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Jean Dougherty, RN, MSN-ed, CPN, CHSE, CCRN-K

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Jean Dougherty is a nurse educator and healthcare simulationist with a clinical background in pediatric intensive care. She is a Nursing Professional Development Specialist at Children’s Hospitals Los Angeles. In her education career she has served in many roles including lead pediatric faculty, clinical instructor, clinical coordinator and simulation director. During her time as simulation continue

Jenna Reyes, EdD, MSN/ED, RN, PHN, CHSE

Friday, November 3, 2023

Jenna Reyes, EdD, MSN/ED, RN, PHN, CHSE, graduated from The University of Alabama with a EdD in Nursing Education. She is passionate about nursing education and the development of clinical judgement to serve the development of nursing students. She has centered her overall research focus on the best practices for supporting and developing nursing students’ continue

Amy Vermillion, EdD, MSN, RN, FNP, CHSE

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Dr. Amy Vermillion is a Professor and Director, Simulation & Learning Labs at Riverside City College (RCC). Amy has helped to guide the School of Nursing through reimagining simulation and achieving accreditation through the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).  Amy has served as a resource to several community college programs in the Inland Empire. continue

Alexandra Duke, DNP, RN-BC, CEN, CHSE, CNE®cl, EBP-C

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Dr. Alexandra Duke is a DNP nurse leader with clinical specialties and national certifications in emergency and medical-surgical nursing. Additional areas of expertise include evidence-based practice, academic clinical nursing education, and healthcare simulation. In her former roles, she worked as a Nursing Education Consultant for the California State Board of Registered Nursing and an accreditor continue

Daniel G. Ortiz, Jr., DNP, MBA/MSN, RN, PHN, CDP, CHSE CSA

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Dr. Daniel G. Ortiz, Jr., is the Interim Associate Dean of Nursing & Allied Health at Imperial Valley College (IVC) where he previously served as the Simulation Coordinator, Associate Professor in Nursing & Assistant Director of Nursing. His history of serving his hometown of Imperial County, California began through an earned Associate’s Degree of Science continue

Deborah Bennett, PhD, RN, CHSE

Deborah Bennett, PhD, RN, CHSE, has been a nurse educator for over twenty years and a nurse clinician for over thirty years. She is a generalist with specialties in pediatrics and primary care. As a nurse educator, she has taught in associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degree nursing programs. Deborah was the Simulation Director for California continue


Dr. KT Waxman is an international nurse leader and executive with extensive experience in academic and healthcare settings. She is a Professor and the Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing. She is also the director of the California Simulation Alliance (CSA) at continue

Heidi Traxler, MSN, RN-CHSE

Friday, May 20, 2022

Heidi Traxler, MSN, RN-CHSE is the Regional Director of Clinical Simulation at Providence St Joseph Health System Southern California. She coordinates and manages the Simulation Programs, including Transition into Practice Simulation, Nursing Simulation, Specialty-Specific Simulation, Interprofessional Simulation and NODA (No One Dies Alone) Simulation. Her simulation faculty training (orientation) includes courses taught by the California continue

Cynthia M. Shum, DNP, MEd, RN, CHSE-A

Cynthia M. Shum is the Nurse Educator and Simulationist at the VA hospital in Palo Alto.  In this position she is responsible for the operations of the center, facilitation of simulation activities throughout the hospital and development of new uses for simulation activities. Dr. Shum received her DNP at USF studying faculty development in healthcare continue

Melissa Punnoose, MSN, RN-BC, CHSE, CHSOS

Melissa Punnoose is the Regional Clinical Simulation Educator for Providence St Joseph Health System Southern California. In her role she designs and facilitates simulation for interprofessional teams, new grad and seasoned RNs, community volunteers, and ancillary staff. She also facilitates simulation for nursing students at Los Angeles Harbor College, where she serves as an adjunct continue