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Maverick Family Nursing Simulation Center Receives Provisional Accreditation

Minnesota State Mankato's nursing simulation center is one of just over 100 accredited centers worldwide.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-25-2017

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Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Maverick Family Nursing Simulation Center recently received provisional accreditation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Colleen Royle, director of the Maverick Family Nursing Simulation Center and associate professor in the University’s School of Nursing, said that Minnesota State Mankato joined just over 100 nursing simulation centers worldwide that have achieved accreditation.

According to a SIM Center Directory on the Society for Simulation in Healthcare website, just two nursing simulation centers in Minnesota had achieved accreditation, with Minnesota State Mankato’s center becoming the third.

The provisional accreditation means that Minnesota State Mankato’s nursing simulation center is accredited for two years. At the end of that period, the University will apply for full accreditation status (which is five years in length). Standards for both provisional and full accreditation are the same.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Maverick Family Nursing Simulation Center has two branches – academic and workforce training. The academic branch, in existence since 2010, had sufficient outcome data for the accreditation application, but the workforce training branch, established in 2017, was not able to collect sufficient outcome data prior to the accreditation application. This outcome data will be collected and applied to the five-year accreditation application.

Minnesota State Mankato’s 16,000-square-foot Maverick Family Simulation Center is located in the University’s Clinical Sciences Building, which opened in January 2017. The simulation center provides access to 13 high-fidelity mannequins, ranging from newborns to adults. Starting in their first semester in the School of Nursing, students spend significant time in simulation scenarios. The expanded space and equipment resources also create opportunities to bring practice partners into the simulation space and provide training to their workforce.

Royle earned the international “Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE)” credential in June. The comprehensive CHSE credential covers educational design and healthcare simulation principles, and the application of these to meet the needs of healthcare learners at all levels.

Minnesota State Mankato’s School of Nursing, along with The Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society, has been instrumental in adding the development of family nursing skills and education to simulation labs.

For more information, contact Colleen Royle by phone at 507-389-2506 or by email at

The Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) was established in January 2004 to represent the rapidly growing group of educators, research scientists and advocates who utilize a variety of simulation methodologies for education, testing and research in healthcare.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Maverick Family Nursing Simulation Center and School of Nursing are part of the University’s College of Allied Health and Nursing.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with approximately 15,000 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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