Kristina Thomas Dreifuerst, Ph.D., RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN

Kristina Thomas Dreifuerst
Kristina Thomas Dreifuerst, Ph.D., RN, CNE, ANEF, FAANMarquette University

Clark Hall, 368

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-3817

Professor and Director, Ph.D. Program

Highest Degree and Institution

Ph.D., Indiana University - Indianapolis

Courses Taught

HEAL 8003 Quantitative Research

HEAL 6101 Foundations of Learner Centered Teaching

HEAL 6102 Curriculum Design and Implementation

HEAL 6103 Assessing Learners and Programs

HEAL 6104 Facilitating Learning in Clinical Environments

HEAL 6105 Classroom and Online Teaching

Research Interests

As a pedagogical nurse scientist, Dr. Dreifuerst's program of research is focused on expertise in reflection and becoming a reflective practitioner and includes a) developing, using, and testing innovative teaching methods to improve prelicensure and graduate students’ clinical reasoning skills to be ready for practice, and b) investigating how faculty can best be prepared to use evidence-based methods including simulation and debriefing to enhance teaching and learning.

Professional Affiliations

International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (President 2016-2019)

National League for Nursing

Wisconsin Nurses Association

Midwest Nursing Research Society

International Society for Simulation in Healthcare

Sigma Theta Tau International Society


Certified Nurse Educator


Link to Marquette University E-Publications - Dreifuerst

Honors and Awards

Fellow, (2018) American Academy of Nursing

Distinguished Alumni Award (2018); Luther College, Department of Nursing, Decorah, IA

Outstanding Researcher Award (2017); Midwest Nursing Research Society (Translational Science Research Section)

Fellow, Academy of Nursing Education (2014), National League for Nursing

Debra Spunt Endowed Lectureship (2014), National League for Nursing

The Excellence Award for Creativity and Development of New Materials in the Academic Setting (2013), International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning

Dissertation Award (2011), Midwest Nursing Research Society Nursing Education Research Section

Jonas Scholar, Inaugural Class (2010), National League for Nursing, Jonas Foundation for Nursing Education Research


2022-2025: Senior Research Consultant, (PI:Bradley, C.S. (PI), Flaten, C., (Co-I), Abersold, M.A., Johnson, B.K., Loomis, A.). “The Big 10 Practice-Ready Nursing Initiative.” American Nurses Foundation Re-Imagining Nursing Initiative.

2021-2024: Co-PI US Team; (Fan, J.Y. (PI) Taiwan Team; Taiwan Research Team Members: Liu,Y.M. (Co-I), Chao, L.F.(Co-I),Huang, H.P.(Co-I), Chang, W. (Co-I), Wu, M.L. (Co-I), Ho, L.H. (Co-I). US Research Team Members: Bradley, C.S. (Co-I), Johnson, B.K. (Co-I), Woda, A. (Co-I), Loomis, A.Hansen, J.). “Measuring the Impact of Training on the Use of Debriefing for Meaningful Learning in Taiwan: Faculty and Student Outcomes in a Prelicensure Nursing Program.” Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology International Collaboration Grant, Taoyuan City, Taiwan Republic of China

2020-2023: Co-PI, (McNelis, A.M. (PI), Braungart, C., Beebe, S., Schnable, T., & McDermott, K.) research team members. “Using Screen-Based Virtual Simulation in Family Nurse Practitioner Education.” Center for Regulatory Excellence, National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Chicago, IL.

2019-Pres: PI. “Nurse Faculty Loan Payment.” US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, Washington, DC.

2019-2020: Co-I, (PI: Bradley, C.S., Co-I: Johnson, B.K., Woda, A., Hansen, J., Loomis, A.). “Measuring the Impact of Training on the Use of Debriefing for Meaningful Learning: Faculty and Student Outcomes.” National League for Nursing, Washington, DC.

2019-2020: Co-I, (PI: Woda, A.). “A Pilot Study Testing the Impact of a Train the Trainer Program on the use of Debriefing for Meaningful Learning.” Wallace Research Award, Marquette University College of Nursing, Milwaukee, WI

2018-2019: Consultant, (PI: Young-Brice, A.). “Grit as a Predictor of Academic Success Among Associate Degree Nursing Students.” Ruth Donnelly Corcoran Research Award, National League for Nursing, Washington, DC