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Kellie Dionne Bryant, DNP, WHNP, CHSE, FSSH, FAAN

Director for the NLN Center for Innovation in Education Excellence
Dr. Kellie Bryant is currently the director of the NLN Center for Innovation in Education Excellence at the National League for Nursing. Dr. Bryant has garnered expertise in her field with a teaching career spanning over two decades and 15 years of specialized simulation experience. Within her current role, she is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction, focusing on developing revenue-generating initiatives that advance teaching excellence and enhance faculty skills for contemporary learners. This includes expanding the NLN faculty development program offerings with innovative teaching and learning strategies, while also enhancing online and in-person resources, and developing new simulation and technology products through collaborations with strategic partners. In addition, she serves as a consultant for Dr. Uché Blackstock’s Advancing Health Equity. 

Dr. Bryant's research pursuits include leveraging simulation to enhance patient safety, prevent opioid overdoses, and create nursing pathway programs to inspire historically marginalized students to pursue a nursing career. Her scholarly accomplishments include the publication of over 30 articles and book chapters. Her dedication to sharing knowledge is evident in her extensive dissemination efforts, which include over 100 presentations.

In leadership and service, Dr. Bryant actively engages with numerous national and international committees. She holds the vice chair position for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s DEI committee and is a board member for the Global Simulation in Healthcare Network.  Furthermore, she is an elected board member of the International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation Learning and is a member of the editorial board of the Clinical Simulation in Nursing journal. She also serves as the second vice president of the Greater NYC Black Nurses Association.

Throughout her career, Dr. Bryant has garnered multiple accolades for her commitment to nursing education and community service. These include receiving the Nurse of the Year Awards for Community Service from the National Black Nurses Association. In 2021, she was honored with the Nurse Educator of the Year for Advanced Practice Education Excellence Award by the International Council of Nurses. Additionally, she received special recognition for her community service from House Minority Leader and Congress Member Hakeem Jeffries.

Dr. Bryant's received her Associate degree in nursing from Hudson Valley Community College. She received her Bachelor’s in Nursing and a Master’s Degree as a Women’s Health Nursing Practitioner from Stony Brook University. Additionally, she obtained her Doctorate in Nursing Education from Case Western Reserve University.

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