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

Associate 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

My program of research is focused on a) developing, using, and testing innovative teaching methods to improve students’ clinical reasoning skills to be ready for practice, and b) investigating how teachers can best be prepared to use evidence-based methods including simulation and debriefing to enhance clinical teaching.

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


Young-Brice, A., & Dreifuerst, K.T. (2019). Exploring grit among black prelicensure nursing students. Nursing Education Perspectives.

Woda, A., Dreifuerst, K.T., & Garnier-Villarreal, M. (2019). The impact of supplemented simulation on newly licensed registered nurses. Clinical Simulation in Nursing. doi: 10.1016/j.ecns.2018.12.002.

Young-Brice, A., & Dreifuerst, K.T. (2018). Exploration of mindfulness among ethnic minority undergraduate nursing students. Nurse Educator, PAP. doi: 1097/NNE.0000000000000629.

McNelis, A.M., Dreifuerst, K.T., & Schwindt. R. (2018). Educating Nurses for the Faculty Role. Nurse Educator, PAP. doi: 1097/NNE.0000000000000597.

Young-Brice, A., Dreifuerst, K.T., Buseh, A. (2018). Being invisible: Stereotype threat in undergraduate nursing programs. Journal of Nursing Education, 57(3), 159-162. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20180221-06.

Dreifuerst, K.T., Mariani, B., & Gore, T. (2018). Response to ‘ASPiH standards for simulation-based education: process of consultation, design and implementation’ by Purva and Nicklin. British Medical Journal, 4 (3), X. doi: 10.1136/bmjstel-2018-000314.

Bradley, C.S., & Dreifuerst, K.T. (2016). Pilot Testing the Debriefing for Meaningful Learning Evaluation Scale. Clinical Simulation in Nursing. 13(3), 1-4, doi:10.1016/j.ecns.2016.01.008.

Dreifuerst, K.T., McNelis, A.M., Weaver, M.T., Broome, M.E., Draucker, C.B. & Fedko, A.S. (2016). Exploring the Pursuit of Doctoral Education by Nurses Seeking or Intending to Stay in Faculty Roles. Journal of Professional Nursing.32 (2), 202-212, doi:10.1016/j.profnurs.2016.01.014.

Dreifuerst, K.T. (2015). Getting started with debriefing for meaningful learning. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 11(5), 268-275. doi: 10.1016/j.ecns.2015.01.005.

Jeffries, P. R., Dreifuerst, K.T., Kardong-Edgren, S., & Hayden, J. (2015). Faculty development when initiating simulation programs: Lessons learned from the national simulation study. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 5(4), 17-23.

McNelis, A., Ironside, P., Ebright, P., Dreifuerst, K. T., Zvonar, S., & Conner, S. (2014). Learning nursing practice: A multisite, multimethod investigation of clinical education. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 4(4), 30-35.

Dreifuerst, K.T. (2012). Using debriefing for meaningful learning to foster development of clinical reasoning in simulation. Journal of Nursing Education, 51(4), 3-11, doi: 10.3928/01484834-20120409-02.

Dreifuerst, K.T. (2010). Debriefing for meaningful learning: Fostering development of clinical reasoning through simulation. (Order No. 3617512, Indiana University). ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, 212. Retrieved from (1527174151).

Dreifuerst, K.T. (2009). The essentials of debriefing in simulation learning: A concept analysis. Nursing Education Perspectives, 30(2), 109–114.

Book Chapters

Frenn, M. & Dreifuerst, K.T. (2018). The Use of the Core Competencies of Nurse Educators: A Review of Literature. In J.A. Halstead & B. Patterson (Eds.) Nurse Educator Competencies: Creating an Evidence-Based Practice for Nurse Educators (2nd Edition). New York: The National League for Nursing.

Dreifuerst, K.T. (2017). Forward. In S.G. Forneris and M. Fey (Eds.) Critical Conversations. New York: The National League for Nursing.

Awarded a 1st Place in 2018 AJN Book of the Year in the Category of Nursing Education/Continuing Education/Professional

Jeffries, P.R., Dreifuerst, K.T. & Adamson, K. (2017). Simulation. In M.H. Oermann (Ed.) Teaching in Nursing: The Complete Guide (2nd Edition). New York: Springer Publishing.

Armstrong, G., Dreifuerst, K.T., Horton-Deutsch, S. & Sherwood, G. (2017). Reflection in Clinical Contexts: Collaboration, Learning and Evaluation. In G. Sherwood & S. Horton-Deutsch (Eds.) Reflective Practice (2nd Edition), Indianapolis: Sigma Theta Tau.

Dreifuerst, K.T. & Bradley, C.S. (2015). Transformation of teaching and learning through debriefing for meaningful learning. In G. Sherwood & S. Horton-Deutsch, (Eds.) Reflective organizations: On the frontlines to transform education and practice. Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta Tau International.

Dreifuerst, K.T., Horton-Deutsch, S. & Henao, H. (2014). Meaningful debriefing. In P.J. Jeffries (Ed.) Clinical Simulations in Nursing Education: Advanced Concepts, Trends, and Opportunities. Washington, DC: National League for Nursing.

Jeffries, P.R., Dreifuerst, K.T., Aschenbrenner, D., Adamson, K. & Parsons Shram, A. (2013). Simulation. In M.H. Oermann (Ed.) Teaching in Nursing: The Complete Guide. New York: Springer Publishing.

Dreifuerst, K.T., & Decker, S. (2012). Debriefing: An Essential Component for Learning in Simulation Pedagogy. In P.R. Jeffries (Ed.) Simulation in nursing education: From conceptualization to evaluation (2nd Edition), New York: The National League for Nursing. Awarded a 2013 AJN Book of the Year in the Category of Nursing Education.

Decker, S. & Dreifuerst, K.T. (2012). Integrating guided reflection into simulated learning experiences. In P.R. Jeffries (Ed.) Simulation in nursing education: From conceptualization to evaluation (2nd Edition), New York: The National League for Nursing. Awarded a 2013 AJN Book of the Year in the Category of Nursing Education.

Jeffries, P.R., Aschenbrenner, D., Dreifuerst, K.T., Hensel, D., Keenan, C., & Vazanno, J. (2012). Using Simulation to Increase Clinical Reasoning and Judgment. In K.H. Frith and D.J. Clark (Eds.) Distance Education in Nursing (3rd. Edition), New York: Springer Publishing.

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


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

Co-PI, Sigma Theta Tau International (2017-2018) Exploring the Impact of Simulation on Knowledge Gain Regarding the Care of the Patient with Diabetes. Woda, A. (PI), Hansen, J.L., Co-PI

P.I., National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Center for Regulatory Excellence Grant (2017-2019); National Study of Clinical Education in Family Nurse Practitioner Programs. Spurlock, D. & McNelis, A.M. (Co-PI’s)

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