Simulation Leader Directory

This is a directory of individuals who have completed the Leadership Program for Simulation Educators, a year-long NLN program directed by Dr. Pamela Jeffries. Twenty individuals per year are accepted into this highly competitive program. This directory identifies their specific areas of simulation expertise and scholarship along with contact information. They are available for collaboration and consultation.

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Alfes, Celeste

Celeste Alfes

Year of Participation in Leadership Program for Simulation Educators


Education (Degree, Focus Areas, Year)

DNP 2010 Nursing Education: Case Western Reserve Univ
MSN 1989 Nursing Education: University of Akron
BSN 1987: University of Akron

Current Employer/Affiliation

Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University: Cleveland, Ohio

Assistant Professor
Director of the Learning Resource Center & Simulation
NLN Ambassador

Most Recent/Selected Simulation-related Publications/Presentations

1. Alfes, C. M. (2013). Nursing alumni as standardized patients: An untapped resource. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 9 (12), e593-e597.

2. Alfes, C. M., Manacci, C. F. (2014).Taking simulation to new heights: Designing a flight simulation center, Clinical Simulation in Nursing.

3. Alfes, C. M.; Manacci, C. F., Suzuki, S. (2014). Academic exchange promotes simulation activities in Japan, The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning.

4. Alfes, C. M., Conrad, M., Sullivan-Mann, J., Ford, C. B.,Weaver, A.(2014). The
journey of transitioning to a simulation nurse leader in Ohio. Innovations in Nursing Education by Linda Carputi, National League for Nursing, Washington, D.C.

5. Alfes, C. M., Aronson, B., Bethards, M., Chesney, T., DeLuna, R.,Newton, R., Weaver, A. (2014). NLN's simulation leaders give SIRC bibliography site a makeover. Nursing Education Perspectives.

Other Accomplishments

Partnering with Flight Nursing Faculty at CWRU to develop the first fully articulating flight simulator adapting a Sikorsky S76 helicopter for training Acute Care Nurse Practitioners in Flight Nursing.

Alfes, C. M. (2013). Standardized patient versus role play strategies: A comparative study measuring patient-centered care and safety in psychiatric mental health nursing.National League for Nursing Education Research Grant: Joyce Griffin-Sobel Grant Recipient, June 14, 2013, $20,000.00 through 12/31/2014.

Availability for Consulation or Collaboration

International Simulation Consultation: Aichi Medical University: School of Nursing: Nagoya, Japan 2012-Present

Contact Information

Celeste M. Alfes DNP, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor
Director, Learning Resource Center
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-4904
Office: 216.368.4812
Fax: 216.368.3542
LRC Website:
Faculty Website:

Aronson, Barbara

Barbara Aronson 

Year of participation in Leadership Program for Simulation Educators


Education (Degree, Focus areas, Year)

Hartford Hospital School of Nursing 1976 Diploma
Saint Joseph College-Magna Cum Laude 1991 BSN
University of Hartford (4.0 GPA) 1993 MSN
University of Massachusetts 2005 Ph.D. (Nursing)

Current Employer/Affiliation

Barbara Aronson Ph.D., RN, CNE
Coordinator, Ed.D. in Nursing Education
Department of Nursing
Southern Connecticut State University
(203) 392-6496

Most Recent/Selected Simulation-related Publications/Presentations

Competency Assessment in Simulated Response to Rescue Events- Co-presenters: Barbara Glynn and Timothy Squires
Oral presentation- American Association of Colleges of Nursing Baccalaureate Education Conference (2010)
Oral presentation-14th Annual Evidence Based Practice Conference (2010)
Poster presentation Drexel University Nursing Education Institute (2011)
Poster presentation National League for Nursing Summit. (2011)
Oral presentation- Mu Beta Research Day (2011)

Take Your Simulation Teaching and Learning to a Higher Level: Competency Assessment Using Simulation
Co-presenters Barbara Glynn and Timothy Squires
Oral Presentation Three Rivers Community College (2010)
Workshops (two) Southern Connecticut State University (2011)

Enhancing Student Learning Through a Failure-to-Rescue Simulation Scenario Utilizing a Role Modeling Intervention
Co-presenters Barbara Glynn and Timothy Squires
Poster presentation ATI Education Summit (2014)

Aronson, B. Glynn, B. & Squires, T. (2012) Competency assessment in simulated response to rescue events. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 8 (7), e289-e295.

