Suzan “Suzie” Kardong-Edgren, PhD, RN, ANEF, CHSE, FSSH, FAAN

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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


Kardong-Edgren, S., Leighton, K., McNelis, A., Foisy-Doll, C., Sharpnack, P.A., Kavanagh, J. (2021). (Editorial). Evidence vs. eminence: Clinical hours in nursing education. Journal of Professional Nursing. Accepted June 22.

Leighton, K., Kardong-Edgren, S., McNelis, A., Sullo, E. (2021). Learning outcomes attributed to prelicensure clinical education in nursing: A systematic review of qualitative research. Nurse Educator, Accepted 19 June.

Leighton, K., Kardong-Edgren, S., Gilbert, G. (2021). Are traditional and simulated clinical environments meeting nursing students’ learning needs? Nurse Educator, Accepted May 35.

Leighton, K., Schneidereith, T., Kardong-Edgren, S., Foisy-Doll, C. (2021). Meeting nursing students’ clinical needs: Traditional, simulation, and screen-based simulation (CLECS 2.0). Nurse Educator, Accepted May 30.

Oermann, M. H., Krusmark, M. A., Kardong-Edgren, S., Gluck, K. A., Jastrzembski, T. S. (2021). Learning and retention in spaced practice of CPR skills in nursing students: implications for medical surgical RNs. Accepted in Med Surg RN March.

Duff, J.P., Kardong-Edgren, S., Chang, T., Elkin, R., Ramachandra, G., Stapleton, S., Palaganas, J., Gross, I. T. (2021). Editorial. Closing the gap: A call for a common blueprint for remote distance tele-simulation. BMJ STEL, 3 April. Doi: doi:10.1136/ bmjstel-2021-000875

Dang, B., Johnson, K., Butzlaff, A., Gilbert, G., Schleicher, M., Palicte, J., Wood, A. M., Kardong-Edgren, S. (2021). A multi-site evaluation of observer roles and telepresence technology in simulation with prelicensure nursing students. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 55, 86-94.

Oermann, M., Krusmark, M.A., Kardong-Edgren, S., Jastrzembski, T. S., Gluck, K.A. (2021). Personalized training schedules for retention and sustainment of CPR skills. Pre-print April. DOI: 10.1097/SIH.0000000000000559

Leighton, K., Kardong-Edgren, S., Schneidereith, T., Foisy-Doll, C. (2021). Using social media and snowball sampling as an alternative recruitment strategy for research. Clinical Simulation in Nursing. 55, 37-42.

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)

Invited paper

Jeffries, P.R., Bushardt, R. L., DuBose, R., Hood, C., Kardong-Edgren, S., Pintz, C., Posey, L., Sikka, N. (2021). Invited paper. The role of technology in health professions education during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the Josiah Macy Foundation Conference, 12-15 July.


Kardong-Edgren, S., Aebersold, M. (2021). Virtual conference. Improving community-based emergency room pediatric treatment: The ImPACTS program. International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning. 16 June.

Kardong-Edgren, S. Andersen, P. (2021). Virtual conference. Poster. A pilot study comparing art enhanced simulation debriefing with traditional debriefing. 16-18 June.

Kardong-Edgren, S. (2021). Webinar. Badging for simulation: What, why, how? Healthy Simulation Online. 12 May.

Kardong-Edgren, S. (2021). Webinar. Making a contribution to the research team as a novice SOS. Society for Simulation Operations Technology Section. 12 April.

Invited presentations

Kardong-Edgren, S., (2021). Simulation for patient safety: Opportunities and collaboration for a post pandemic world. University of Miami Simulation Hospital Advancing Research and Education Lecture Series. 17 March.

Kardong-Edgren, S., Waxman, KT. (2021). Review, assess, evaluate – are you gaining everything you can from debriefing? Virtual Laerdal Simulation Users Group Meeting. 24 June.

Kardong-Edgren, S., (2021). Simulation: BC (before Covid) and AC (after COVID) New opportunities, New Challenges. Simulation Professionals of Texas Virtual Meeting. April 12.

Curriculum Vitae