Nancy Sullivan

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Assistant Professor/Simulation Director, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing


Nancy Sullivan received her BSN in 1975, her MS in 1992, and her DNP in 2013 from the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. She is presently an assistant professor and simulation director at 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. In her present role she is responsible for the integration of simulation into both the pre-licensure and advanced practice nursing programs.  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.