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NLN Award for Excellence in Nursing Education Research
Suzan Kardon-Edgren, PhD, RN, CHSE, ANEF
Suzan Kardong-Edgren is an internationally known thought leader and sought after speaker in simulation. In 2010 she delivered the Debra Spunt Lecture at the League's annual Nursing Education Summit. Dr. Kardong-Edgren serves as a consultant to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing on the landmark National Simulation Study, one of the largest nursing education studies ever undertaken. She also is a co-investigator on the high stakes testing project for the NLN.
One of two nurses chosen to attend a 2011 think tank, Dr. Kardong-Edgren worked with 18 international experts to determine the top five priorities to increase patient safety using simulation. She has been working with the American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical Corporation to conduct CPR and ACLS research for the past four years. She was the first nurse to chair the Research Committee for the Society of Simulation in Healthcare, an inter-professional international simulation society. She publishes regularly and is the editor-in-chief of Clinical Simulation in Nursing. Dr. Edgren was recently inducted as a fellow in the National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education.
Dr. Pam Springer, associate dean of the College of Health Sciences and director of the School of Nursing at Boise State, who nominated Dr. Kardong-Edgren, further noted that Dr. Kardong-Edgren "…is one of the few nurse educators who has received consistent external funding for educational research and had been 85 percent funded for five continuous years….Her research is literally helping to establish the evidence base for simulation as a pedagogy….Dr. Kardong-Edgren was instrumental in the development of the first interprofessional education task force to begin IPE at Washington State University."
Dr. Kardong-Edgren received her BSN from the University of Nevada-Reno; her MS in nursing from Texas Woman's University in Dallas; and her doctorate in health studies from Texas Woman's University in Denton. She has held teaching positions at the University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Washington State University.
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