UPIKE Nursing program congratulates its first Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator

Ashlie Newsome, MSN, RN, director of simulation and lab coordinator at the University of Pikeville Elliott School of Nursing (ESON), has earned the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) certification. Newsome joins the ranks of only 30 individuals in the commonwealth who have achieved this distinction. 

Awarded by the Society of Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), the certification covers simulation design, function, modality and simulation teaching practices. This certification distinguishes those who have proven themselves to be advanced educators and leaders who impact and influence the field of healthcare simulation. A CHSE is highly skilled in developing and integrating individual simulation activities into the larger continuum of learning. 

“UPIKE’s ESON has been blessed with an amazing facility that we want to make sure is utilized to its fullest potential,” said Newsome. “CHSE certification opens doors to networking, provides a competitive edge in the community, program offerings and grant funding. Obtaining my CHSE not only adds credibility to the new simulation center but to our nursing program as well.” 

Newsome believes simulation is the connection the students need in learning to take the content they learn in class and skills lab and apply it in a controlled environment. With simulation, UPIKE can expose students to situations that are sometimes high stress and life-threatening. 

“Our students get to experience real-life situations and important medical scenarios like blood transfusions and code blues that they may not get to experience in clinical situations. We can make that happen in simulation,” said Newsome. “Utilizing quality simulation for our students allows them to be better prepared for the workforce and most importantly being able to provide better and safer care for our patients.”

Newsome has already heard the benefits of simulation from ESON 2021 graduate Haylee Chafin. 

“Haylee is currently working at Augusta University Medical Center (AUMC) in Georgia. AUMC is a large facility with 520 beds and is a teaching hospital with a level 1 Trauma Center,” said Newsome. “During Haylee’s ACLS class, she was answering questions back to back before others. The educator wanted to know where she went to nursing school because she was so impressed with her knowledge and critical thinking skills. Haylee represents ESON well!”

Dean of the College of Nursing and Human Services Karen Damron, Ph.D., RN, believes Newsome has done an outstanding job in her role as the first simulation director.  

“This additional credential she has earned sets us apart as a nursing program and informs the public about our investment in seeking to provide our students with the highest quality simulation experiences available,” said Damron. 

For more information about the nursing program at UPIKE, call (606) 218-5750.