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With new faculty certifications, School of Nursing gains ‘competitive edge’

Cynthia Randall, Scott Cook and Ashley Korenkiewicz

The University of Southern Maine School of Nursing is celebrating multiple faculty and staff achievements within its Learning Resources and Simulation Center (LRSC).

Three of the school’s faculty and staff have received certifications representing formal, professional recognition of specialized knowledge, skills, abilities and accomplishments in their respective areas of practice.

Assistant Professor Cynthia Randall (left in photo) and Instructor Ashley Korenkiewicz (right) have both achieved the Society for Healthcare Simulation credential as Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator(s).  

Scott Cook, the LRSC manager, recently passed the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) certification exam as a Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist. This recognizes Cook’s knowledge, skill and abilities and accomplishments in the area of simulation operations.

Randall is a registered nurse and clinical nurse leader who holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from USM. Korenkiewicz is also a registered nurse and certified nurse educator who holds a Master’s of Science in Nursing from USM.

Cook (center) holds a Master’s in Adult and Higher Education from USM.

“The USM School of Nursing benefits by having these masterful educators leading our state of the art evidence based teaching and learning environment in simulation,” said Jean Dvorak, nursing instructor and director of LRSC. “Certified educators improve healthcare simulation education through the identification of best practices and recognition of practice, strengthen patient safety efforts through simulation modalities, and they foster a feedback loop between education and the community of practicing nurses.”  

“Programs with certified simulation professionals receive a competitive edge in the community, program offerings, and grant funding.” Dvorak said. “Congratulations to these amazing professionals and to the School of Nursing for continuing to grow and support the educational resources needed to assist our new nurses to achieve an evidence-based nursing education.”