Simulation Education Certificate Faculty, Bryan College of Health Sciences

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Simulation Education Certificate Faculty

The Simulation Education Graduate Certificate program is taught by experts in the field of patient simulation. The faculty have years of experience, typically learning how to integrate simulation into the curriculum before there were journals, listservs, and research to assist in the process! Faculty have served on the Board of Directors for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, as well as held leadership positions in other simulation projects. Dr. Nicole Harder of Manitoba, Canada, and Dr. Barbara Sittner of Lincoln, Nebraska, are nurse educators who are actively involved with the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning organization and active in simulation scholarship (publications, presentation, research).

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Barb Sittner,
PhD, RN,
APRN-CNS, ANEF

Professor of Nursing
402-481-8846


Dr. Sittner is the Simulation Center Director at Bryan College of Health Sciences where she is directly involved in strategic planning and implementation of best practices in simulation for the College and Bryan Health initiatives for the Hospital, Nurse Residency Program, and Rural Hospital Outreach. 

She has utilized evidence-based practice guidelines (EBP) and standards to design, implement, and evaluate outcomes of simulation as a teaching strategy. She has published simulation research studies; developed scenarios for publication; led faculty workshops; mentored nurse educators nationally and internationally on the use of simulation as a teaching strategy. She has been faculty advisory and taught in the Simulation Education Certificate Program at the college since 2012.

Dr. Sittner has served on the Clinical Simulation in Nursing journal’s Editorial Board and is peer reviewer for nursing and medical journals.  As the Chair of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning (INACSL) Standards Committee, she led international, interdisciplinary teams of simulation experts to revise the 2013 INACSL Standards of Best Practice:  SimulationSM and collaborated with experts to develop the Operations Standard.

She is a member of the Society for Simulation (SSH) in Healthcare’s Acccreditation Council Subcommittee and an Associate Editor for the Healthcare Simulation DictionaryTM that is published on SSH and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) websites.

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Nicole Harder,
PhD, RN


Dr. Harder received her baccalaureate nursing degree in 1996 from the University of Manitoba, a Masters of Public Administration in 2002 from the University of Winnipeg, and her PhD in Nursing from the University of Alberta in 2011.  Nicole has been with the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Nursing since 2000, and is also an adjunct faculty member with Bryan College of Health Sciences teaching in the graduate Simulation Certificate Program. Nicole was on the Board of Directors for the International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation & Nursing (INACSL) from 2010-2012, and again 2015-2018.  She has provided many education sessions, presentations, and keynote presentations on simulation in nursing education throughout the world.  Her practice background has been as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner with the Canadian Military as well as several years working in the Canadian high Arctic in remote health centers.  Nicole is the current Editor-in-Chief for the peer reviewed journal Clinical Simulation in Nursing.

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