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Goldfarb Awarded Accreditation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare

Monday, September 24, 2012 - Goldfarb Awarded Accreditation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare
ST. LOUIS - The Clinical Simulation Institute at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College was awarded accreditation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) in the area of “Teaching/Education Standards and Measurement.” Goldfarb School of Nursing is only one of 21 international centers awarded the accreditation.  

The SSH is a society of educators and researchers united to improve performance and reduce errors in patient care through the use of clinical simulation labs. The society promotes improvements in simulation technology, educational methods, practitioner assessment and patient safety to promote better patient care and improve patient outcome.

SSH accredits institutes who demonstrate compliance to specified standards and are able to measure success in one or more of the following areas of simulation: assessment, research and/or teaching/education. “The accreditation process is very comprehensive and rigorous, requiring an in-depth self study and site visit,” says Beth Rotter, director of Goldfarb’s clinical simulation institute. “I am grateful to my colleague, Dr. Gail Rea, who worked alongside me for six months in 2011 as we prepared our report. Additionally, I'd like to thank the members of our simulation team, Debbie Sutter, Gale Bunt, Sue Brown and Tim Shinabery, along with faculty, who are instrumental in the continued success of our simulation program.” 

The simulation program at Goldfarb School of Nursing offers students an opportunity to put their knowledge and skills into action prior to clinical rotations. Through skills labs and live demonstrations, nursing faculty and simulation staff create a variety of complex and challenging scenarios that provide students with the experiences they are likely to encounter in a live clinical environment. In the simulation lab, students can learn from mistakes without adverse consequences to the patient. They learn to prioritize and delegate multiple patients with complex needs, collaborate within multidisciplinary health care teams and communicate with family members. 

The SSH accreditation benefits Goldfarb and its students through identification and standardization of best practices. It benefits the community by enhancing students knowledge and skill, while emphasizing patient safety.  


Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College is located on the campus of Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis and is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish Hospital, with a site at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. The College is housed in a nationally recognized educational facility with state-of-the-art classrooms, lecture halls and a Clinical Simulation Institute with six patient simulation labs and two exam rooms providing high-tech, advanced nursing care experiences.
Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

Angela Trower