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Linda Wilson

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Linda Wilson


Assistant Dean for Continuing Education, Simulation and Events and Clinical Professor Division of Nursing

Linda Wilson, PhD, is an assistant dean for Continuing Education, Simulation & Events and a clinical professor in the Division of Nursing at Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions. Wilson completed a BSN at College Misericordia in Dallas, Pennsylvania, and completed a MSN in Critical Care and Trauma at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She completed a PhD in Nursing Research at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. Wilson also has a postgraduate certificate in Epidemiology and Biostatistical Methods from Drexel University and a postgraduate certificate in Pain Management from the University of California San Francisco, School of Medicine. Wilson completed the National Library of Medicine/Marine Biological Laboratory, Biomedical Informatics Fellowship and the Harvard University Institute for Medical Simulation’s Comprehensive Workshop and Graduate Course in Medical Simulation. She has several certifications: Certified Post Anesthesia Nurse (CPAN), Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse (CAPA), ANCC Board Certified in Nursing Professional Development (NPD-BC), Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), Certified Academic Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE®cl) Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator–Advanced (CHSE-A). Wilson served as the president of the American Society of Perianesthesia Nurses (2002 - 2003) and as an ANCC Commission on Accreditation Appraiser site surveyor since 2000. Wilson specializes in simulation, debriefing, informatics, perianesthesia, pain and comfort management and critical care.

Academic Distinctions

Wilson was inducted into the Academy of Nurse Educator Fellows (ANEF) and as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) in 2014. Wilson was inducted as a Fellow of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (FASPAN) in 2018 and as an ASPAN Legacy for Life in 2018. Wilson is the coeditor for several books: Human Simulation for Nursing and Health Professions (2012, Springer), Review Manual for the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator™ (CHSE™) Exam, (2nd Edition) (2019, Springer), the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) Review Manual, (3rd Edition) (2018, Springer) and the Certified Academic Clinical Nurse Educator (CNEcl) Review Manual (2020, Springer).

Faculty Fellowships

  • Academy of Nurse Educator Fellows
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
  • Fellow of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses

Selected Publications

Grant participation:

Primary Investigator for “Improving the ability of family caregivers to care for persons living with frontotemporal dementia through an innovative simulation program” funded by the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration ($60,000.00). (Co-Investigators C. Okupniak & S. Gambescia)

Co-Investigator for “Developing Algorithms of Nursing Care for Hospitalized Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder” funded by the WITH Foundation ($40,000.00). (PI E. Giarelli, Co-I K. Fischer)

Co-Investigator for “A Training and Fidelity Model to Move and Scale Evidence-based Dementia Care and Caregiver Support Programs into Practice: The Case for COPE in PACE service settings” funded by National Institute on Aging. (PIs Dr. Nancy Hodgson, University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Laura N. Gitlin, Drexel University, Co-I R. DiMaria Ghalili.

Primary Investigator for “Faculty Development: Integrating Technology into Nursing Education and Practice” funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration ($1.5 million).

Primary Investigator for “Sim Team: The Joint Education of Health Professionals and Assistive Personnel Students in a Simulated Environment” funded by the Barra Foundation Inc. ($128,000.00)

Editorial review board membership:

Holistic Nursing Practice Journal

Research Interests

  • Simulation; Simulation Using Standardized Patients
  • Effect of Simulation on Decision Making, Self-Efficacy, and Critical Thinking
  • Improving the Ability of Family Caregivers to Care for Persons Living with Frontotemporal Dementia through an Innovative Simulation Program.
  • Perianesthesia nursing
  • Pain and Comfort; Comfort theory
  • Informatics; Technology


Specializes in Simulation, Debriefing, Informatics, Perianesthesia, Pain and Comfort Management and Critical Care.

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Pain Management from the University of California San Francisco, School of Medicine in San Francisco, CA.
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology and Biostatistical Methods from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.
  • PhD in Nursing Research and Theory Development from Rutgers the State University of New Jersey in Newark, NJ.
  • MSN in Critical Care and Trauma from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA
  • BSN in Nursing from College Misericordia in Dallas, PA