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Nancy Sullivan, DNP, RN

Assistant Professor
Director of Immersive Learning, MSN (Entry into Nursing)
Nancy Sullivan
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Acute/Critical Care
  • Adult Health
  • Cardiovascular
  • Care Coordination
  • Education
  • Interprofessional
  • Resuscitation Training
  • Simulation
  • Transition of Care
  • Trauma


Prior to beginning her work at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Nancy Sullivan had a wide variety of nursing experiences that included ED/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. In her current role as the Director of Immersive Learning, MSN (Entry into Nursing), she is responsible for the integration of simulation into the pre-licensure program, enhancing student learning and meeting program and course objectives. She is also responsible for the overall management of the simulation center. Additionally, she teaches medical/surgical nursing in the pre-licensure program. Dr. Sullivan's research focuses on the use of simulation in nursing education; both in academia and practice. In practice, the focus is 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 and the integration of virtual reality into the simulation curriculum. She was a member of the 2015 NLN Simulation Leader cohort and worked with the American Heart Association on a project exploring the best simulation strategies for maintaining CPR competencies. Dr. Sullivan publishes and presents locally, nationally, and internationally on simulation and resuscitation training. She earned her BSN (1975), MS (1992), and DNP (2013) from JHSON.

Additional Resources

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  • Publications/Research

    Pandian, V., Dino, M. J. S., McLennan, L., Brown, K. M., Sullivan, N., Coker, D., ... & Szanton, S. L. (2022). Nursing education in uncharted waters: Are we successfully navigating the industrial revolutions ahead? Journal of Clinical Nursing

    Brown, K.M., Swoboda, S.M., Gilbert, G.E., Horvath, C., Sullivan, N. (in press). Integrating Virtual Simulation into Nursing Education: A Roadmap. Clinical Simulation in Nursing. (senior)

    Vergara, F. H., Budhathoki, C., Sheridan, D.J., Davis, J. E., Sullivan, N.J. (in press). Predictors for Telephone Outreach Post-Hospital Discharge. Professional Case Management. (senior) 

    Hudson, K.W., Swoboda, S.M., Redd, M., Hunter, M.D. & Sullivan, N. (2021). Virtual Clinical Activities: Lessons Learned with First Semester Nursing Students. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 11(3). (senior)

    Perretta, J.S., Duval-Arnould, J., Poling, S., Sullivan, N., Jeffers, J.D., Farrow, L., Shilkofski, N.A., Brown, K.M., Hunt, E.A. (2020). Best Practices and Theoretical Foundations for Simulation Instruction using Rapid-Cycle Deliberate Practice. Simulation in Healthcare, Oct,15(5), 356-362.

    Vergara, F. H., Davis, J. E., Budhathoki, C., Sullivan, N. J., & Sheridan, D. J. (2019). Face-to-face meetings with neurosurgical patients before hospital discharge: Impact on telephone outreach, emergency department visits, and hospital readmissions. Population Health Management, 1-9.

    Sullivan, N., Swoboda, S. M., Breymier, T., Lucas, L., Sarasnick, J., Rutherford-Hemming, T., ... & Kardong-Edgren, S. S. (2019). Emerging evidence toward a 2: 1 clinical to simulation ratio: A study comparing the traditional clinical and simulation settings. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 30, 34-41.

  • Awards/Honors

    2019  Research Article of the Year award; International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning; Emerging evidence toward a 2: 1 clinical to simulation ratio: A study comparing the traditional clinical and simulation settings

    2017  Excellence in Teaching award at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

    2017  Capstone International Nursing Book Award for Medical-Surgical Nursing: Making Connections to Practice

    2016  Maryland Nurses Association Outstanding Nurse Educator award

    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