Aronson, B. Glynn, B. & Squires, T. (2013).Effectiveness of a Role-Modeling Intervention on student nurse simulation competency Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 9(4), e121-e126.

Other Accomplishments

Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing 2008
Connecticut Research Alliance: Excellence in Research Award 2010
National League for Nursing's Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators 2011
Connecticut Nurses Association Diamond Jubilee Awards
Virginia Henderson Award For Excellence in
Nursing Research 2012
Hartford Hospital Nursing: Alumnae Spotlight Autumn 2013
Clinical Simulation in Nursing, Research Article of the Year

Grant Activity
International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning Debra Spunt Mini-Grant Award "The Effects of a Deliberate Practice Debriefing Model during a Response to Rescue High Fidelity Patient Simulation" Grant funded 11/13

Kwantlen University College Science & Technology Research Grants Program "The Effects of Deliberate Practice Model During a Response to Rescue High Fidelity Patient (HFPS) Simulation” Grant funded 2/14

Development and Psychometric Testing of a Simulation Competency Evaluation Tool
Principle Investigator: B. Aronson
Co-investigators B. Glynn and T. Squires 2008-2010

Assessing the Effect of a Role-Modeling Intervention on Student Nurse Simulation Competency
Co-applicant: Barbara Glynn
Funded by a SCSU Creative Activity Award program May, 2011

AHQR Advances in Patient Safety through Simulation Research
A Model in Simulation Training for Response-to-Rescue Events Grant submitted fall 2013

Availability for Consultation or Collaboration

grant writing
writing for publication
instrument development
doctoral education for academic nurse educators

Contact Information

Averette, Mitzi

Mitzi Averette

Year of Participation in Leadership Program for Simulation Educators


Education (Degree, Focus Areas, Year)

2015 MSN - Leadership, Grand Canyon University
1997 BSN - Medical College of Georgia

Current Employer/Affiliation

Mitzi Averette, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Lecturer, Online BS-RN Program
Clinical/Simulation Faculty
Wilmington, NC

NLN Simulation Nurse Educator

Most Recent/Selected Simulation-related Publications/Presentations

Wilhaus, J., Averette, M., Gates, M., Jackson, J., Windnagel, S., (2014) Proactive Policy Planning for Unexpected Student Distress During Simulation, Nurse Educator, Vol. 39, No. 5, pp. 232-235.

2015 (Nov) Pre-Briefing: Setting the Stage for Optimal Learning. WellStar Simulation Summit, Atlanta, GA

2015 (June) Responding to Student Distress in Simulation - Do You Have a Policy? International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning Conference, Atlanta, GA.

2015 (June) Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator Prep Course - North Carolina Nurses Association and Southeastern Regional Area Health Education Center Workshop. Raleigh, NC

2015 (Mar) When Sim Goes Wrong - You Bought the Manikin, Now What - Best Practices in Advanced Simulation Conference, Greensboro, NC.

2014 (Oct) Faculty Development: Debriefing - North Carolina Nurses Association Simulation Council Meeting, Wilmington, NC

2014 (Oct) Simulation Resources - Networking, Best Practice Guidelines, Certification - North Carolina Community College System Conference, Raleigh, NC.

2014 (April) The Art & Science of Debriefing - Laerdal Simulation User Network Conference, San Diego, CA.

2014 (Mar) The Importance of Debriefing - 5th Annual "You Bought the Manikin, Now What?” Conference, Greensboro, NC.

2013 (Nov) Developing Leaders in Simulation Education - Sigma Theta Tau International Biennial Convention, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Other Accomplishments


2014 Excellence in Teaching Award
Associate Degree Programs
Fayetteville Technical Community College


2014 North Carolina Nurses Association
District 15 Education Scholarship ($1,500)

2013 Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation
Edith Anderson Leadership Grant ($750)

2013 North Carolina Nurses Assoc. - Sim Council
Special Projects Grant ($1,850)
Educational/Marketing materials - Sim Council

2012 NC Community College System- Perkins Grant
Faculty Development: Debriefing ($24,000)
Fayetteville Technical Community College

Availability for Consulation or Collaboration

Faculty Development

Contact Information

Mitzi Averette, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE