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Nancy Sullivan, DNP, RN

Assistant Professor
Clinical Simulation Director
Nancy Sullivan
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Cardiovascular
  • Care Coordination
  • Education
  • Interprofessional
  • Resuscitation Training
  • Simulation
  • Transition of Care


Nancy Sullivan received her BSN in 1975, her MS in 1992, and her DNP in 2013 from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Prior to beginning her work at the School of Nursing, Dr. Sullivan had a great variety of nursing experiences that included emergency department/trauma/critical care of both adult and pediatric patients, nursing management, a nurse educator role working with new graduate nurses, and a clinical nurse specialist role focusing on care coordination and readmission reduction. Her current research focuses on the use of simulation in nursing education—both in academia and practice. In practice, her research focuses on improving the nursing response in the first few minutes of a cardiac arrest using rapid-cycle deliberate practice simulation. In academia, the focus is on comparing the simulation and clinical environments with goals of informing an appropriate clinical-to-simulation ratio and designing the best use of clinical time to meet students' needs. Dr. Sullivan was a member of the 2015 NLN Simulation Leader cohort and worked with the American Heart Association on a project exploring the best educational strategies for maintaining CPR competencies. She publishes and presents locally, nationally, and internationally on simulation and resuscitation training. 

Additional Resources

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  • Publications/Research

    Sullivan, N.J., Duval-Arnould, J., Twilley, M., Smith, S.P., Aksamit, D., Boone-Guercio, P., Jeffries, P.R., Hunt, E.A. (2015). "Simulation exercise to improve retention of cardiopulmonary resuscitation priorities for in-hospital cardiac arrests: A randomized controlled trial." Resuscitation, 86, 6-13.

    Sullivan, N. (2015). "An Integrative Review: Instructional Strategies to Improve Nurses’ Retention of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Priorities." International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 12(1).

    Sullivan, N.J., Duval-Arnould, J.M., Perretta, J.S., Rosen, M.A., & Hunt, E.A. (2015). "Using Simulation to Design Choreography for a Cardiopulmonary Arrest Response." Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 11(11), 489-493

  • Awards/Honors

    2015 NLN Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators, Selected Participant

    2015 Maryland Faculty Academy for Simulation Teaching (MFAST 2.0), Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Selected Participant

    2015 10 best translational simulation articles of 2014-2015. Published manuscript: "Simulation exercise to improve retention of cardiopulmonary resuscitation priorities for in-hospital cardiac arrests: A randomized controlled trial." Award granted by the Simulation Journal Club of the International Simulation in Healthcare organization

    2013 Sigma Theta Tau, Nu Beta Chapter