Award Recipients

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President's Award

Dr. Leann Horsley, PhD, RN, CHSE, CNE
South Dakota State University College of Nursing

Dr. Leann Horsley is the Interim Associate Dean for Academic Programs at South Dakota State University and Vice President for Programs at INACSL.  She has been a registered nurse for 30+ years and remains a lifelong learner.  She is an experienced leader who models collaborative practice, embraces change, and builds academic/practice partnerships as well as strong teams.  Dr. Horsley is an accomplished scholar with over 90 publications, presentations, and grant work related to nursing education and clinical practice; interprofessional education and collaborative practice; and advancing the science of healthcare simulation.


Leslie Graham



Spirit of Simulation

Dr. Suzanne Hetzel Campbell, PhD, RN, IBCLC, CCSNE
The University of British Columbia

Dr. Suzanne Hetzel Campbell [Ph.D. University of Rhode Island, MSN/BSN University of Connecticut, RN-(US-CT & WA, & Canada-BC), IBCLC, WHNP (CT), CCSNE] is Associate Professor (present) and previous Director of the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia (2012-2017), Vancouver, Canada. Her program of research focuses on the use of innovative teaching methods to transform interprofessional health student learning and clinical practice by incorporating technical and non-technical skills such as communication, therapeutic relationship, leadership and team-building in her simulation research. With clinical expertise in obstetrics, lactation, and women's health, her blended program of scholarly activity includes areas of significant impact for nursing and the health care profession globally in both lactation and simulation, specifically around the provision of intimate care during pregnancy, delivery, and lactation. Co-editor and author of award winning texts in simulation and lactation, articles in nursing, education, lactation, and innovative teaching, she enjoys teaching, research and practice as well as leading workshops for faculty and students in these areas.


Beth Latimer


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity in Simulation

Dr. Desiree A. Diaz, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, CHSE-A, ANEF, FAAN
University of Central Florida

Simulation applications in the underserved such as: Limited English Proficient Patients (LEP), incarcerated, and transgender populations is the anchor of my research. I completed a simulation research post-doc with Dr. Pamela Jeffries at Johns Hopkins University which had a core foundation in caring and empathy within this community. As an Ethnic Minority Scholar and Healthcare Leadership Fellow, I earned my PhD in Nursing with a focus on simulation and LEP Patients. My current research activities include creating, testing and implementing best practices in different types of simulation to explore and potentially decrease healthcare disparities. Cultural awareness and linguistically competent care are hallmarks of my teaching, scholarship, and practice—a true commitment to diversity​.


Oversight Committee


Frontline Simulation Champion Excellence Award

Duke University School of Nursing Center of Nursing Discovery

Nicole Petsas Blodgett, PhD, RN, CHSE

Director (July 2020- present)

Margory Molloy, DNP, RN, CHSE

Director (2008- July 2020)

Michele L. Kuszajewski, DNP, RN, CHSE

Assistant Director

Jaqueline Vaughn, PhD, RN, CHSE

Postdoctoral Fellow

Danett Cantey, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE

Clinical Nurse Educator

Dana Convoy, MSN, RN, CEN

Clinical Instructor

Jamie Mancuso, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC

Clinical Instructor

Raymond Brisson III, CHSOS

Technical Operations Coordinator

Tiffiany Parker

Simulation Technology Specialist

NaShonda Thomas, RMA

Staff Assistant


The Center for Nursing Discovery (CND) is a SSH-accredited simulation center at Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON). We offer a safe, supportive, and learner-centered environment for over 15,000 annual student visits. Our team is comprised of faculty and staff who excel at teaching and logistics across 3 academic programs [Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs]. The CND is actively involved in the dissemination of simulation scholarship through publications and presentations that reach both national and international audiences. From 2017-2021, the CND helped produce: 18 publications (2 more under review), 4 invited presentations, and 17 peer reviewed presentations. For more information, please visit our website.


Patricia Prieto


Excellence in Academia

Dr. Erin Killingsworth, PhD, RN, CNE
Baylor University

Erin Killingsworth, PhD, RN, CNE is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Louise Herrington School of Nursing at Baylor University in Dallas, TX. She has been a nurse educator for over 10 years and has taught prelicensure, master’s, and doctoral nursing students. Dr. Killingworth’s scholarly work focuses on student and program evaluation, instrument development and validation, and simulation-based learning experiences.


Margaret Verkuyl


Excellence in Research

Dr. Sandra Goldsworthy, PhD, RN, CCNC(C), CMSN(C), CCSNE
Nipissing University

Dr. Sandra Goldsworthy is a nurse education leader who is recognized as a simulation and critical care expert, researcher, and author. She has won numerous awards and has 10 books as well as multiple publications to her credit. Sandra holds three national certifications: Canadian Nurses Association credentials in Critical Care and Medical Surgical Nursing as well as CASN Canadian Certified Nurse Simulation Educator credential (CCNSE). In addition, she held a Research Professorship in Simulation from 2015-2019. Dr. Goldsworthy is passionate about improving patient safety and provider preparation through simulation. Her international and national research program focuses on the impact of simulation in building competence in recognition and response to the deteriorating patient, reduction of medication errors and improving health team communication competencies through interprofessional simulation education.Dr. Goldsworthy’s is currently a Teaching Chair of Online and Virtual Experiences and Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at Nipissing University.


Jean-Christophe Servotte


Excellence in Service

Nova Southeastern University Assaf College of Nursing

Teresa has been involved in simulation and INACSL since 2007.  She has dedicated her academic and service career to the best practices and operationalizing best practices for simulation.  As part of contribution to the simulation community, she has been an invited speaker nationally and internationally and involved in the initial INACSL Standards of Best Practice: Simulation in 2011.


