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

Barbara Sittner

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Previous Education:

  • PhD, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • MSN, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • BSN, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Diploma, Bryan Memorial School of Nursing


Dr. Barbara Sittner is the Helen Weber Distinguished Professor of Nursing Education at Bryan College of Health Sciences. For over a decade, she has been involved with the integration of simulation into nursing curriculum in undergraduate and graduate programs. Dr. Sittner 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 and coordinates and teaches an international online graduate simulation certificate program. Dr. Sittner's scholarship focuses on utilizing simulation as a teaching strategy to improve learning and patient care outcomes. Currently, she is the primary investigator for an obstetrical high-risk simulation study with critical access hospital nurses.

Dr. Sittner serves as Chair of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning (INACSL) Standards Committee. In this role, she led interdisciplinary teams of simulation experts to revise the 2013 INACSL Standards of Best Practice: SimulationSM that were published December 2016. Dr. Sittner is an associate editor for the 2016 Healthcare Simulation DictionaryTM. She has served on the Clinical Simulation in Nursing Journal Editorial Board and is a peer reviewer for nursing and medical journals.

Notable Publications Authored/Co-author:

1) Sittner, B. (in press). Obstetric simulation. In Simulation exemplars in nursing practice & clinical specialties. In C. Foisy-Doll & K. Leighton (Eds.) Simulation Champions: Courage, Caring, and Connection. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.

2) Lopreiato, J. O. (Ed.), Downing, D., Gammon, W., Lioce, L., Sittner, B., Slot, V., Spain, A. E. (Associate Eds.), and the Terminology & Concepts Working Group. (2016). Healthcare Simulation DictionaryTM. Retrieved from

3) Rutherford-Hemming, T., Lioce, L., Kardong-Edgren, S. S., Jeffries, P. R., & Sittner, B. (2016). After the national council of state boards of nursing simulation study: Recommendations and next steps. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 12(1), 2-7.

4) Sittner, B.J., Aebersold, M.L., Paige, J.B., Graham, L.L.M., Schram Parsons, A., Decker, S.I., & Lioce, L. (2015). INACSL Standards of best practice for simulation: Past, present, and future. Nursing Education Perspectives, 36(5), 294-298.

5) Wilhelm, S. & Sittner, B. (Concept Contributor) (2014). Concept 23: Reproduction. In North Carolina Concept-Based Learning Editorial Board, Nursing: A concept-based approach to learning (2nd ed.). Boston: Pearson.

6) Groom, J., Henderson, & Sittner, B. (2014). NLN/Jeffries Simulation
Framework State of the Science Project: Simulation Design Characteristics. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 10(7), 337-344.

7) Sittner, B., Hertzog, M., & Ofe Fleck. (2013). Enhancing labor and delivery learning experiences through simulation. Clinical Simulation in Nursing 9l(11), e521-e530.

8) Sittner, B. (2012). Umbilical Cord Prolapse scenario. In Simulation in Nursing Education - Obstetric scenarios. Retrieved from

9) Sittner, B. (2012). Preparation for C-section due to Umbilical Cord Prolapse Scenario. In Simulation in Nursing Education - Obstetric scenarios. Retrieved from

10) Sittner, B., Schmaderer, M., Zimmerman, L., Hertzog, M. & George, B. (2009). Rapid response team: Simulated training for enhancing patient safety (STEPS). Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 5(3), e119-e127.

11) Palmer, D.G. Sittner, B., J., & Bakewell-Sachs, S. (2009). Complex clinical case studies in perinatal and neonatal care. Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing 23(2),101.

12) Sittner, B., J., & Bakewell-Sachs, S. (2007). Breastfeeding Issue. Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing 21(3), 179-180.

13) Sittner, B., Hudson, D., & DeFrain (2007). Using the concept of family strengths to enhance nursing care. The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing (MCN), 32(6), 353-357.

14) Schoening, A., Sittner, B., & Todd, M. (2006). Simulated clinical experience: nursing students' perceptions and the educators' role. Nurse Educator, 31(6), 253-258.

15) Sittner, B. (2006). Media Review: A Doula Story. Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing, 20 (4), 349.

16) Sittner, B., DeFrain, J., & Hudson, D. (2005). Effects of high-risk pregnancies on families. The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing (MCN), 30(2), 121-126.

17) Sittner, B., Hudson, D.B., Grossman, C.C., & Gaston-Johansson, F. (1998). Adolescents' perception of pain during labor. Clinical Nursing Research 7(1), 82-93.


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