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Valerie M. Howard, Ed.D., M.S.N,R.N.
Dean, School of Nursing & Health Sciences (School of Nursing and Health Sciences)
Professor of Nursing (Nursing)
howardv@rmu.edu
412-397-6801 phone (M)
412-397-3277 fax
John Jay 219


Educational Background

  • Doctorate of Education, Higher Ed Administration, University of Pittsburgh, 2007
  • Master of Science in Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, 1995

Professional Background

  • Emergency Nursing
  • The use of Simulation as a teaching methodology
  • Critical Care Nursing

Area of Expertise/Research

  • Simulation
  • Faculty Mentoring
  • Nursing Education
  • TeamSTEPPS Team Training

Publications

  • Kameg, K., Englert, N., Perozzi, K. & Howard, V, (in press). Fusion of Psychiatric and Medical High Fideltiy Patient Simulation Scenarios: Effect on Nursing Student Knowledge, Retention of Knowledge, and Perception. Issues in Mental Health Nursing.
  • Boese, T., Howard, V., & Edgren, S. (in press) Chapter 7 Standards of Best Practice in Defining Excellence in Simulation Programs; Society for Simulation in Healthcare Publishing.
  • Howard, V. (2013). President's Message: Satisfy your THIRST for Simulation Educational Research, Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 9(2), 37-38.
  • Howard, V., Leighton, K., & Gore, T. (2013). Chapter 29: Simulation in Graduate Education in Health Informatics: An Interprofessional Approach (Nelson, R. & Staggers, N.) Elsevier Publishing Company (pp 454-471).
  • However, V. (2013). Chapter 3 Developing Scenarios in Mastering Simulation: A Handbook for Success (Ulrich, B. & Mancini, B.) Sigma Theta Tau International Publishing Company.
  • Howard, V. (2012). President's Message: State of the Nursing Science Review of the National League for Nursing - Jeffries Simulation Framework: YOUR Help is Needed!, Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 8(2), 37.
  • Howard, V. (2012). President's Message: Interprofessional Education and Healthcare Simulation Symposium, Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 8(3), 77. 
  • Howard, V. (2012). High Fidelity in Nursing Education. Minority Nurse, Winter, 32-35.
  • Walter Eppich, MD, MEd; Valerie Howard, EdD, RN; John Vozenilek, MD; Ian Curran, BSc, AKC, MBBS, FRCA, Pg Dip Med Ed (hons), FFPMR (2011) Simulation Based Interventions for Team Learning in Heatlhcare. Simulation in Healthcare.
  • Howard, V., Englert, N. Kameg, K., & Perozzi, K. (2011). Integration of Simulation Across the Curriculum: Student and Faculty Perspectives. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 7, 1-10.
  • Larson, M, Nourse, M.E., Howard, V., & Ross, D. (2011). Health Literacy, Clear Communication Prompting, and Clinicians' Self-Reported Responses. Federal Practitioner, 28(8), 10-15.
  • Dobbin, K. & Howard, V. (2011). Listen Closely to Detect Health Care Associated Pneumonia. Nursing 2011. 41(7), 59-62.
  • The INACSL Board of Directors (2011, August). Standards for Best Practice: Simulation. Clinical Simulation in Nursing Supplement Issue, 7(45), s3-s7.
  • Howard, V., Ross, C., Mitchell, A., & Nelson, G. (2010). Human Paitnet Simulators and Interactive Case Studies - A Comparative Analysis of Learning Outcomes and Student Perceptions. Computers, Informatics, and Nursing (CIN). 28(1), 42-48.
  • Kameg, K., Howard, V., Clochesy, J., Mitchell, A.M. & Suresky, J. (2010). Impact of high fidelity human simulation on self-efficacy of communication skills. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 31, 315-323.
  • Dobbin, K. & Howard, V. (2009). Understanding Empyema. Nursing 2009, 39(6), 56cc 1-5.
  • Kameg, K, Mitchell, A., Clochesy, J., Howard, V. & Suresky, J. (2009). Communication and Human Patient Simulation in Psychiatric Nursing, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 30(8), 503-508.
  • Zellers, D, Howard, V, Barcic, M (2008). Faculty Mentoring Programs: Re-envisioning rather than reinventing the wheel. Review of Educational Research. (September, 2008).
  • Zalice, K., Perozzi, K., Howard, V. (2008). Methamphetamine Abuse, Pregnancy, and Treatment Considerations. The American Journal for Nurse Practitioners. 7(9), 26.
  • Perozzi, K., Zalice, K, Howard, V. (2007). HSV: What you need to know to care for your pregnant patient. The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 32(6), 345-351.
  • Howard, V., Tasota, F. (2004). How to spell relief for the nursing shortage: S-T-U-D-E-N-T-S. Nursing 2004, 34(9).
  • Howard, V. Tasota, F. (2001). Assessing for Rhabdomyolysis. Nursing 2001, 31(9), 70.
  • Holley-Jones, M., Howard, V., Siegfried, C., Trautman, D. (1995). Cardio-pulmonary bypass in the successful resuscitation of a 25 year old female. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 19(5), 377-379.

Presentations

  • 2001 - Creating a Winning Clinical Environment Poster Presentation: Nursing Education Conference; Philadelphia, PA
  • 2003 - The Use of the Teaching Portfolio to Promote Excellence in Baccalaureate Education: AACN Baccalaureate Education Conference: San Antonio, TX
  • 2004 - Using an Interdisciplinary Approach to Promote Excellence in Baccalaureate Nursing Education: Poster Presentation - AACN Baccalaureate Education Conference: Sunny Isles, FL
  • 2006 - Delivering Online Ethics to Traditional and Accelerated BSN Students: Strategies for Success: Poster Presentation ? Technology, Creativity and Innovation Conference ? Villanova University College of Nursing ? Philadelphia, PA
  • 2006 - On the Road (again) to Academic Integrity: Faculty in the drivers seat. Presented with J. Corinth, Center for Academic Integrity International Conference, Boulder, CO.
  • 2007 - It's all in the Message: Convincing Our Communities that Integrity Matters-Panel Presentation with J. Corinth, Quinnipiac University and University of Maryland, Center for Academic Integrity International Conference, Newport News, VA
  • 2007 - Transitioning to Technology, Invited Speaker ? AACN Faculty Development Conference; Houston, TX
  • 2007 - The use of computerized testing to measure learning outcomes of human patient simulation. Invited speaker ? Mosby Faculty Development Institute, San Diego, CA.
  • 2008 - Case Study or Patient Simulaton? Learning Outcomes Utilizing Computer Assessment and Evaluation ? Technologic Innovations in Nursing Education Conference, Drexel University, Hilton Head, SC
  • 2008 - Transitioning to Technology, Invited Speaker ? AACN Faculty Development Conference, Nashville, TN
  • 2008 - Case Study or Patient Simulaton? Learning Outcomes Utilizing Computer Assessment and Evaluation ? Peer Reviewed Podium Presentation -Technologic Innovations in Nursing Education Conference, Drexel University, Hilton Head, SC
  • 2008 - Simulation: Head to Head with other educational methods, Invited Speaker, WISER Institute Symposium on Nursing Simulation, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2008 - Its all in the Message: Convincing our Communities that Integrity Matters?Invited Speaker, Center for Academic Integrity ? International Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC.
  • 2008 - Simulation: It?s not for dummies!, Invited Speaker; Elsevier E3 Educational Event for Nurse Educators, New York, NY.
  • 2008 - A COMPARISON OF EDUCATIONAL STRATEGIES FOR THE ACQUISITION OF MEDICAL-SURGICAL NURSING KNOWLEDGE AND CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS: HUMAN PATIENT SIMULATOR VS. THE INTERACTIVE CASE STUDY APPROACH. Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Research Poster Presentation. San Diego, CA.
  • 2008 - Enhancing eEducation through eEvaluation with Evolve Reach Exams, Panel Presentation, Sigma Theta Tau International 19th Annual Research Congress Focusing on Evidence Based Practice, Singapore
  • 2008 - It's all in the Message: Convincing our Communities that Integrity Matters-Invited Speaker, Center for Academic Integrity International Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC.
  • 2009 - Creating Leadership Buy-In: Concept to Return-on-Investment (ROI), Peer Reviewed Presentation; Presented with Dr. Ben Berg and Dr. Paul Phrampus, WISER Nursing Simulation Symposium, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2009 - Simulation: It?s not for dummies!, Invited Speaker; Elsevier E3 Educational Event for Nurse Educators, Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2009 - Simulation: It?s not for dummies!, Invited Speaker; Elsevier E3 Educational Event for Nurse Educators, Galen, KY.
  • 2009 - Teaching the Use of the Electronic Health Record, Invited Speaker, Contemporary Forums Emerging Technologies Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • 2009 - Simulation or Case Study Approach: Measuring Learning Outcomes and Critical Thinking with Computerized Testing, Peer Reviewed Podium Presentation, International Nursing Simulation/Learning Resource Conference (INACSL), St. Louis, MO
