Debra L. Spunt, DNP, RN, FAAN, was an assistant professor and director of the clinical simulation labs at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She died of cancer at age 50.
She was a pioneer in clinical simulation in nursing. Her expertise for integrating the use of clinical simulation into the educational curriculum garnered worldwide recognition for Dr Spunt. The simulation lab at the University of Maryland was twice named a Center of Excellence in Simulation Education by Laerdal Medical.
As an innovator in simulation learning, Spunt participated in the landmark 2003 National League for Nursing/Laerdal study, Designing and Implementing Models for the Innovative Use of Simulation to Teach Nursing Care of Ill Adults and Children: A National, Multi-Site, Multi-Method Study. She was co-founder of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and served as its first president. She received many honors and awards throughout her life, including induction as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.