- From Samuel Merritt University (SMU) Students and Graduates
- From Our Community Healthcare Partners
- From Our Corporate Partners
- From SMU’s Leadership
- View a video of faculty, staff, students and alumni describing what's like at the HSSC.
Testimonials From SMU Students and Graduates ↑
"Simulation: bridging the gap between didactic and clinical nurse anesthesia preparation."
Jennifer Heavenston, GRNA, MSN (SMU Class of 2010)
"Simulation is a necessity. I am certain that it does one of two things: assist you in becoming a competent safe anesthesia practitioner or reinforce that you are a competent, safe anesthesia provider."
Bradley Burch, SRNA (SMU Class of 2011)
"Simulation enables me to become a safe anesthesia provider before I ever step foot in the operating room."
David Wangler, SRNA (SMU Class of 2011)
"My attestation for simulation is that by using the emulation of situations in which hesitation can cause devastation, the acquisition of education and preparation are the realizations. Imagination, implementation, communication, and self-actualization are all enhanced by the stimulation of simulation."
Anthony Cook, GRNA, MSN (SMU Class of 2010)
Testimonials From Our Community Healthcare Partners ↑
"I had the opportunity to work with the simulation center at SMU and it was a fantastic experience. We worked together to have 120 nurses attend a 4 hour simulation session on severe sepsis and I can’t begin to explain how it impacted the nurses who attended. They became much more aware of their own practices and learned first hand how to detect sepsis in its early stages. They also learned how to use the SBAR format better when communicating with the physician. Every nurse should experience this."
Thomas Holton RN, MS
PACE - Clinical Transformation Director
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
"The Samuel Merritt Simulation Center was a wonderful place to take my Obstetrics and Gynecology residents. The staff were incredibly helpful and supportive, which allowed us to run creative scenarios and to review obstetrical emergencies. The residents loved the experience. The ability to both teach and evaluate the residents was perfect. Thank you for such an incredible day!"
Laura Minikel, M.D., FACOG
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Kaiser East Bay (Oakland)
Residency Program Director
"We at Kaiser Permanente are using simulation in many ways to advance safety and improve our healthcare system, and are delighted at our collaboration with the SMU Health Sciences Simulation Center (HSSC). The high quality of their educational work is reflected in the excellent graduates in Nursing, Anesthesia and other programs. Many have gone on to become leaders in our organization. We are also sending some of our residents to the simulation center for intensive education, which is both productive and well received. We look forward to the future growth of their program."
Paul Preston, M.D.
Regional Safety Educator, The Permanente Medical Group
Kaiser Permanente, Northern California Region
"I would like to congratulate the HSSC at SMU for their outstanding service to our Emergency Medicine residency program. Over the past two years, we have worked collaboratively with the HSSC to produce a dynamic and comprehensive simulation experience for our house staff. The HSSC facility is spacious and state of the art. The staff are adept at creating an experience that is highly educational but also focused on the target goals of team building, integration of evidence-based medicine, and patient safety."
Eric R. Snoey, M.D.
Vice Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine
Alameda County Medical Center
Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine
UCSF Medical Center
"The California Institute for Nursing and Health Care (CINHC) values (its) partnership with SMU. As charter members of the Bay Area Simulation Collaborative (BASC), SMU faculty have been instrumental in writing, validating and testing simulation scenarios. The university has made a commitment to faculty development for simulation and many faculty have been trained throughout the BASC. In addition BASC trainers have emerged from SMU assisting the BASC with training.
"SMU is one of two apprentice training sites in the Bay Area, as they were identified as experts. To date we have had five apprentice graduates and more in the pipeline. SMU was also one of five colleges that participated in an important research study on simulation and critical thinking.
"Finally, SMU was a charter member of the California Simulation Alliance (CSA), founded in 2008, which serves the State of California. The CSA is a virtual group, led by the CINHC with the goal of creating a common language for simulation. (It) provides its members with sharing of best practice programs, scenarios and other important resources. The CINHC values its partnership with SMU and supports its regional efforts in bringing partners together for important simulation training (and), ultimately, to improve patient safety."
KT Waxman DNP, MBA, RN, CNL
Director, California Simulation Alliance
California Institute for Nursing & Health Care
University of San Francisco School of Nursing
Testimonials From Our Corporate Partners ↑
"Our relationship with SMU is a bright example of how to achieve common goals when industry and marketplace unite through partnership. Samuel Merritt's dedication to educating healthcare providers, using a full circle of learning approach, demonstrates their commitment to efficient and effective learning. Laerdal is pleased to refer its clients to Samuel Merritt to receive training on the use of our simulation solutions."
David LaCombe, CPLP
Laerdal Educational Services
Testimonials From SMU’s Leadership ↑
"Nursing students and faculty are constantly challenged to find the best possible experiences of preparing to care for clients. The HSSC provides reliable opportunities for students to learn and practice under controlled circumstances and to try new and creative methods of providing care without risk. With simulation, we can ensure that each student has the chance to play one or many nursing roles in case studies that we cannot guarantee they will all see in their clinical settings.
"Simulation allows student application of knowledge, skills, and attitudes with built-in, structured feedback. A key component of simulation is active engagement of multiple interdisciplinary members of the team: the client, family members, nursing staff, and other health discipline team members. That is another scenario which may be difficult to provide consistently to all students in actual care situations.
"The staff of the HSSC are experts in designing, navigating and evaluating learning experiences that can hone students’ skills. They are knowledgeable, supportive professional educators and clinicians."
Audrey Berman, Ph.D., R.N.
Professor & Dean, Nursing
Samuel Merritt University
3100 Summit Street, 3rd floor
Oakland, CA 94609
Video of Testimonials ↑
Here's a great video of HSSC faculty, staff, students and alumni talking about the pioneering use of simulation at SMU.