  • 2009 - Developing a Simulation Lab: Steps to Success, Invited Speaker, Mosby Faculty Development Institute, 2 hour workshop, Orlando, FL
  • 2009 - The Use of High Fidelity Human Patient Simulators for Teaching and Competency Testing in NP- DNP Programs: Peer Reviewed Podium Presentation, Drexel Sponsored Doctorate of Nursing Practice Conference, Hilton Head, SC.
  • 2010 - STRIVE for Success: A Model for Successful Development and Expansion of a Simulation Center and Educational Program; Peer Reviewed Presentation; International Nursing Simulation / Learning Resource Centers Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
  • 2010 - Ask the Experts: Academic Simulation 101: Where do I start?, Invited Speaker, Panel Discussion; International Nursing Simulation / Learning Resource Centers Conference, Las Vegas, NV
  • 2010 - Creating Leadership Buy-In: Concept to Return-on-Investment (ROI), 4 hour Workshop presented with Dr. Bill Dunn, Dr. Ben Berg and Dr. Paul Phrampus, International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH); Phoenix, AZ.
  • 2010 - Simulation and the Importance in Nursing Education, Invited Speaker; Elsevier E3 Educational Event for Nurse Educators, Atlanta, GA.
  • 2010 - Simulation Strategies and the NCLEX? Test Plan: A Blueprint for Success; Invited Speaker; NCLEX Nuts and Bolts Conference; Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • 2010 - Implementing a Learning System for your Simulation Program; Invited Speaker; WISER Nursing Simulation Symposium; Pittsburgh, PA.
  • 2011 - Simulation Themes and Variations; Peer Reviewed Presentation with Donna McDermott; International meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH); New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • 2011 - Simulation Learning in Teams, Co-Presenter with Dr. I. Curran and Dr. W. Eppich for Society for Simulation in Healthcare: State of the Science; 1st Research Consensus Summit; International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH); New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • 2011 - Simulation Based Education: A Nursing Model, Expert Panel; International meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH); New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • 2011 - Clash of the Titans: Quantitative vs. Qualitative Research, Expert Panel substitute; International meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH); New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • 2011 - Meet the SimPros-Simulation for the Masses, Interprofessional Expert Panel; International meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH); New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • 2011 - Leadership in Simulation, 4 hour Workshop presented with Dr. B. Berg and Dr. P. Phrampus, International meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH); New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • 2011 - Fastpass to a New Frontierland: Using Current Evidence to Guide Curricular Integration of Simulation Experiences, Peer-Reviewed Poster Presentation with Simulation Specialist, Janice Sarasnick; International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning Conference, Orlando, Fl.
  • 2011 - Standards for Simulation: INACSL, American Association of Colleges of Nursing Webinar
  • 2011 - Standards for Simulation: INACSL, Quest for Excellence Nursing Simulation Conference; Hagerstown, MD.
  • 2011 - Assessment Tools: Checklists, YES or NO, Invited Facilitator with Dr. B. Berg; WISER Nursing Simulation Symposium; Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2011 - Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo! Student Workers will Transform You!; Peer-Reviewed Poster Presentation with Graduate Student, D. McDermott, and Undergraduate Students, A. Hebb & A. Newton; International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning Conference, Orlando, Fl.
