Leslie Catron


Leslie is the Manager of the California Health Sciences University Simulation Center.  Overseeing the establishment of this new highly functional center with standardized patients, augmented reality and mannequin simulation, she collaborates in developing interactive curriculum for the college of osteopathic medicine, training new faculty in simulation, and providing guidance on assessment in simulation.  She is a member of the university provost council and interprofessional committee.  This follows ten years of simulation experience from faculty in a community college nursing program to a Clinical Education Specialist Simulation Coordinator at Valley Children's Healthcare.  In both programs, she developed and implemented sustainable interprofessional simulation programs including disaster training. Leslie has been a nurse for 45 years starting in the NICU. She obtained her M.A.ED in 2009 and a Certificate in Simulation Education in 2012.  Leslie was a Fellow in good standing with the Academy of Health Care Education Professionals 2008-2017.  She was nominated for RN of the Year in Education for the Central San Joaquin Valley in 2014.

In 2013, 2016 and 2019 she obtained her Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator with SSH.  In 2013 and 2018 she was a contributing author to “Simulation Scenarios for Nursing Educators: Making It Real” Editions 2 and 3.  She was a co-author on the white paper:  “Challenges of Implementing Healthcare Simulation in Community Colleges” presented to SSH and INACSL 2018.  Since 2013, she has served on the Clinical Simulation in Nursing Journal Editorial Board and as a manuscript reviewer.  Leslie has co-authored over 37 original scenarios, served on local, state and national simulation committees, co-founding the Central Valley Simulation Collaborative in 2009.  This year she was chosen to be a member of the SSH Certification Council Communications Subcommittee.

Since 2009 she has given multiple workshops, podium and poster presentations at international, national and local conferences.