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Celeste Villanueva
MS, CRNA

Ms. Villanueva is the Director of the Health Sciences Simulation Center. Her education includes degrees from the University of California, Irvine, University of California, San Francisco, and Columbia University. Her 24-year career as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) includes 17 years in clinical practice and 18 years as an educator. Her association with the University's Program of Nurse Anesthesia (PNA) began during its earliest years when she served as a curriculum consultant in 1993; she served as the Associate Director for 7 years before becoming Director from 2003 - 2012. Under her leadership the PNA evolved significantly in size and stature in the national anesthesia community, distinguishing itself in the realm of innovative approaches to learning in the academic setting as well as for its clinical curriculum of top notch breadth and quality.

An early adopter of human patient simulation as a learning method, Celeste has championed the full range of immersive, simulation-based learning (SBL) techniques throughout the University community since 2001. It is her vision, leadership, and commitment to innovative and effective learning that leverages emerging technologies that is often credited as the driving force behind the establishment of the Health Sciences Simulation Center North in 2006. Under her direction, the Center has garnered its reputation as a vibrant locus for learning and creativity, leading to its expansion - the Health Sciences Simulation Center South - which opened in 2010. Celeste is currently a full-time doctoral student at Pepperdine University in the Education Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Learning Technologies program. 

Teaching Interest

·             Different models of curricular integration of simulation and other immersive methodologies across all healthcare professional domains.

  The impact of formative simulation-based learning on clinical performance.

  Use of simulation-based methodologies for high-stakes competency assessment in healthcare professional education and high- and low-stakes competency assessment in the lifelong education of healthcare professionals.

Interprofessional education with a focus on the use of emerging technologies to foster a collaborative approach to learning.

Courses Taught

Primary teaching responsibilities are currently related to the major components of the CRNA Synthesis course (N606) and advisement of nurse anesthesia students.

Focused teaching of simulation-related subjects to students, faculty, and community members is delivered through services of the Health Sciences Simulation Center. 

Peer Reviewed Publications

PUBLICATIONS - CHAPTERS

Villanueva, CG: “Simulation in Nurse Anesthesia Education – Practical Approaches to Curriculum Integration” In A Resource for Nurse Anesthesia Educators, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Publishing, Inc., August 2009.

Villanueva, CG:  “The Proof is in the Planning Exemplar 5B” In Advanced Practice Nursing: Roles and Clinical Applications, 2nd edition, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD, 2000

 

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

“Curricular Innovations from Practice to Ivory Tower – A Sepsis Education Project for Nurses with Potential Interprofessional Collaborations,” International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare, San Diego, CA., February 1, 2012.

“Building Bridges between the Ivory Tower and the Real World – A Simulation-Based Educational Experience on Sepsis Management for both Practicing RNs and Nursing Students,” Magic in Teaching Conference, San Diego, CA., October 18, 2011

“Simulation in Nurse Anesthesia – Making the Case for a Simulation Summit,” Presentation to AANA Board of Directors, Mid Year Assembly BOD Planning and Discussion (Open) Session, April 9, 2011

“Nurse Anesthesia Education – Rigors & Rewards,” Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Seminar – Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, March 26, 2011

 “Simulation & Patient Safety – Making A Link,” Spring 2011 Conference - Oregon Association of Nurse Anesthetists; Bend, OR, March 5, 2011

“Simulation in Anesthesia Education & Practice: State of the Science,” Spring 2011 Conference - Oregon Association of Nurse Anesthetists; Bend, OR, March 5, 2011

“Making Cents of Your Simulation Center: Hidden Costs and Strategies for Cost Containment,” 11th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare- Expert Panel #145; New Orleans, Louisiana, January 25, 2011

 “Making a Case for Educational Effectiveness,” 3rd Annual Arcadia Summit (sponsored by Educational Management Solutions, Inc).; Oakland, California, August 19, 2010

 “Nurse Anesthesia Education at Samuel Merritt University,” Panel Presentation, Practice of Excellence: 14th Interregional Symposium for NPs, PAs, CNMs & CRNAs, Kaiser Permanente Northern California; Berkeley, California, May 8, 2010

 “Curricular Aspects of Simulation,” American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Assembly of School Faculty; San Antonio, Texas, February 27, 2010

 “Debriefing – an Evidence Based Practice,” American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Assembly of School Faculty; San Antonio, Texas, February 27, 2010

 “Suspension of Disbelief: Simulation in Nurse Anesthesia Education and Practice” American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Annual Meeting; San Diego, California, August 11, 2009

 “Nurse Anesthesia Education – Rigors & Rewards,” Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Seminar – University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, April 25, 2009

