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Denise R Cochran, BSN, RN

North Florida / South Georgia Veterans Health System
Simulation Specialist and Patient Safety Manager

denise Cochran

For the past  7 years, Denise Cochran has served as  simulation coordinator  for the Interdisciplinary Simulation and Education Center (ISEC) , serving the North Florida/South Georgia Veteran Health System. She has developed curriculum and simulation based programming for nursing, medicine, surgery, and anesthesia services located at the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center , Lake City VA Medical Center, and 14 satellite facilities. With a  background in emergency nursing , Ms. Cochran has been engaged as a clinical educator, Director of American Heart Programs, and a Patient Safety Manager, while integrating simulation based training throughout the Veteran Health system. In 2012, she received the VA  Under Secretary of Health Excellence in Clinical Simulation Training, Education and Research Award  for her contribution to simulation practices within the VA system.

Vice Chair

Angel J. Nater, MS, PM

EMS Program Manager
Center for Public Safety
Seminole State College of Florida

Angel Nater

Florida Healthcare Simulation Alliance


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The core mission of the Florida Healthcare Simulation Alliance Affinity Group (FHSA-AG) is to promote quality healthcare simulation practices for academic and clinical environments, in an effort to improve patient safety and patient outcomes, across the state of Florida.  FHSA-AG will serve as a regional resource to facilitate collaboration, networking, development and integration of best practices for the delivery of simulation-based healthcare education.  It will strive to support fledging simulation programs through direct mentorship and strengthen existing simulation programs through collaboration and shared best practices.


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