Award Recipients

Hayden Vanguard Lectureship

Bradley Chesham, MSN, PGC, RN, ICU, ALS-I

For his work in creating the nursing education company, Bundle of Rays. Bundle of Rays delivers education focusing on core anatomical and clinical skills training for nurses. They use both virtual and augmented reality to provide a unique learning experience and link curriculum with simulation technology.

Bradley is a registered nurse and entrepreneur who had dedicated himself to the development of nursing education. He worked mainly in intensive care units, and has worked in each inhabited continent of the world. He has deployed his expertise in many different environments, notably working alongside the United Nations and World Health Organization during the liberation in Iraq. His innovative work with Bundle of Rays is the first in Australia to use virtual and augmented technologies in nursing education.

Bradley Chesham


Spirit of Leadership

Penni Watts, Ph.D., CHSEA

For her dedication to spreading the knowledge and practices of simulation.

Dr. Watts is a well-recognized leader in the simulation community. Her passion takes her across country borders to work in nursing schools in Zambia, Brazil, Jamaica, and Turkey. She has made many contributions to the community, notably the development of educational modules for the World Health Organization.

Penni Watts


Frontline Champion

Syretta Spears, MA, CHSOS
University of Central Florida College of Nursing

For her innovation in the improving the practices of the Simulation, Technology, Innovation, and Training Center at her university.

Syretta Spears is a forward-thinker who consistently provides creative solutions to improve how her department functions. She initiated the program Simstations4Life, which connects nursing students with senior citizen who are interested in simulation. It has had a monumental impact on the university, the students, and the senior citizen participants.

Syretta Spears


Excellence in Academia

Carrie Eaton, Ph.D., MSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, CHSE
UConn School of Nursing

For her ACCOMPLISHMENTS unique ability to engage and connect with students.

Dr. Eaton has worked to develop an OB simulation program at St. Francis Hospital, participated in the NLN Simulation Leadership Program, and completed the Drexel University Certificate in Simulation. She was recently named one of only ten nurses chosen for the 2019-2020 AWHONN Emerging Leaders Program.

Carrie Eaton


Excellence in Research

Mary Ann Shinnick, Ph.D.
UCLA School of Nursing

For her research of the use of eye-tracking technology in simulation to learn ways to better educate nurses and to develop an assessment tool for both simulation and the clinical setting.

Dr. Shinnick serves on the state and national simulation research committees, chairs the Debra Spunt Grant awards committee, and serves as a research mentor in the INACSL Research Fellowship. Her research consistently makes significant contributions to patient safety as she strives to advance the science of simulation healthcare.

Mary Ann Shinnick


Michelle Aebersold, Ph.D., RN, CHSE, FAAN
University of Michigan School of Nursing

For being a pioneer of simulation research in nursing education.

Dr. Aebersold connects virtual simulated environments to practice in ways that improve teamwork, communication, and prioritization. She is not only contributing to the development of simulation research, but also equipping others to do so. She has proven to be an invaluable mentor for both students and faculty.

Michelle Aebersold


Excellence in Service

Susan Prion, Ph.D.
University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions

For her dedication to furthering the goals of INACSL and for the various positions in which she serves.

Dr. Prion has contributed as a co-author of the Making Sense of Methods and Measurement column for Clinical Simulation in Nursing since 2012. She is a member of the INACSL Research Committee and is the Co-Coordinator of the Instrument Research Repository. She also serves as the lead mentor for the 2018-2019 INACSL Research Fellowship assisting both her mentee and the mentorship program as a whole.

Susan Prion


Debra Spunt Grant Awardees

  • Heidi DiGregorio, MSN, APRN, PCNS-BC, CHSE, CNE
    University of Delaware
    Organizational Skill Development Using Simultaneous Multiple Patient Simulation
  • Katie McDermott, RN, MSN, CPNP-AC
    Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
    Critical Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner As Rapid Response Team Leader: Using Simulation-Based Education to Close a Cultural Gap
  • Jennifer Ross, PhD, RN, CNE
    Villanova University
    The Use of Standardized Participants as Healthcare Providers in a Curricular Integration of TeamSTEPPS Training into an Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum


Clinical Simulation in Nursing 2018 Research Article of the Year

Ann Butt, Suzan Kardong-Edgren, Anthony Ellerstson
“Using Game-Based Virtual Reality with Haptics for Skill Acquisition”
Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 16, 25-32.


Clinical Simulation in Nursing 2018 Non-Research Article of the Year

Sufia Turner, Nicole Harder
“Psychological Safe Environment: A Concept Analysis”
Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 18, 47-55


Anthony Battaglia Conference Scholarship Recipients

Keri Cochran

Christine Cook

Rivka Guttman

Elizabeth Hodges

Carrie O’Reilly


Poster Winners


       1st Place

  • Lead Author - Charlotte Elise Thompson, RN, PhD

  • Co-Author   -  Stephanie Turrice, PhD, RN-BC, APRN, CNE, CHFN-K

  • Co-Author   - Martha Hepler, MSN, RN, CHSE

          "Virtual simulation versus traditional case studies: Comparing satisfaction and critical thinking in an accelerated online RN-BSN Pathophysiology-Pharmacology course"

        2nd Place

  • Lead Author - Denise Campbell, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CEN, CHSE

  • Co-Author   -  Suzanne M. Lugger, DNP, RN, FNP-BC

  • Co-Author   - Carmen L. Turkelson, DNP, MSN, RN, CCRN, CHSE

          "Using simulation to increase awareness, sensitivity, understanding, and empathy for Alzheimer's dementia patients"

Operations / Industry

           1st Place

  • Lead Author - Samantha Keck, MS, RN, CHSE

  • Co-Author   -  Crystal Bowman, PhD (c),  RN, MSN-Ed., CHSE, CNE

  • Co-Author   - Deborah S. Long, MSN, RN, 

          "Best practices and lessons learned: Designing and implementing data collection strategies across multiple sites"


           1st Place

  • Lead Author -J. Alex Thompson, MSN, M. Ed., RN, CNE - DNP student

  • Co-Author   -  Laurie J. Posey, EdD 

  • Co-Author   - Dana D. Hines, PhD, RN, 

          "Improving nursing students' attitudes and beliefs about transgender clients through the use of simulated clinical experiences"

People's Choice

  • Danett S. Cantey, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE
  • Margory A. Molloy, DNP, RN, CNE, CHE

          "Student-developed simulations: An interactive teaching and learning strategy to enhance cultural awareness and understanding of social determinants of health"

        Past Award Recipients