The college's Simulation Lab has been renamed The Center for Simulation and Experiential Learning (SAEL). The Society for Simulation (SSH) and the Council for Accreditation of Health Simulation Programs have granted SAEL accreditation in Teaching/Education. The SSH is the largest health care simulation accrediting body in the world. The college’s center is the first stand-alone program of nursing in South Carolina to be granted accreditation by SSH. Center Director, CRYSTAL MURILLO, says, “We are excited about this achievement as it attests to the quality of experiential learning in our educational programs designed to prepare the future nursing workforce.”
Dr. Murillo received a Health Resources and Services Administration Grant for her project, Experiential SHiNE (Simulation and Social-determinants of Health in Nursing Education). The project focuses on using simulation education training to transform South Carolina’s public health nursing workforce. The goal is to improve rural populations’ health outcomes most at risk from social determinants using a training curriculum specifically designed to prepare faculty and students to serve as social justice advocates. The two high-fidelity manikins of color are the first to arrive in a nursing program in South Carolina. Based on a previous research study Dr. Murillo conducted with colleagues, these manikins are the first of few to arrive in a nursing program in the nation, as 90+ percent of labs had very little diversity of simulation equipment. SHiNE was designed using a community-based, hands-on approach to create collaboration among stakeholders and inform the training curriculum development.