Christine M. Thomas PhD, RN, CHSE


While curiosity is credited with killing the cat – helping students discover their intellectual curiosity will save patients. Helping students find individual motivations and triggers to their intellectual curiosity benefits students, patients and the profession of nursing.


Year Degree School/University Location
December 2004 – DNSc retitled to PhD in 2008 Doctor of Philosophy, Emphasis in Nursing Education, Theory, and Research
Received The Dean's Award for Doctoral Excellence
Widener University Chester, PA
August 1996 Master of Science in Nursing, Specializing in Nursing Education/Adult Health Indiana University Indiana, PA
May 1987 Bachelor of Science in Nursing DeSales University Center Valley, PA


As a faculty member on the level 3 team for 15 years Dr. Thomas taught classroom and clinical content in the areas of adult health and wellness, nursing care and support of clients with cardiac and respiratory disease across the life continuum. She began using high fidelity simulation 9 years ago. Dr. Thomas designed two simulation elective courses, multiple simulation scenarios, and now serves as the nursing department Simulation & Clinical Skills Laboratory Faculty. In this role she leads the design and implementation of clinical simulation learning methods with BSN students.




National League of Nursing, Leadership Development Program for Simulation Education – 2014 cohort


  • Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE)
  • AHA Basic Cardiac Life Support instructor


  • Davidson, P., Heinerichs, S., Reed, M.A., Grillo, E.U., Thomas, C.M., Sankaran, G., Curtis, N., Bean, N., & Holt, H.R. (submitted 1/2018). Students' knowledge and attitudes: An interprofessional education workshop and experience. International Journal of Health Sciences Education.
  • Mraz, M., Thomas, C.M., & Rajcan, L. (accepted 5/1/18). Intramuscular Injection CLIMAT Pathway: A Clinical Practice Guideline. British Journal of Nursing.
  • Thomas, C., & Mraz, M. (2017). Exploration into how simulation can effect new graduate transition. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 13(10), 465-470.
  • Thomas, C., & Kellgren, M. (2017). Extrapolation of Benner's novice to expert model: An application for simulation facilitators. Nursing Science Quarterly, 30(3), 227-234.
  • Grillo, E.U., & Thomas, C. (2016). Using high-fidelity simulation to facilitate graduate student clinical learning. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, 1 (SIG 10), 4-15. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG10.4
  • Thomas, C., Sievers, L.D., Kellgren, M., Manning, S., Rojas, D., & Gamblian, V. (2015). Developing a theory based simulation educator resource. Nursing Education Perspectives, 36(5), 340-342.
  • Thomas, C., Mraz, M., & Rajcan, L. (2015). Blood aspiration during IM injection. Clinical Nursing Research. 1-11 doi:10.1177/1054773815575074
  • Thomas, C., & Mraz, M. (2013). Designing a medication cart and computerized chart on a budget. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: CIN Plus. 31(6), 251-254.


  • Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH)
  • International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL)
  • Philadelphia Simulation Consortium
  • American Nurses Association (ANA)
  • National League for Nursing (NLN)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society
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