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Dawn M Schocken, CHSE-A

Director, Center for Advanced Clinical Learning 

USF Health Morsani College of Medicine


Dawn provides leadership for an inter-professional learning environment that includes learners developing, enhancing and reviewing their skills as healthcare providers.  Through an immersive experience in a tailored simulation environment, our pre-clinical learners begin their journey to become outstanding healthcare providers.  Our clinical learners obtain additional skills to enhance their patient care and attention to patient safety.  Our seasoned clinicians return for maintenance of certification practice hours to assure they remain state of the art and cutting edge practitioners.  USF Health has an outreach of five counties in the State of Florida and serves as the primary healthcare learning site for this entire population.  Dawn serves as the Chair of the SSH Directors of Simulation Centers SIG, the SSH Accreditation committee and heads the Assessment sub-committee for Accreditation as well as co-leads the sub-committee on preparation for the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator.  She is a trained educator with years of experience teaching simulation in a university setting.  Dawn’s mission in life is to improve the learning journey for all who enter and practice healthcare.

Vice Chair

Alaina Herrington 


Alaina Herrington is currently the Director of the Mississippi Academy for Simulation Training (MAST) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). In her role, Alaina provides a free statewide, online simulation education training for nursing faculty.  In addition, Alaina mentors faculty from across the state to utilize the UMMC Simulation and Interprofessional Education Center (SIEC) for free onsite student training.  Alaina also provides one on one mentoring for many simulation directors and coordinators across Mississippi.  Alaina was formally the Simulation Center Director at Mississippi’s largest community college.  During her time there, Alaina coordinated the opening of a state-of-the-art simulation center in 2014 and lead the center to become the first accredited simulation center in the state by the Society of Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) in Teaching and Learning in 2017. Alaina was selected as a National League for Nursing (NLN) 2015 Simulation Leader. She is a contributing author and advisory board member for the NLN Center for Innovation in Simulation & Technology Blog. She is a Society of Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) Accreditation Site Reviewer and a Certified Healthcare in Simulation Educator, Advanced (CHSE-A), CHSE reviewer and test item writer. She is the current chair of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) HomeGrown Solution Committee and a member of the CHSE-A subcommittee.

Directors of Sim Centers Special Interest Group

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The Director’s SIG Mission Statement:

The Director’s SIG supports, advocates and disseminates the SSH’s mission to lead in facilitating excellence in (multi-specialty) healthcare education, practice, and research through simulation modalities.  Additionally, the Director’s SIG will provide support, guidance and education to those who are new to simulation and are in the Director’s role at their Simulation Center. 

The Goals of the Directors  SIG is to:

  • Provide a format for individuals who are Directors of Simulation Centers an opportunity to share best practices in setting up, managing and enhancing their centers.
  • Develop training sessions that may serve as webinars for newly appointed Directors to learn about these best practices.
  • Develop a training ground for future leadership of the SIG and the Society as a whole.
  • Provide recommendations for high quality, vetted resources available to the membership for individuals in a management role.
  • Pair new members with a mentor to help guide them as they learn about managing their center



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