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Janet Willhaus

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Janet Willhaus, assistant professor for the School of Nursing, has been elected to the board of directors as president-elect for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning.

“I am eager to strengthen the association’s reputation as a resource for both novice and experienced sumulationists, as well as represent Boise State and our Simulation Center on a global platform,” said Willhaus.

The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning is an association made up of nearly 1,850 members with the goal to advance the sciences of healthcare simulation. The association aims to transform healthcare practices to improve patient safety through excellence in healthcare simulation.

To achieve these goals on a global scale, the association provides resources for educators, healthcare providers, researchers and even students involved with healthcare simulation. Members are able to receive additional resources through the organization’s annual conference, regional conferences, webinars and other events.

A member for more than seven years, Willhaus will work during her year as president-elect alongside Cynthia Foronda, current president, Bette Mariani, immediate past president, Jalene Bowersmith, chief executive officer and the board of directors for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning to become familiar with the workings of the organization.

The association found Willhaus an extraordinary candidate for president-elect as she currently serves as nursing coordinator for the Simulation Center at Boise State, is both a certified healthcare simulation educator and a certified healthcare simulation operations specialist, was the first simulation scholar in residence for the National League of Nursing and was a faculty member in the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s landmark simulation study.

Willhaus is set to officially take the office of president in summer of 2020.