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Dr. Tonya Schneidereith is a nurse educator, leader, and entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in health care and academic settings. She is a passionate champion for simulation-based education as a means to prepare a safety-centric workforce and improve the well-being of patients and populations. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and a full-time simulation educator in the prestigious Debra L. Spunt Clinical Simulation Labs.
In her current position, she emphasizes the role of patient safety for prelicensure and advanced practice nursing students through simulation-based education. She is an entrepreneur and Chief Executive Officer of the simulation consulting company, SIMPL Simulation, LLC whose mission is to improve healthcare quality through use of simulation-based educational experiences.
Dr. Schneidereith is known for her expertise in simulation and pediatrics and authored the Thomas Sykes unfolding scenarios for the National League for Nursing’s (NLN) Advancing Care Excellence series in Pediatrics. She is an innovative-thinker recognized for integrating Google glass technology in her program of research on medication administration behaviors. She has over 50 publications, presentations, and workshops to her credit on the topics of medication safety, simulation pedagogy, technology, and Standards of Best Practice: Simulation SM. Most recently she served as Volume Editor for the 2021 Annual Review of Nursing Research: Healthcare Simulation.
She is a willing volunteer for professional organizations including the National League for Nursing, the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, the Global Network for Simulation in Healthcare, and the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL). In 2018, Dr. Schneidereith was commended with the INACSL Excellence Award for Service for her commitment to supporting organizational excellence as Chair of the Research Committee and as a member of the Standards of Best Practice Committee.
Most recently, Dr. Schneidereith was selected for two ground-breaking Nurse Practitioner initiatives in simulation, including the inaugural simulation committee of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) and as Steering Committee Member for the Simulation in Nurse Practitioner Education Consortium. She was an Author and Associate Editor for the first NONPF Simulation Guidelines & Best Practices for Nurse Practitioner Programs.
Dr. Schneidereith received her BSN from Florida State University, her MSN from the University of Pennsylvania, and her PhD from Johns Hopkins University. She holds certifications as a Pediatric Primary Care (PPCNP-BC) and Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (CPNP-AC), Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), and as one of the few internationally-designated as Advanced Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE-A).
In 2020, Dr. Schneidereith was honored as a Distinguished Graduate: Educator from the Florida State University College of Nursing. She was also awarded fellowship in the Academy of Nurse Educators (ANEF), the Society for Simulation in Healthcare Academy (FSSH), and the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN).
With over 20 years of experience, Crystel L. Farina is an award-winning educator, a recognized expert in simulation education, and Chief Financial Officer of SIMPL Simulation, LLC. She is Director of Simulation and Experiential Learning at the George Washington University School of Nursing under the direction of the world-renowned simulation theorist, Dean Pamela Jeffries. In her role, she is responsible for ensuring that simulation education in the graduate and undergraduate nursing programs meets the Healthcare Simulation Standards of Best Practice™.
Dr. Farina also provides teaching and educational support to the SAIL Ventures, Initiatives, and Partnership Program (VIP). She was selected to author and present alongside Dean Jeffries and other renowned simulation educators in the massive open online course (MOOC) “Essentials in Clinical Simulations Across the Health Professions”, released in July 2019. Most recently, Dr. Farina contributed chapters on Simulation Operations to Simulation in Nursing Education: From Conceptualization to Evaluation, 3rd Edition and the 2021 Annual Review of Nursing Research: Healthcare Simulation.
Prior to George Washington University, Dr. Farina was the Director of Simulation for Health Professions at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Maryland. While there, she was twice honored as a Chesapeake Choice Teaching Award winner and as an “educational innovator” selected for the Stuart M. Bounds Distinguished Teaching Chair. She was integral to the development and design of the simulation labs in the new Health Professions and Athletic Center where she collaborated to support interprofessional simulation experiences with programs in Nursing, Emergency Medical Services, Surgical Technology, and Radiologic Sciences. These experiences have made Dr. Farina a sought-after expert in simulation operations, infrastructure design, and strategic planning.
Dr. Farina is an active volunteer for professional organizations, including the National League for Nursing (NLN), the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, the Global Network for Simulation in Healthcare, and the Society for Simulation and Healthcare. She serves as peer-reviewer for Clinical Simulation in Nursing and the NLN’s Nursing EDge Blog. Dr. Farina is an alumnus of the National League for Nursing Leadership Program for Simulation Educators and continues to engage in projects with fellow Sim Leader colleagues.
She maintains certifications as Nurse Educator (CNE) and Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE). Dr. Farina graduated from the Macqueen Gibbs Willis School of Nursing, obtained a BSN and MSN from Wilmington University, and a PhD at Notre Dame of Maryland University. Dr. Farina’s CV is available upon request.