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 immediate past president of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation in Nursing and an Associate Professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston. 


2021    Dr. Edgren served as the 2021 College of Nursing Distinguished Lecturer at Texas A & M University on 8 November.
2021    Resuscitation Quality Improvement Lifesaving Award, awarded by American Heart Association, Laerdal Medical, and the National League for Nursing 
              In recognition of research completed that has saved 20,000 lives to date, using the RQI system. 

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


Cant, R., Ryan, C., Kardong-Edgren, S. (2022). Virtual simulation studies in nursing education: A bibliometric analysis of the top 100 cited articles, 2021. Nurse Education Today, 114,

Andersen, P., Kardong-Edgren, S., Schleicher, M., Koontz, J. Walsh, K., (2022). A simulation pilot study comparing art-enhanced debriefing and traditional debriefing. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 67, 49-57.

Buleon, C., Caton, J., Park, Y. S., Eller, S., Buyuck, M., Kardong-Edgren, S., Walsh, B. M., Gross, I.T., Maxworthy, J., Reedy, G., Palaganas, J.C. (2022). The state of distance healthcare simulation during the COVID-19 pandemic: Results of an international study. Advances in Simulation, 7, 10.

Jeffries, P. R., Bushardt, R. L., DuBose- Morris, R., Hood, C., Kardong-Edgren, S., Pintz, C., Posey, L., Sikka, N. (2022). The role of technology in health professions education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Academic Medicine, 97(35), S104-S109. 

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)


Kardong-Edgren, S. (2022). Clinical simulation scenario writing workshop. Virtual 7th International Conference on Radiation Medicine. 15 February. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Kardong-Edgren, S. (2022). Quick review of education trends pre and post COVID, in Simulation. Virtual 7th International Conference on Radiation Medicine. 15 February. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Lababidi, H. & Kardong-Edgren, S. (2022). The realities of high stakes assessments with simulation. Virtual 7th International Conference on Radiation Medicine. 15 February. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Kardong-Edgren, S. (2022). Clinical learning environments BT (The Before Time) and AC (After Covid). Virtual 7th International Conference on Radiation Medicine. 16 February, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Dieckmann, P., Kardong-Edgren, S., Aebersold, M., Lundsgaard, K., Knudsen, D. (2022). Re-enacting expeditions in crisis to explore cognitive and social skills. International Meeting of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. 17 January. Los Angeles, CA.

Leighton, K. & Kardong-Edgren, S., (2022). What did you do during COVID-19? Uncovering narratives of pandemic non-participatory guilt in the simulation community. International Meeting of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. 16 January. Los Angeles, CA.

Bowler, F., Decker, S., Hallmark, B., McDermott, D., Rossler, K., Watts, P., & Kardong-Edgren, S., (2022). Updates to 2021 INACSL Healthcare Simulation Standards. [Podium presentation]. International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH), 18 January. Los Angles&, CA.

Kardong-Edgren, S., Charnetski, M., Healthcare Distance Simulation Collaboration. (2021). How was distance simulation used during the pandemic? Results of an international survey.  SimGHOST 4 August. Ft. Wayne, IN

Kardong-Edgren, S. (2021). Healthcare simulation standards of best practice TM: What’s easy? What’s hard?  SimGHOST 5 August. Ft. Wayne, IN

Invited presentations

Kardong-Edgren, S. (2022). Keynote. Dissemination: Not what it used to be. Keynote. International Pediatric Simulation Society. St. Petersburg, FL, 14 June. 

Kardong-Edgren, S., Henao, H., Quinn, R., Kristopek, A. (2022). Making your clinical time simulation time. Laerdal Simulation Users Network. Webinar. 7 June. 

Kardong-Edgren, S. (2022). Keynote. Traditional clinical outcomes in prelicensure nursing education: An empty systematic review. Quality and Safety in Nursing Education. Denver. 2 June.

Malone, B., Poindexter, K., Oermann, M., Kardong-Edgren, S., Tibiero, R. (2022). (Webinar). Empowering nursing students to help save lives-The path to high-quality CPR skills and competence.  NLN webinar series. 14 April.
Phillips, B., Lloyd, J., Kardong-Edgren, S., Schwartz, J. (2022). Keynote panel. The future of nursing: Learning from the past to prepare for the future. Keynote panel. Assessment Technologies Incorporated (ATI) National Nursing summit. Seattle, 12 April. 
Kardong-Edgren, S. (2021). Keynote. The new Healthcare Simulation Standards in Simulation. Virtual Simulcom. India, 5 December.

Jeffries, P., Kardong-Edgren, S., Dubose-Morris, R., Slaven-Lee, P., Laughlin, T. Disruptions in use of technology across the healthcare system and academe due to the pandemic: The silver linings and transformations. Virtual 13th Kansas City Healthcare Simulation Conference, 17 September.  

Kardong-Edgren, S. Distance simulation- During COVID and beyond: what were we doing? What do we know now? Are things changing? Virtual 13th Kansas City Healthcare Simulation Conference, 17 September.  

Kardong-Edgren, S., Spain, A., Thompson, A., Diederich, E. (2021). A call for competency across health professions- what, why, and how? Virtual 13th Kansas City Healthcare Simulation Conference, 17 September.  

Kardong-Edgren, S. (2021). Simulation: BC (Before COVID) and AC (after COVID). Aga Khan University School of Nursing. Pakistan. 15 September. 

Shablack, D., Belk, W., Crawford, S., Spain, A., Kardong-Edgren, S. (2021). Developmental opportunities for the simulation technology and operations community. SimGHOST, Panel. August 5, Ft. Wayne ID.

Curriculum Vitae