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Project SHiNE

Project Simulation and Social determinants of Health in Nursing Education (SHiNE) prepares nursing faculty throughout the state of South Carolina to use simulation to achieve health equity by preparing learners to view themselves as social justice advocates for health equity.

Advancing simulation education

This project was funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to design a training curriculum to prepare nursing faculty to incorporate the social determinants of health (SDOH) into simulation-based experiences (SBE). The focus of the SBE includes building the skill of advocacy by preparing learners to do something about rather than just knowing about the SDOH.

The program enhances lessons on the social and cultural effects of healthcare. Two high-fidelity mannequins of color are the first in a nursing program in South Carolina.

In 2020, 96 percent of mannequins in the country’s simulation labs were white. Treating everyone as if they’re the same can have disastrous medical outcomes. Diverse mannequins can help to get students used to different kinds of people whom they’re most likely to treat.

To date, hundreds of traditional baccalaureate and master’s entry into practice (MEPN) nursing students have had the opportunity to participate in the SBE. Over time, thousands of nursing students will have the opportunity to participate in these experiences.

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