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Kristen Brown, DNP, CRNP

Associate Professor
Kristen Brown
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Acute/Critical Care
  • Cardiovascular
  • Education
  • Interprofessional
  • Pediatrics
  • Resuscitation Training
  • Simulation


Kristen Brown is an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) and the Simulation Strategic Projects Lead for the Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center. In her faculty role, Dr. Brown develops simulation curriculum, plans innovative, immersive training events, and studies the use of simulation as a teaching method. Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Brown completed a two-year simulation fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Medicine Simulation Center. Dr. Brown was the first nurse to be named the Zamierowski Simulation Fellow. Her passion for simulation education stems from her years in clinical practice as a pediatric critical care nurse practitioner. She has had a 17-year nursing career devoted to the care of critically ill children and has worked in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Johns Hopkins Hospital as a nurse practitioner for the past 14 years. For her doctoral work, she designed, implemented, and studied a multi-institutional, high-fidelity simulation boot camp training event for advanced practice nurses. This innovative training has sparked an annual training event. She was selected into the National League for Nursing (NLN) Simulation Leadership Program for Simulation Educators and is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator-Advanced® (CHSE-A), a certification from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare that distinguishes those who have proven themselves to be advanced educators and leaders in their healthcare simulation practice. In her faculty role, she is currently incorporating simulation into advanced practice programs, and she has also led efforts to implement and study new technology to provide innovative solutions for distance learning, including telepresence robots and virtual simulation, including screen-based and virtual reality platforms (VR) across all programs at JHSON. Dr. Brown earned her BSN from the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing; her MS with an acute care pediatric nurse practitioner focus from the University of Maryland School of Nursing; and her DNP from JHSON.

Additional Resources

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  • Publications/Research

    Brown, K.M., Hunt, E.A., Duval-Arnould, J., Shilkofski, N.A., Keslin, A.N., Stella, A., Budhathoki, C., Ruddy, T., Perretta, J. S., Slattery, J.M., Nelson McMillan, K. (2020) Pediatric Critical Care Simulation Curriculum: Training Nurse Practitioners to Lead in the Management of Critically Ill Children. Journal of Pediatric Healthcare, 34(6) 584-590.  

    Brown KM, Mudd SS, Perretta JS, Hunt EA, Dodson, A, Nelson McMillan K. Rapid Cycle Deliberate Practice to Facilitate In Situ “Nano” Simulation in Critical Care: An Interprofessional Approach to Just-in-Time Training. Critical Care Nurse. 2019 (in press).

    Editors: Lioce,L., Cornelius, J., Brown, KM.  Associate Editors: Schneidereith, T., Nye, C, & Weston, C. (2020). Simulation guidelines best practices for nurse practitioner education. National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties.

    Perretta JS, Duval-Arnould J, Poling S, Sullivan N, Jeffers JD, Farrow L, Shilkofski NA, Brown KM, Hunt EA. (2020). Best Practices and Theoretical Foundations for Simulation Instruction using Rapid-Cycle Deliberate Practice. Simulation in Healthcare 15(5), 356-362. doi: 10.1097/SIH.0000000000000433

    Mudd, Shawna S.; McIltrot, Kimberly S.; Brown, Kristen M. Utilizing Telepresence Robots for Multiple Patient Scenarios in an Online Nurse Practitioner Program, Nursing Education Perspectives: 7/8 2020 - Volume 41 - Issue 4 - p 260-262 doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000590 (senior author)

    Saxton, E., Fadrowski, J., Pandian, V., Sloand, E., &  Brown, K.M.  Acute kidney injury in hospitalized pediatric patients: a review of research. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. 2019 34(2):145-160. doi: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2019.09.009  (senior author)

    Schallmo, MK, Godfrey, TM, Dunbar, D, Brown, KM, Coyle, A, D’Aoust, R. (2019)  Is it Time for the 4th P in Nurse Practitioner Education: Physical Assessment, Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, and Procedures: A Systematic Review. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 31 (12), 705-711

    Brown, K.M. (2018). Is it time to rethink the way we deliver simulation in the clinical setting? Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing 7 (3), 69-70. doi: 10.1097/JPS.0000000000000180

  • Awards/Honors

    2021  University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing Alumni Award—Teaching Excellence2020  Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing

    2020  Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Dean’s Award-Outstanding Nurse Educator Award

    2019  AACN-Apple Digital Innovation Bootcamp: From Content to Action, 2019 selected participant

    2019  National Association of Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) Lisa Milonovich Acute Care PNP (ACPNP) SIG Scholar Award

    2018  NLN Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators, Selected Participant

    2017  Professors’ Choice for Best Poster—The International Pediatric Simulation Society Symposia and Workshop: A High-fidelity Simulation Boot Camp for Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Nurse Practitioners, Boston, MA

    International presentations:

    2017  Brown, K., Sullivan, N. Simulation in Nursing Education from Pre-Licensure to Advanced Practice. International Pediatric Simulation Society Symposia and Workshop (IPSSW) (Panel discussion, invited)

    2017  Brown, K.M., Mudd, S.S., Hunt, E.A., Duval-Arnould, J., Perretta, J., Nelson-McMillan, K. A High-fidelity Simulation Boot Camp for Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Nurse Practitioners, Pediatric Simulation Society Symposia and Workshop (IPSSW) (Abstract, invited)

    2016 Brown, K. Early Recognition and Management of Low Cardiac Output in the Postoperative Congenital Heart Disease Patient. 16th Annual International Symposium on Congenital Heart Disease (Invited)

    2016  Brown, K. Cutting Edge Concepts for Managing Cardiac Arrest in the Critically Ill Child: Beyond the 2015 Guidelines. 8th World Congress on Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Workshop Faculty (Invited)