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Janet Willhaus, PhD, RN, CHSE, CHSOS

Associate Professor and Healthcare Simulation Graduate Certificate Director

Janet Willhaus is a nurse educator and scholar with more than 16 years of simulation experience. She is certified in both simulation education (CHSE) and operations (CHSOS) and she directs the Graduate Certificate of Healthcare Simulation at Boise State. At the international level, Dr. Willhaus currently serves as the President-elect for the International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL).  She began using simulation as a teaching and training method as a US Army Reserve Nurse Corp officer in 2003 and quickly transferred that skill to teaching with simulation in nursing.  In 2018, she led the Boise State Simulation team to earn the INACSL Excellence Award as Frontline Simulation Champions. While she was coordinator, the Boise State University of Health Sciences Simulation Center earned accreditation in Research and reaccreditation in Teaching/Education from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).

Dr. Willhaus was a faculty member in the high profile National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Simulation Study. She was also an NLN Jonas Scholar and in 2011 was awarded the first ever pre-doctoral fellowship at the National League for Nursing as the Simulation Scholar in Residence. During her doctoral studies, international simulation research expert Suzan Kardong-Edgren was her mentor and dissertation chair.

Dr. Willhaus serves on the INACSL Board of Directors and has also been the INACSL Lead Conference Planner (2015), Nurse Planner (2016-2018), Poster Rounds and Professor Rounds team member (2017-present), and grant reviewer (2016- present). She is a member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Western Institute of Nursing (WIN), and the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE). She presents and publishes regularly and enjoys working on simulation education and research projects.


Contact Information

Office: NNHS 425
Phone: (208) 426-3712
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