University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Cohen and LeMieux Receive Clinical Healthcare Simulation Certification

Celia Cohen and Nancy LeMieux
(Left to right) Celia Cohen, M.S.N., R.N., an educator in the Nursing Education and Research Department at Fletcher Allen Health Care, and Nancy LeMieux, M.S.N., R.N., clinical educator of nursing in the UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences, with a Clinical Simulation Laboratory manikin. (Photo by Ed Neuert)

Two nurse educators from the University of Vermont and Fletcher Allen Health Care have earned certification as Clinical Healthcare Simulation Educators. Nancy LeMieux, M.S.N., R.N., clinical educator of nursing in the UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and Celia Cohen, M.S.N., RN., an educator in the Nursing Education and Research  Department at Fletcher Allen Health Care, have passed the 115-question exam and submitted the necessary documentation – including reference letters, resume information, and personal statements - to the Society for Simulation in Health Care to formally recognize their specialized knowledge, skills, and accomplishments in simulation.

The Society for Simulation in Health Care, established in 2004, “promotes improvements in simulation technology, educational methods, practitioner assessment, and patient safety that promote competent and excellent patient care, including continuous measurements and improvements in patient outcomes.”

Certified Clinical Healthcare Simulation Educators must show competency in four areas: Professional Values and Capabilities; Knowledge of Educational Principles, Practice and Methodology; Implementing, Assessing and Managing Simulation-Based Educational Interventions; and Scholarship.

LeMieux is coordinator of simulation-based education activities for the UVM/Fletcher Allen Clinical Simulation Laboratory. Cohen, who also serves as a simulation faculty member for the Clinical Simulation Laboratory, earned a 2011 Frymoyer Scholarship with UVM Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of Clinical Simulation Ted James, M.D., to develop a series of simulated clinical management scenarios with a goal of preventing patient safety mishaps. The scenarios teach and assess health communication skills, professionalism, and inter-professional communication.