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Suzan Kardong-Edgren

Suzan Kardong-Edgren, PhD, RN, ANEF, CHSE


Department: Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies

Specialties: Medical and Healthcare Simulation


  • PhD in Health Sciences - Texas Woman's University
  • MS in Nursing, Texas Woman's University
  • BS in Nursing - University of Nevada

Suzan "Suzie" Kardong-Edgren is a professor and director of the RISE Center at the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Robert Morris University. 

Dr. Kardong-Edgren is an internationally known thought leader and sought-after speaker in simulation. She received the highest honor in nursing education for simulation from the National League for Nursing, the Debby Spunt Lectureship in 2010. She serves as a consultant to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing on the landmark National Simulation Study, one of the largest nursing education studies ever undertaken. She is also a co-investigator on the high-stakes testing project for the National League for Nursing.

Dr. Kardong-Edgren was one of two nurses chosen to attend a 2011 think tank, working with 18 international experts to determine the top five priorities to increase patient safety using simulation. She has been working with the American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical Corporation to conduct CPR and ACLS research for the past four years. She was the first nurse to chair the Research Committee for the Society of Simulation in Healthcare, an interprofessional international simulation society. She publishes regularly and is the editor in chief of Clinical Simulation in Nursing. She was recently inducted as a National League for Nursing Educational Fellow.

Dr. Kardong-Edgren has held teaching positions at the University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Washington State University.


Dr. Kardong-Edgren is interested in research that explores the use of medical simulation to improve patient safety and clinical education. She has participated in numerous grant-funded research projects as principal investigator, co-investigator, or project director, on a variety of subjects pertaining to medical simulation.

She is the author of numerous scholarly articles and publications, and has given presented more than 100 posters and lectures on the local, national and international level.

For a full list of Dr. Kardong-Edgren's accomplishments, view her curriculum vitae.

Contact Information

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Master of Science in Medical and Healthcare Simulation Program
New College Building, Room 4104
245 N. 15th Street, MS 344
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215.762.6767
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