Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Maverick Family Nursing Simulation Center recently received provisional accreditation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Director Colleen Royle says MSU-Mankato joined just over 100 nursing simulation centers worldwide that have achieved accreditation, and the center is just the third in the state.

The center is accredited for two years, and at the end of that period, the University will apply for full, five-year accreditation status.

Minnesota State Mankato’s simulation center provides access to 13 high-fidelity mannequins, ranging from newborns to adults. Starting in their first semester in the School of Nursing, Royle says students spend significant time in simulation scenarios. She adds that the expanded space and equipment resources also create opportunities to bring practice partners into the simulation space and provide training to their workforce.