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Crystal Murillo is currently an Assistant Professor and the Director of Simulation at the University of South Carolina College of Nursing. She also serves as adjunct faculty for the Harvard Center for Medical Simulation. Dr. Murillo’s primary area of impact is using simulation to achieve health equity, particularly as a conduit to prepare nursing faculty and students to view themselves as social justice advocates for health equity. Dr. Murillo is a founding member and current President of the South Carolina Nursing Education Simulation Alliance; and a Director within the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning’s Board of Directors. She has served and held leadership roles in the Society for Simulation in Healthcare as an international accreditation site reviewer, among others. As a result of her efforts focusing on the use of simulation to achieve health equity, Dr. Murillo was invited to speak at the National Academy of Medicine’s Vital Directions forum and awarded the Congressman James E. Clyburn Health Equity award.

Dr. Murillo holds a PhD and MS in Nursing Education from the Medical University of South Carolina, a BSN from the University of South Carolina, and an ADN and AAS from Florence-Darlington Technical College.


Crystal Murillo


Assistant Dean of Clinical Simulation and Assistant Professor

University of South Carolina

South Carolina

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