Phil Jimenez, simulation technician for the School of Nursing, became a Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist (CHSOS) on Sept. 5.
In order to be eligible to receive a CHSOS certification, individuals must: participate in healthcare simulation in an operations role; have focused simulation expertise about learners in undergraduate, graduate, allied health, or healthcare practitioners; have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience; and have two years of experience in a healthcare simulation operations role. Successful certification involves completing an online application, submitting three references, and passing a standardized national exam.
“The Operations Specialists are as varied and unique as the centers who employ them. Some have titles that include Simulation Technicians, Simulation Technology Specialists, and Simulation IT Specialists. Regardless of the title, the growing field of simulation operations is the result of the increasing demands for skills, knowledge and abilities to meet the operational needs of busy simulation centers and labs. The CHSOS communicates to current and future employers that they have the best that this field is offering to them,” said H. Michael Young, chair of the CHSOS subcommittee.
With this CHSOS certification, Jimenez will receive formal professional as well as international recognition of his specialized knowledge, skills, abilities, and accomplishments in simulation operations. It also confirms his commitment to continued professional development and lifelong learning. Jimenez holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Boise State University in Health Informatics and Information Management.