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Suzan Kardong-Edgren, PhD, RN

Suzan Kardong-EdgrenSuzan Kardong-EdgrenSuzan Kardong-Edgren, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor
Washington State University

WSU Spokane
College of Nursing
SNRS 335
PO Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495
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Education: Dr. Edgren completed her PhD degree in Health Studies from Texas Womans University in 2004 where she also received her master’s degree in Nursing in 1993.

Area of Expertise: Dr. Edgren researches the use and integration of educational technology into nursing curriculums. She serves as one of nine simulation experts for the latest National League for Nursing (NLN) simulation project, authoring the online “Research in Simulation” courses for the NLN Simulation Innovation Resource Center. Dr. Edgren is the Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Simulation in Nursing, the journal of the International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL). She is currently serving as the project director for a national multi-site, multi-arm study for Laerdal and the American Heart Association investigating better retention methods for ACLS and CPR knowledge and skill.

Publications Of Interest:

  1. Kardong-Edgren S, Emerson RJ. (2009). Student use and perception of podcasted lectures. Journal of Nursing Education. In review.
  2. Kardong-Edgren S, Oermann M, Ha Y, Nelson Tennant M, Snelson C, Hallmark E, Rogers N, Hurd D. (2009). Using a Wiki in nursing education and research. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship. In press.
  3. Kardong-Edgren S, Adamson KA. (2009). BSN medical surgical student ability to perform CPR in a simulation: Results and implications. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, In press.
  4. Kardong-Edgren S, Lungstrom N, Bendel R. (2009). VitalSim® vs. SimMan®: A comparison of BSN student test scores, knowledge retention, and satisfaction. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, In press.
  5. Kardong-Edgren S, Starkweather A, Ward L. (2008). The integration of simulation into a clinical foundations of nursing course: Student and faculty perspectives. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship. 5(1), Article 26. Available at:
  6. Starkweather A, Kardong-Edgren S. (2008). Diffusion of innovation: Embedding simulation into nursing. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 5(1) Article 13. Available at
  7. Kardong-Edgren S, Anderson M. (2008). An all comers clinical make up experience using simulation. Clinical Simulation in Nursing Education, 4 (1). Available from
  8. Kardong-Edgren S, Anderson M, Michael J. (2007). Does simulation fidelity improve student test scores? Clinical Simulation in Nursing Education. 3(1). Available from


  • Educational theories relevant to simulation.
  • Evidence-based simulation pedagogy and strategies for promoting the development of critical thinking.

  • The purposes of debriefing and the role of the debriefing facilitator.
  • Various tools and approaches for debriefing.

Blog posts

Updated on April 30th, 2012 at 10:09 am

For those of you who use the Jeffries/NLN Simulation framework in your simulation studies…

The Jeffries/NLN Simulation Framework has been in used for the past ten years as a framework for innumerable studies. A study group won National League for Nursing funding in 2011, to do a retrospective analysis of the framework , evaluating all the research completed using the framework to date and to determine if the framework has developed sufficiently to describe it as a theory, with some potentially testable hypotheses.  The work group will report out at the International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) conference in San Antonio, next June. In the meantime, they have established a website where you can view the work to date and comment- see

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