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Nursing Professor to Be Named Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Suzan Kardong-Edgren, Ph.D., professor of nursing at Robert Morris University, will be the first RMU faculty member selected as Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), one of the highest achievements in the field of nursing.

Kardong-Edgren is one of only 163 nursing professionals nationwide to be selected this year as a FAAN. The academy will recognize this year’s fellows at its annual policy conference Oct. 17 in Washington, D.C.

Kardong-Edgren is the director of the RMU Regional Research and Innovation in Simulation Education (RISE) Center and one of the nation’s leading experts in health care simulation and instruction. She is editor-in-chief of Clinical Simulation in Nursing and vice president of research for the International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning.

“In our world, being named a FAAN is like the Good Housekeeping seal of approval,” said Kardong-Edgren. “You are being recognized by the top levels of the nursing profession as a valued peer.”

Kardong-Edgren has been on the faculty at RMU since January, and was drawn to the university because of its embrace of cutting-edge health care simulation, which allows nursing and health sciences students and practicing health care providers to learn patient care through life-like computerized mannequins and actors trained to portray patients. With its RISE Center, Robert Morris is one of only a handful of freestanding nursing and health sciences programs nationwide that have a simulation center accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

“The value added by clinical simulation is being able to practice high-risk procedures without fear of harming patients. It’s the single most important invention in nursing education in the last 50 years,” said Kardong-Edgren.

As director of the RISE Center, Kardong-Edgren succeeds university professor of nursing Valerie Howard, Ed.D, who is now dean of the RMU School of Nursing and Health Sciences. An internationally recognized expert in health care simulation, Howard is past president of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning.

“Suzie is a visionary leader, and we are kindred spirits. I can’t think of a better person to lead the RISE Center,” said Howard.

A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Kardong-Edgren previously served as the only endowed chair in nursing in Idaho, at Boise State University. She remains an adjunct faculty member at both Washington State and the Drexel College of Medicine. She earned her bachelor’s of nursing at the University of Nevada, Reno, and her master’s degree in nursing at Texas Women’s University, where she also earned a Ph.D. in health studies.