Director of health science simulation center earns national certification

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Desiree Yamamoto, (808) 956-2904
Community Development Officer, Nursing
Posted: May 13, 2014

Dr. Lorrie Wong, PhD, RN, CHSE-A, Director of the UH Translational Health Science Simulation Center.
Dr. Lorrie Wong, PhD, RN, CHSE-A, Director of the UH Translational Health Science Simulation Center.
Nursing students participate in simulation training.
Nursing students participate in simulation training.

UH Mānoa Nursing recognizes Dr. Lorrie Wong, PhD, RN, CHSE-A, Director of the UH Translational Health Science Simulation Center (UH THSSC), for successfully completing the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator Advanced (CHSE-Advanced) certification. CHSE-Advanced is a multidisciplinary program administered by The Society for Simulation in Healthcare to certify health-care simulation educators who demonstrate advanced professional and educational knowledge, skills and abilities in healthcare simulation.

Launched in 2012, Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) is the first certification for healthcare simulation educators. Since then, more than 295 individuals from 10 countries have obtained CHSE certification. The CHSE-Advanced certification represents the continuation of professional development beyond the CHSE. Dr. Wong is one of only 16 individuals worldwide awarded the CHSE-Advanced certification.

Only select health-care simulation professionals earn this advanced professional recognition of specialized knowledge, skills, abilities, longevity and accomplishments in simulation. As leaders of excellence and innovation, UH Mānoa Nursing and the UH THSSC brings real-life scenarios to the classroom so that students can gain experience, confidence, and skills they need to provide quality care.

“Dr. Wong’s CHSE-Advanced certification ensures that our Center maintains national and international standards of simulation education for our students,” said Dr. Mary G. Boland, UH Mānoa Nursing Dean. Simulation training creates high-risk, low-frequency situations for students to learn hands-on in a safe, controlled environment. The aim is to increase patient safety and quality of care when students graduate and enter the workforce.

High-fidelity simulation education is a relatively new field and simulation educators around the world are working together to document best practices and create international standards. The CHSE-Advanced provides Dr. Wong with a three-year certification that positions UH Mānoa Nursing at the forefront of simulation education.

A key success factor for the UH THSSC is Dr. Wong’s comprehensive understanding of how to effectively utilize simulation to meet program outcomes and her ability to design programs to meet standards of health-care simulation education. “Having the CHSE-Advanced certification is a great honor and I feel great responsibility to ensure that every learner who comes to the Center will leave with greater knowledge, experience and confidence,” she said. “This is important to me because it means that our community will be better served, one patient at a time.”

About UH Mānoa Nursing

UH Mānoa Nursing, the Nursing Capitol of the Pacific, is the leader in nursing education and research in Hawai‘i with outreach to Asia and the Pacific Basin. We support the mission of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa: to provide an innovative, caring and multicultural environment in which faculty, students and staff work together to generate and transmit knowledge, wisdom, and values to promote quality of life and health for present and future generations. The school offers the BS, master’s, and doctoral programs. To reflect Hawai‘i's unique cultural diversity and heritage, UH Mānoa Nursing is committed to increasing Native Hawaiian and other underserved people in all nursing programs. For more information, visit

About The Society for Simulation in Healthcare

SSH is a multi-disciplinary, multi-specialty, international society with ties to all medical specialties, nursing, allied health, paramedical personnel, and industry. CHSE-A was developed in concert with the SSH mission to lead in facilitating excellence in multi-specialty healthcare education. The CHSE-A program has been developed over a number of years with the input of individuals and societies representing a wide variety of backgrounds and experience in healthcare simulation.  For more information on CHSE-A, visit or email Andrew Spain, Director of Certification, at

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