  • 2012 - "Enhancing Your Simulation: Building Supplemental Course Materials":. Invited speaker with B. Berg and M. Kelly, WISER Nursing Simulation Symposium, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2012 - "INACSL Standards: What They Mean to You as a Simulation Educator". Invited speaker, WISER Nursing Simulation Symposium, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2012 - "INACSL Standards of Best Practice: Simulation", Peer-reviewed presentation with Dr. Teresa Gore; International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH); San Diego, CA.
  • 2012 - "Grant Writing for your Simulation Program",with T. Gregory, 4 Hour Pre-Conference Workshop; International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) Conference; San Antonio, TX
  • 2012 - "Healthcare Leadership and Teams on the RISE", Workshop and Presentation with J. Sarasnick; One Young World Global Leadership Summit; Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2012 - "INACSL Standards: A Demonstration Project", Workshop with Dr. T. Gore; Swiss Conference for Patient Simulation in Healthcare; Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 2012 - "INACSL Standards and STRIVE Create a Framework for Simulation Success", Invited Speaker for Mosby?s Contemporary Forum Conference, Las Vagas, NV
  • 2013 - "Integrating INACSL Standards in Your Curriculum", Presented at the Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) conference; Harrogate, United Kingdom
  • 2013 - "Strategic Planning and Sustainability for Simulation Organizations"; Presented jointly with S. Brien MD & V. Naik MD (Royal College of Surgeons-Canada) and C. Durham (INACSL) for Global Network for Simulation in Healthcare Meeting; Paris, France
  • 2012 - "The Given Circumstances? Model for SP Training: Theater and Nursing Unite!", Peer Reviewed Podium Presentation with Dr. Ken Gargaro & D. McDermott; International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) Conference; San Antonio, TX
  • 2013 - "Integrating Simulation in Nursing Education", Laerdal SUN Presentation, Indianapolis, IN
  • 2013 - "The use of simulation to promote Teamwork and IPE", Drexel Simulation in Nursing Education Conference, Clearwater, FL
  • 2013 - "Simulation Integrating TeamSTEPPS Concepts", Invited Speaker, Elsevier Contemporary Forums Faculty Development Conference, Las Vegas, NV
  • 2013 - "Interprofessional Education: New Issues and Opportunities", Invited Main Speaker, Elsevier Contemporary Forums Faculty Development Conference, Las Vegas, NV
  • 2014 - "State of the Science: Simulation, Interprofessional Education and Teamwork", Endnote Presentation; Georgia Association for Nurse Educators (GANE) Conference; Atlanta, GA
  • 2014 - "Linking Academic Programs, Healthcare Organizations, and Simulation Centers for Process Improvement in Long Term Care"; Peer reviewed presentation Howard, EdD, Angelelli,PhD,& Mihaljevic, DNP (c), at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare; San Francisco, CA
  • 2014 - "Building Bridges between Academia and Service: Successful Simulation Based IPE Team Training Projects", Peer reviewed presentation Howard, EdD, Hagberg, MD, Gehring, DNP(c), Rahman, MD, & Jenkins, DO, at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare; San Francisco, CA

Schedule of Courses
Schedule Book for All Active and Available Future Terms, Valerie


Spring 2014
Course-SectionTimeDaysLocInstructorSessionSeats
  • NURS4035-B
  • 01:00-02:50 PM RMHoward1 (01/13-05/03/14)19 Seats
  • NURS4035-A
  • 01:00-02:50 PM TMHoward1 (01/13-05/03/14)11 Seats

    Fall 2014
    Course-SectionTimeDaysLocInstructorSessionSeats
  • HSAM6400-L1
  • -ONLINEFHoward4 (10/18-12/13/14) Seats
  • NURS4035-A
  • 07:45-09:35 AM TMHoward1 (08/25-12/13/14)16 Seats

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