 “Integration of Simulation Centers with Patient Safety Initiatives” Panel presenter: Beacon – The Bay Area Patient Safety Collaborative, 2008 October Quarterly Meeting; Freemont, California, March 28, 2008

 “The Samuel Merritt College Story – An Exemplar in Simulation Center Development” California Institute of Nursing and Health Care (CINHC) Magic in Teaching and Simulation Conference; Los Angeles, California, March 14, 2008

 “Simulation in Anesthesia – An Update from an Educational and Practice Perspective”

“The DNP Movement – Implications for Nurse Anesthesia”; California Association of Nurse Anesthetists (CANA) Spring Conference; Sonoma, California, March 9, 2008

Grants & Fellowships

GRANTS

12/2007 – 12/2009Project Director, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Grant #1581 – Increasing Nursing Student Capacity Through Human Patient Simulation.

1997 – 2003: Project Co-Director;  2003 – present: Project Director, Kaiser Permanente Northern California Funding for Maintenance and Expansion of the Samuel Merritt University Program of Nurse Anesthesia.

10/2003 – 6/2005: Program Director, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advanced Education Nursing Grant # EIN #: 1900215449A1

AWARDS

2010: Advocate Award (for simulation education) - Educational Management Solutions, Inc.

2006: Commendation from the Board of Regents, Students, Faculty and Staff, Samuel Merritt College

2005: Strommen-Dillashaw Award, Samuel Merritt College

2003: Excellence in Nursing Education, Sigma Theta Tau International, Nu Xi Chapter At-Large

2002: Didactic Instructor of the Year Award, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

1996: Yuri Nishimura Outstanding Clinical Educator Award, Samuel Merritt College Graduate Program of Nurse Anesthesia

1987:  Margaret F. Sullivan Award for Excellence in Nurse Anesthesia, Columbia University - Roosevelt Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia

 

Professional and Community Service and Professional Memberships

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
2011 - present: Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow - Nursing, National Academies of Practice

2009 - 2010: Simulation Task Force, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Education Committee

2009 - 2010: Scope and Standards Task Force, AANA

2008 - present: Simulation Alliance Task Force, Society for Simulation in Healthcare (representative of the AANA)

2006 - 2009: National Certification Examination Committee, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

Contact Info

Name
Celeste Villanueva
MS, CRNA
Title
Director, Health Sciences Simulation Center
Department
Health Science Simulation Center
Email

Faculty Profile

Celeste Villanueva
Celeste
Villanueva
MS, CRNA
Director, Health Sciences Simulation Center
Health Science Simulation Center
cvillanueva@samuelmerritt.edu
510-869-6511

Ms. Villanueva is the Director of the Health Sciences Simulation Center. Her education includes degrees from the University of California, Irvine, University of California, San Francisco, and Columbia University. Her 24-year career as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) includes 17 years in clinical practice and 18 years as an educator. Her association with the University's Program of Nurse Anesthesia (PNA) began during its earliest years when she served as a curriculum consultant in 1993; she served as the Associate Director for 7 years before becoming Director from 2003 - 2012. Under her leadership the PNA evolved significantly in size and stature in the national anesthesia community, distinguishing itself in the realm of innovative approaches to learning in the academic setting as well as for its clinical curriculum of top notch breadth and quality.

An early adopter of human patient simulation as a learning method, Celeste has championed the full range of immersive, simulation-based learning (SBL) techniques throughout the University community since 2001. It is her vision, leadership, and commitment to innovative and effective learning that leverages emerging technologies that is often credited as the driving force behind the establishment of the Health Sciences Simulation Center North in 2006. Under her direction, the Center has garnered its reputation as a vibrant locus for learning and creativity, leading to its expansion - the Health Sciences Simulation Center South - which opened in 2010. Celeste is currently a full-time doctoral student at Pepperdine University in the Education Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Learning Technologies program. 

·             Different models of curricular integration of simulation and other immersive methodologies across all healthcare professional domains.

  The impact of formative simulation-based learning on clinical performance.

  Use of simulation-based methodologies for high-stakes competency assessment in healthcare professional education and high- and low-stakes competency assessment in the lifelong education of healthcare professionals.

Interprofessional education with a focus on the use of emerging technologies to foster a collaborative approach to learning.

Primary teaching responsibilities are currently related to the major components of the CRNA Synthesis course (N606) and advisement of nurse anesthesia students.

Focused teaching of simulation-related subjects to students, faculty, and community members is delivered through services of the Health Sciences Simulation Center. 

PUBLICATIONS - CHAPTERS

Villanueva, CG: “Simulation in Nurse Anesthesia Education – Practical Approaches to Curriculum Integration” In A Resource for Nurse Anesthesia Educators, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Publishing, Inc., August 2009.