Leslie Graham

Research Article

Dr. Aaron W. Calhoun, MD, FSSH
University of Louisville/Norton

Dr. Aaron Calhoun is a tenured professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Louisville and an attending physician in the "Just for Kids" Critical Care Center at Norton Children’s Hospital. He received his MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2001, completed his general pediatrics residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital/Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 2004, and completed his pediatric critical care fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Boston/Harvard School of Medicine in 2007.  He is the associate chief of pediatric critical care medicine and is the founding director and senior advisor of the Simulation for Pediatric Assessment, Resuscitation and Communication (SPARC) program at Norton Children’s Hospital. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) and chairs the International Network for Simulation-based Pediatric Innovation, Research, and Education (INSPIRE). Dr. Calhoun also serves as an associate editor for Simulation in Healthcare. In 2017, Dr. Calhoun was inducted into the SSH Fellows Academy.


Leslie Graham

Non-research Article

Dr. Robyn Cant, PhD
Federation University

Lead author Robyn Cant has a background in health services research and has been a member of various Australian university nursing research teams since 2010. A key focus includes studies of simulation-based education in undergraduate nursing students and qualified nurses. Team publications relate to research grants at state and national levels, around laboratory based and/or virtual simulation formats. An indication of  research outputs can be seen at Robyn’s ORCID ID: 0000-0001-5430-3275  The authors of this award-winning paper (Robyn Cant, Simon Cooper and Louisa Lam) are thrilled to be awarded this citation.


Leslie Graham

Debra Spunt Grant Awardees

  • Denise Campbell DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC, CEN. CHSE
    University of Michigan - Flint
    Medication Administration: Obtaining mastery using virtual simulation
  • Laura Skoronski Chavez, PhD, RN
    Wilkes University
    From NCLEX to Patient Care: Vital Assessment Linksp
  • Ginger Schroers, MS, RNC-MNN, CNE
    Loyola University
    Realistic Interruptions during Simulated Medication Administration: An Examination of Errors and Interruption Management Strategies


Clinical Simulation in Nursing 2019 Research Article of the Year

Nancy Sullivan, Sandra M. Swoboda, Tonya Breymier, Laura Lucas, Janice Sarasnick, Tonya Rutherford-Hemming, Chakra Budhathoki, Suzan (Suzie) Kardong-Edgren
“Emerging Evidence Toward a 2:1 Clinical to Simulation Ratio: A Study Comparing the Traditional Clinical and Simulation Settings” 


Clinical Simulation in Nursing 2019 Non-Research Article of the Year

Jane Tyerman, Marian Luctkar-Flude, Leslie Graham, Sue Coffey, Ellen Olsen-Lynch
“A Systematic Review of Health Care Presimulation Preparation and Briefing Effectiveness”


Anthony Battaglia Conference Scholarship Recipients

  • Wendy Buchanan
  • Brooke Metiva
  • Sandra Peterson
  • Jenny Heins
  • Maria D'Errico
  • Stacia Donaldson
  • Kay Gregorio
  • Jenny McCormick
  • Angela Turner


Poster Winners

People's Choice Award

Tiffany Zyniewicz PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, Tonya Breymier, PhD, RN, CNE, COI & Nancy Sullivan, DNP, RN  
Simulation to clinical replacement ratios: an evaluation of the research

Outstanding Non-Research Posters

  • Alex Arno, BSN, RN; Christopher O. Fry, BSN, RN; Christopher Rogge, BSN, RN; Dhruthi Patel, BSN, RN & Virginia "Chris" Muckler, DNP, CRNA, CHSE-A
    High-fidelity simulation for reentry to practice: Increasing safety and ease for CRNAs undergoing high stakes assessment
  • Brenda Helmer, DNP, APRN-CNS, PHCNS-BC & Beth Hall, PhD, RN
    Health Assessment Simulation without the simulation lab
  • Margory Molloy, DNP, RN, CNE, CHSE; Margaret Bowers, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CHSE, A.A.C.C., FAANP, FAAN; Remi Hueckel, DNP, CPNP-AC, CHSE, FAANP & Amy Pastva, PhD, PT, CHSE  "Where's the closest AED?":
    An interprofessional simulation to improve the "drop to shock" interval on campus    
  • Katherine Schafer, MSN, APRN, PCNS-BC, CNL, CCRN, CHSE & Lynette Richter, DNP, RN, CNL, CCRN-K, CHSE
    Implementation of a simulation-based pediatric clinical series for pre-licensure graduate nursing students
  • Peggy Ann Urusuy, PhD, RN, PPCNP-BC; Melissa A. Bathish, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC & Deborah Price, DNP, RN
    Leveling up: A multi-environment, multi patient, simulation quality improvement project

Outstanding Research Posters

  • Deniz Dishman PhD, DNAP, MSN, CRNA, CHSE
    Adaptation and validation of the Situation Awareness Global Assessment Technique (SAGAT) for Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists (SRNAs)
  • Cynthia Foronda, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF; Susana Barroso Fernandez, PhD, RN; Vicky J.-H. Yeh, PhD, RN; Karina Gattamorta, PhD & Eric B. Bauman, PhD FSSH RN
    A rubric to measure nurse-to-physician ISBAR communication
  • Tiffany Zyniewicz PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, Tonya Breymier, PhD, RN, CNE, COI & Nancy Sullivan, DNP, RN
    Simulation to clinical replacement ratios: an evaluation of the research

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