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
|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
||Master of Science in Nursing, Specializing in Nursing Education/Adult Health
||Bachelor of Science in Nursing
||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