Villanueva, CG:  “The Proof is in the Planning Exemplar 5B” In Advanced Practice Nursing: Roles and Clinical Applications, 2nd edition, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD, 2000

 

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

“Curricular Innovations from Practice to Ivory Tower – A Sepsis Education Project for Nurses with Potential Interprofessional Collaborations,” International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare, San Diego, CA., February 1, 2012.

“Building Bridges between the Ivory Tower and the Real World – A Simulation-Based Educational Experience on Sepsis Management for both Practicing RNs and Nursing Students,” Magic in Teaching Conference, San Diego, CA., October 18, 2011

“Simulation in Nurse Anesthesia – Making the Case for a Simulation Summit,” Presentation to AANA Board of Directors, Mid Year Assembly BOD Planning and Discussion (Open) Session, April 9, 2011

“Nurse Anesthesia Education – Rigors & Rewards,” Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Seminar – Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, March 26, 2011

 “Simulation & Patient Safety – Making A Link,” Spring 2011 Conference - Oregon Association of Nurse Anesthetists; Bend, OR, March 5, 2011

“Simulation in Anesthesia Education & Practice: State of the Science,” Spring 2011 Conference - Oregon Association of Nurse Anesthetists; Bend, OR, March 5, 2011

“Making Cents of Your Simulation Center: Hidden Costs and Strategies for Cost Containment,” 11th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare- Expert Panel #145; New Orleans, Louisiana, January 25, 2011

 “Making a Case for Educational Effectiveness,” 3rd Annual Arcadia Summit (sponsored by Educational Management Solutions, Inc).; Oakland, California, August 19, 2010

 “Nurse Anesthesia Education at Samuel Merritt University,” Panel Presentation, Practice of Excellence: 14th Interregional Symposium for NPs, PAs, CNMs & CRNAs, Kaiser Permanente Northern California; Berkeley, California, May 8, 2010

 “Curricular Aspects of Simulation,” American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Assembly of School Faculty; San Antonio, Texas, February 27, 2010

 “Debriefing – an Evidence Based Practice,” American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Assembly of School Faculty; San Antonio, Texas, February 27, 2010

 “Suspension of Disbelief: Simulation in Nurse Anesthesia Education and Practice” American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Annual Meeting; San Diego, California, August 11, 2009

 “Nurse Anesthesia Education – Rigors & Rewards,” Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Seminar – University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, April 25, 2009

 “Integration of Simulation Centers with Patient Safety Initiatives” Panel presenter: Beacon – The Bay Area Patient Safety Collaborative, 2008 October Quarterly Meeting; Freemont, California, March 28, 2008

 “The Samuel Merritt College Story – An Exemplar in Simulation Center Development” California Institute of Nursing and Health Care (CINHC) Magic in Teaching and Simulation Conference; Los Angeles, California, March 14, 2008

 “Simulation in Anesthesia – An Update from an Educational and Practice Perspective”

“The DNP Movement – Implications for Nurse Anesthesia”; California Association of Nurse Anesthetists (CANA) Spring Conference; Sonoma, California, March 9, 2008

GRANTS

12/2007 – 12/2009Project Director, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Grant #1581 – Increasing Nursing Student Capacity Through Human Patient Simulation.

1997 – 2003: Project Co-Director;  2003 – present: Project Director, Kaiser Permanente Northern California Funding for Maintenance and Expansion of the Samuel Merritt University Program of Nurse Anesthesia.

10/2003 – 6/2005: Program Director, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advanced Education Nursing Grant # EIN #: 1900215449A1

AWARDS

2010: Advocate Award (for simulation education) - Educational Management Solutions, Inc.

2006: Commendation from the Board of Regents, Students, Faculty and Staff, Samuel Merritt College

2005: Strommen-Dillashaw Award, Samuel Merritt College

2003: Excellence in Nursing Education, Sigma Theta Tau International, Nu Xi Chapter At-Large

2002: Didactic Instructor of the Year Award, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

1996: Yuri Nishimura Outstanding Clinical Educator Award, Samuel Merritt College Graduate Program of Nurse Anesthesia

1987:  Margaret F. Sullivan Award for Excellence in Nurse Anesthesia, Columbia University - Roosevelt Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia

 

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
2011 - present: Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow - Nursing, National Academies of Practice

2009 - 2010: Simulation Task Force, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Education Committee

2009 - 2010: Scope and Standards Task Force, AANA

2008 - present: Simulation Alliance Task Force, Society for Simulation in Healthcare (representative of the AANA)

2006 - 2009: National Certification Examination Committee, National Board of Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists

History

Member for
8 years 1 month