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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

Date: October 11, 2013


By:  Moriah Isringhausen

Karen ShepherdKaren Shepherd, assistant professor of nursing, became a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE).  She is one of only 202 professionals who hold the certification. Professionals from 11 different countries and several different professions have applied for this certification.  The CHSE program, created by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, began in June of 2012. This program is the first of its kind since simulation in healthcare is still a relatively new way to teach.

“The number one reason to get my certification is not to improve my knowledge, but to improve patient outcomes by increasing students’ knowledge and performance in a safe, nurturing environment in the simulation setting,” said Shepherd.

Shepherd has led the College of the Ozarks nursing program’s Simulation Learning Center since 2007 during which time it has become a model for nursing programs both regionally and nationally.

Shepherd currently serves on the Simulation Leadership Group, sponsored by the Nursing League for Nursing. She was one in 20 selected from 75 applicants from around the world. Her term will end this January, when a new leadership group will be selected. It was this experience that further encouraged Shepherd to earn her certification.

This coming spring, Shepherd will lead students from College of the Ozarks, two other United States nursing schools and one Canadian nursing school in a study to explore which simulation learning method is most effective.  The idea for this study evolved from a Simulation Leadership Group meeting.


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