Baldwin’s legacy honored in new simulation center

SimCenter BoeseLocated in the School of Nursing, the new Center for Simulation Innovation (CSI), as it is officially named, continues to evolve under the leadership of nationally recognized simulation expert Teresa Anne Boese, M.S.N., RN, who joined the faculty this past fall.

“We are so fortunate to have Ms. Boese on our faculty,” said Eileen T. Breslin, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing. “As an early promoter of simulation training, she helped write the international standards for simulated education. She has a keen grasp of how to use simulation for nursing education, certification and continuing education.”

Ruth Ann BaldwinThe Center for Simulation Innovation (CSI) provides far more realistic clinical training than could have been offered just a little more than a decade ago when Ruth Ann Baldwin, RN, M.S.N., retired from teaching clinical skills. Known for having high expectations, Baldwin also was a School of Nursing alumna, earning her bachelor’s degree in 1979 and master’s degree in 1985. She is pictured here as a master’s graduate.

Boese follows in the footsteps of many outstanding faculty, including the late Ruth Ann Baldwin who taught clinical skills in the School of Nursing for 15 years, retiring in 2001.

Colleagues remembered Baldwin, who also was an alumna of the School of Nursing, as dedicated to helping her students achieve the highest standards in clinical skills. Teaching and nursing were life, they said.

Last year, Baldwin’s husband, retired Air Force Capt. Gary Baldwin, established a generous endowment in the School of Nursing for student scholarships and for the new CSI. The Ruth Ann Baldwin Control Center in the simulation center is named in her honor.

Ruth Ann Baldwin Control Room

Standing by the Ruth Ann Baldwin Control Room in the School of Nursing’s Center for Simulation Innovation (CSI) are Ruth Ann Baldwin’s daughter, Jo Ann Becher, and her husband, Gary Baldwin.

To support the CSI and other programs in the School of Nursing, visit or contact Gwen Notestine, director of development in the School of Nursing, at 210-567-5313.

Click here to see how the simulation center works.


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