Suzan “Suzie” Kardong-Edgren, PhD, RN

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Associate Professor
Health Professions Education

Suzan (Suzie) Kardong-Edgren PhD, RN, ANEF, CHSE, FSSH, FAAN is an internationally known speaker, consultant, and educational researcher with over 120 publications. Dr. Edgren was a consultant on the landmark National Council of Nursing National Simulation Study that determined that up to 50% of traditional clinical could be replaced with high quality simulation and will reprise that role again in the National Council Simulation Study 2.0. 

Dr. Edgren served as the Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Simulation in Nursing for 10 years; and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of 2 new interactive online review guides for those seeking certification in the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. She was awarded the National League for Nursing Debby Spunt Lectureship and the Michael Gordon Lectureship in Simulation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Dr. Edgren served as chair of the Research Committee for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and the Vice President of Research for the INACSL.  She is a Fellow in the Society of Simulation in Healthcare, the Academy of Nursing Education Fellows, and the American Academy of Nursing.  

Dr. Edgren is the President-elect of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation in Nursing and an Associate Professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston. 

Research Interests

  • Simulation to improve health professions education and outcomes
  • Use of technology to improve education and patient outcomes


BSN, University of Nevada, Reno, NV
MS, Nursing, Texas Womans University, Dallas, TX
PhD, Health Studies, Texas Womans University, Denton, TX


Leighton, K., McNelis, A. M., Kardong-Edgren, S., Foisy-Doll, C., Sullo, E. (2020) Traditional clinical outcomes in prelicensure nursing education: An empty systematic review. Journal of Nursing Education. Accepted 12 August.

Breitkreuz, K. R., Kardong-Edgren, S., Gilbert, G. E., DeBlieck, C., Maske, M., Hallock, C., … Noe, S. R. (2020). Nursing faculty perceptions of a virtual reality catheter insertion game: A multisite study. Simulation and Gaming, 1-15. doi:10.1177/1046878120954891

Kardong-Edgren, S., Oermann, M.H. , Jastrzembski, T.S. , Krusmark, M.A. , Gluck, K.A. , Molloy, M.A. , Miller, C.W. , Webb, S. , Frost, E. & Sarasnick, J.A. (2020). Baseline cardiopulmonary resuscitation skill performance of nursing students is improved after one Resuscitation Quality Improvement skill refresher. Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, 36(2), 57–62. doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000614

Howard, V., Barber, J., & Kardong-Edgren, S. (2020). Corporate leadership training: Value added for your simulation center. Journal of Professional Nursing, 36, 538-542.

Waxman, K.T., Bowler, F., Forneris, S., Kardong-Edgren, S., Rizzolo, M.A. (2019). Simulation as a nursing education disruptor. Nursing Education Quarterly, 45(4), 300-305.

Sullivan, N., Swoboda, S., Breymier, T., Lucas, L., Sarasnick, J., Rutherford- Hemmings, T., Budhathoki, C., Kardong-Edgren, S. (2019). Evidence toward the 2:1 clinical to simulation ratio revealed: A study comparing traditional clinical and simulation. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 30, 34-41. Doi: (Awarded INACSL 2019 Research Article of the Year.)

McAllister, M., Andersen, P., Kardong-Edgren, S. (2019). Incivility behaviours exhibited by nursing students: Clinical educators’ perspectives of challenging teaching and assessment events in clinical practice. Contemporary Nurse, Published online 9 July 2019. doi: 10.1080/10376178.2019.1634480

Kardong-Edgren, S., Fara, S., Young, M., Alinier, G. (2019). A call to unify definition of virtual reality. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 31, 28-34. Doi:

Kardong-Edgren, S., Breitkreutz, K., Werb, M., Foreman, S., & Ellertson, A. (2018). Evaluating the usability of a second-generation VR game for refreshing sterile urinary catheterization skills. Nurse Educator, 44(3), 137-141. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000570.

Butt, A., Kardong-Edgren, S., Ellertson, A. (2018). Using game-based virtual reality with haptics for skill acquisition. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 16(3), 25-32. doi:10.1016/j.ecns.2017.010. (Awarded 2018 Research Article of the Year)

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