David Harrison 
WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 11, 2016 – More than 1,000 professionals from 26 countries have been certified in the field of healthcare simulation since various certification programs were instituted by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) in 2012. 
Certification is an internationally recognized method of demonstrating quality to consumers and industries. By meeting the standards that have been set through a peer-developed process, healthcare simulationists can demonstrate that they have the knowledge, skills, and abilities desired to deliver quality healthcare simulation activities. 
SSH provides three certifications: 
• Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) 
• Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator – Advanced (CHSE-A) 
• Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist (CHSOS) 

SSH’s certification programs have been recognized and/or recommended by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE), the Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare (ASSH) and the Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA). 
“As healthcare simulation continues to grow in recognition and impact, it is increasingly important that the healthcare simulationists are properly trained and practice best standards. Certification is one way of demonstrating an appropriate level of knowledge and skill in healthcare simulation, ” said Chad Epps, president of SSH. 
The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) seeks to improve performance and reduce errors in patient care through the use of simulation. Established in 2004 by professionals using simulation for education, testing, and research in health care, SSH membership includes nearly 3,200 physicians, nurses, allied health and paramedical personnel, researchers, educators and developers from around the globe. SSH fosters the improvement and application of simulation–based modalities such as human patient simulators, virtual reality, standardized patients and task trainers.

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