Suzan E. Kardong-Edgren, Ph.D.
Director, RISE Center and Professor, Nursing (School of Nursing and Health Sciences)
412-397-3534 phone (M)
412-397-3277 fax
Scaife Hall 179

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, nursing, University of Nevada Reno, 1976
  • Ph.D., health studies, Texas Womans University, 2004
  • Master of Science, maternal child nursing, Texas Womans University, 1993

Area of Expertise/Research

  • simulation
  • CPR research
  • simulation research
  • educational research


  • Kardong-Edgren, S., Butt, A., Macy, R., Harding, S., Roberts, C., McPherson, S., Waddell, A., Erickson, A. (2014). Expert modeling, expert/self-modeling vs. lecture: A comparison of learning, retention, and transfer of rescue skills in health professions students. Journal of Nursing Education, In press, 2014.

    Hayden, J., Smiley, R., Alexander, M.A., Kardong-Edgren, S., Jeffries, P. (2014). The NCSBN National Simulation Study: A longitudinal, randomized, controlled study replacing clinical hours with simulation in prelicensure nursing education. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 5(2) Supplement, S3-S40. 

    Hayden, J., Keegan, M., Kardong-Edgren, S., Smiley, R. (2014). Reliability and validity testing of the Creighton Competency Evaluation Instrument (CCEI) for use in the NCSBN National Simulation Study. Nursing Education Perspectives, 35(4), 244-252.

    Oermann, M., Kardong-Edgren, S., Odom-Maryon, T. (2014). Effects of practice on competency in single-rescuer cardiopulmonary resuscitation. MEDSURG Nurse, 23(1), 22-28.

    Taibi, D., Kardong-Edgren, S. (2014). Development of an open use simulation education website for healthcare providers. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 10(1), e47-e52.


  • 2015 - Gordon Lectureship, International Meeting of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. 11 January, New Orleans
  • 2015 - NCSBN National Simulation Study Results: What do they mean for educators? Elsevier Faculty Development Conference, 6 January, Scottsdale, AZ.
  • 2015 - Deliberate practice: Who, what, when, where, why, how? Elsevier Faculty Development Conference, 5 January, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 2014 - NCSBN Simulation Study Results: What do they mean for nursing? Osaka Prefecture University. 9 September. Osaka, Japan
  • 2014 - The NCSBN National Simulation Study findings: Implications for faculty and nurse educators. 41st National Conference of the Professional Nurse Educators Group, 5 October, Rochester MN
  • 2014 - Nestel, D., Gubrud-Howe, P., Kelly, M., Kardong-Edgren, S., Jeffries, P. (2014). Round table: Replacing traditional clinical placement with simulation- what evidence do we need? SIMHealth Australia. 27 August, Adelaide, AUS.
  • 2014 - NCSBN Simulation Study Results: What do they mean for nursing? Kobe City College of Nursing. 8 September, 2014. Kobe, Japan.
  • 2014 - NCSBN Simulation Study Results: What do they mean for nursing? Japanese Simulation Users Network, 6 September, Tokyo, Japan.
  • 2014 - State of the science in nursing education. A connection between simulation and clinical performance. SPRING Simulation Center Opening. 23 May, Chung Ang University. Seoul, Korea.