2018 Institute for Simulation Educators (ISE) Columbia, SC

Susan Gross Forneris


Susan Gross Forneris PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE-A is currently the Excelsior Director for the National League for Nursing Center for Innovation in Simulation and Technology, Washington, DC.  Selected for inclusion in the 2010 inaugural group of NLN Simulation Leaders, she has been working in the field of clinical simulation since 2003. She served as a simulation expert for the NLN ACE.S Team (Advancing Care Excellence for Seniors) and a simulation author for the NLN ACE.Z Alzheimer’s simulation scenario series. She has been instrumental in the design and implementation of NLN faculty development courses focused on simulation pedagogy, foundations, debriefing, curriculum integration and evaluation.  Most recently, she co-authored Critical Conversations: The NLN Guide for Teaching Thinking.

Dr. Forneris’ expertise is in curriculum development with emphasis on simulation and debriefing in combination with her research on critical thinking. Her publications focus on the development and use of reflective teaching strategies to enhance critical thinking in novice nurses. Dr. Forneris is actively engaged in initiating multi-site simulation research on the impact of simulation and debriefing and high stakes testing on student learning outcomes.  She was a former Professor of Nursing at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN.


Michelle Moulton

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Michelle Moulton, MS, RN, PCCN, CHSE is the simulation lab coordinator at the University of Maryland, School of Nursing. She has been teaching using simulation since 2010. She received both basic and advanced training in simulation with the Maryland Faculty Academy for Simulation Teaching at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.  Ms. Moulton also completed the comprehensive Simulation Instructor Course provided by the Institute for Medical Simulation in Boston, Massachusetts. Currently a member of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Nursing (INACSL), she is certified in Progressive Critical-Care Nursing (PCCN) by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and became a certified healthcare simulation educator (CHSE) by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSIH) in 2015. Ms. Moulton’s master’s work was in health services leadership and management with a focus on nursing education. Enrolled in the DNP program at University of Maryland School of Nursing, she is concentrating her study on interprofessional education (IPE) and simulation in the clinical setting.

Rachel Onello

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Rachel Onello PhD, RN, CHSE, CNE, CNL is a clinical associate professor at the University of South Carolina College of Nursing. She has taught in simulation-based education since 2008, where she had experience in designing, integrating, and evaluating simulation in healthcare education. In her previous roles, Dr. Onello facilitated the expansion of simulation curricula for undergraduate nursing courses, coordinated lab and clinical learning experiences, and directed the orientation, faculty development, training, and formative assessment of lab and clinical instructors.

Dr. Onello co-teaches faculty development workshops on debriefing for simulation faculty in academic and clinical practice. Dr. Onello received training on simulation and debriefing through Harvard’s Center for Medical Simulation and the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education, and Research. Her current work focuses on applying theory-based models of debriefing to clinical learning environments, with a focus on faculty development among clinical instructors. She is also an alumnus of the 2015-2016 National League for Nursing Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators.

Clinical Associate Professor, Director of the Clinical Simulation Laboratory
Clinical Associate Professor, Director of the Clinical Simulation Laboratory

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