George Brown simulation technologist Barry Robinson first in Canada to be awarded advanced healthcare simulation credential

Barry Robinson, Simulation Technologist at GBC, is the first Canadian to earn the international Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist-Advanced (CHSOS-A) credential. It was awarded by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), a non-profit organization that trains nurses, practical nurses and personal support workers in simulation centres across the globe.

Barry Robinson stands in GBC's Simulation Centre.

Not only is Robinson the first in Canada to earn this newly-created credential, but he is among just 34 individuals from 7 countries who have received it since certifications began in March 2021: Brazil, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Healthcare simulation is used to train healthcare professionals in scenarios they might encounter on the job. Simulations are conducted in a mock hospital suite, with functioning medical equipment and monitors, and mannequins sitting in as patients.

Robinson manages the technology in GBC’s Simulation Centre, including audio and visual controls, mannequin maintenance, and setting up the training scenarios.

“It is a tremendous accomplishment, and we are impressed with Barry’s dedication, creativity, and leadership excellence in healthcare simulation,” said Dr. Wendy Ellis, Academic Director, Nursing Degree and Specialty Programs, Sally Horsfall Eaton School of Nursing, George Brown College.

Robinson began working at George Brown as a simulation technologist in 2014. He has a background in military medicine, working as a medic with a field ambulance in Toronto.

To receive the credential, Robinson submitted a portfolio that demonstrated his advanced performance as an operations specialist. He also wrote an exam that tested his knowledge.

Robinson said that although he’s proud of receiving the credential, applying for it helped him take stock of his career.

“It’s important to me to go through all the work I’ve done here,” he said. “It helps you take a look at your accomplishments.”