals using simulation for education, testing, and research in health care, the society has more than 4,500 members across more than 55 countries.

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