Staff Directory

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    Nicole (Nikki) Petsas Blodgett, PhD, RN, CHSE

    Nicole (Nikki) Petsas Blodgett, PhD, RN, CHSE

    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Nikki Blodgett, PhD, RN, CHSE, is the Director of the Center for Nursing Discovery (CND) and an Assistant Professor at the Duke University School of Nursing. As the CND Director, she works with faculty to incorporate standards of best practices in simulation into their courses, helps to design, implement and evaluate student learning in a safe environment.

    Dr. Blodgett earned her Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing from Marycrest International University (BSN, 2000), her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Iowa College of Nursing with a focus on Occupational & Environmental Health (MSN, 2003), and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from The University of Iowa College of Nursing with a focus on Adult & Gerontological Nursing (PhD, 2014). She is an International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning Research Fellow (IN-ACSL, 2018-2019). Dr. Blodgett and colleagues developed the Simulation Workload Model that provided key conceptual underpinnings of workload determinants for faculty engaged in simulation-based teaching methods. She has published in peer-reviewed journals, presented at national and international conferences, and received awards recognizing the significance and high quality of her work.

    Dr. Blodgett is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), and serves on the INACSL's Nominations and Election Committee.

    Office: 2120 Pearson Building
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    Michele Kuszajewski, DNP, RN, CHSE

    Michele Kuszajewski, DNP, RN, CHSE

    Assistant Director, Center for Nursing Discovery

    Dr. Michele Kuszajewski DNP, RN, CHSE is the Assistant Director of the Center for Nursing Discovery (CND) at the Duke University School of Nursing. As the Assistant Director of the CND, Dr Kuszajewski’ s manages the day to day operations of the CND as well as collaborates with the advanced practice faculty on the integration of simulation based education into the clinical courses across the graduate curriculum of the Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Anesthesia Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. Dr. Kuszajewski works diligently with the faculty to increase the realism of the course scenarios including the use of telepresence and standardized patients across all programs at DUSON.

    Dr. Kuszajewski began her nursing career as a graduate of the Shadyside Hospital School of Nursing (Diploma, 1987) and advanced her education by earning her Bachelors of Science of Nursing from Slippery Rock University (BSN,1989) and a Master of Science in Nursing/ Clinical Nurse Specialist from the University of Pittsburgh (MSN, 2004). As a CNS, Dr. Kuszajewski worked clinically to improve patient outcomes in the emergency setting through the simulation education and training of emergency personnel in the both the emergency department and in air medical transport. Dr. Kuszajewski completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at the University of Pittsburgh (DNP, 2015), which included a focus in healthcare simulation debriefing and curricular design. She has published in peer-reviewed journals, and presented at several national and international conferences.

    Dr. Kuszajewski is a member of International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), National League for Nursing (NLN) and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) serves on several SSH committees/ councils in the areas of education, accreditation and certification.

    Office: 2119 Pearson Building
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    Danett Cantey, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE

    Danett Cantey, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE

    Clinical Nurse Educator

    Danett Cantey, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE is a Clinical Nurse Educator in the CND and works closely with faculty to design and implement skills training and simulation based learning activities across the ABSN program.

    Danett earned her Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN, 1999) and Master of Science in Nursing in nursing education (MSN, 2007) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Prior to joining academia, Danett practiced in the acute, ambulatory and primary care settings with adult and pediatric patients. She’s passionate about working with prelicensure students and helping them to become competent nurses who will deliver compassionate, safe and quality nursing care. Her professional interests include recruiting and promoting diversity in nursing and improving teamwork and communication by providing TeamSTEPPS education across all nursing programs. Danett has published in peer-reviewed journals, and presented at both national and international conferences.

    Danett is an American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructor and teaches often in the community. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, North Carolina Nurses Association, International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), National League for Nursing (NLN) and serves on INACSL’s Awards and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committees.

    Office: 2070A Pearson Building
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    Dana Convoy, BSN, RN, CEN

    Dana Convoy, MSN, RN, CEN

    Clinical Instructor

    Dana Convoy MSN, RN, CEN is a Clinical Lab Instructor in the CND supporting skills training and simulation based learning activities in the ABSN program. Dana joined the CND after retiring from the United States Navy with more than 20 years of service. Dana enlisted in the United States Navy (1992) and worked four years as a Hospital Corpsman. Her clinical practice included emergency nursing across the United States Navy (Camp Lester Okinawa Japan, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Virginia, Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune, Naval Hospital Jacksonville Florida, and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center). Through the Navy Nurse Corps, Dana was a certified BLS, ACLS, PALS and the Emergency Severity Index (ESI) Triage instructor.

    Dana earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (BSN, 2001) through the Navy's Nurse Candidate program and completed her Master of Science in Nursing in nursing education (MSN, 2020) from Liberty University. Prior to joining the CND, Dana taught at a local community college as lead instructor for a Certified Nursing Assistant II program. Dana is a Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN), member of International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). Dana is pursing certification as a Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE).

    Office: 2064C Pearson Building
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    Jamie Mancuso

    Jamie Mancuso, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC

    Clinical Instructor

    Jamie Mancuso, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC is a Consulting Associate for the CND and supports skills training and simulation based learning activities in various courses in the ABSN program.

    Jamie began her nursing career as a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurse as a graduate of Guilford Community College (ADN, 1998). After 5 years, she moved to the Raleigh-Durham area and transferred to the NICU at Duke University Medical Center where she began to hone her leadership skills through precepting, charge nurse and Duke Health System committee work.  
     
    After transitioning to the Pediatric Float Pool at Duke, Jamie returned to school, earning her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (BSN, 2017), and her Master of Science of Nursing at Duke University School of Nursing (MSN, 2020) . When not at DUSON, Jamie works part-time as a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in school-based health. She currently serves as a board member of the NC Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) and is an active member of the Durham Public Schools School Health Advisory Council.  
     
    Jamie shares her pediatric expertise with ABSN students through simulation experiences and teaching hands on skills in the CND. Jamie plans to pursue certification as a Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE).

    Office: 2115 Pearson Building
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    Raymond Brisson III, CHSOS

    Raymond Brisson III, CHSOS

    Technical Operations Coordinator

    Raymond Brisson III, CHSOS is the Technical Operations Coordinator for the CND. Raymond is responsible for maintaining the technology in the lab, including routine maintenance and updates on the high-fidelity manikins, multiple computers/stations, telepresence robots and video recording equipment. Raymond is a vital member of the simulation planning meetings across all nursing programs to determine the best use of technology/ modalities in simulation based learning activities. Raymond works closely with the Director of the CND in the development and management of the CND’s master calendar and with the Assistant Director in planning of the MSN Nurse Practitioner Intensives. As a CHSOS, Raymond excels in technology, operations, and logistics and is certified to develop and manage the CND’s electronic health record training environment (Epic).

    Raymond attended the College of Idaho, where he studied social sciences. At DUSON, Raymond has served for several years on the Staff and Workplace Advocacy Council where he advocates for inclusive work environments. Raymond is a member of the Simulation for Society in Healthcare (SSH) and SimGHOSTS and has published in peer review journals and presented innovative simulation technology concepts at both International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) and SimOps.

    Office: 2134 Pearson Building
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    Tiffiany Parker

    Tiffiany Parker

    Senior Program Coordinator, MSN Program

    Tiffiany Parker is a Simulation Technology Specialist in the CND. Tiffany’s daily responsibilities include maintaining the lab technology, video recording simulation activities and supporting virtual learning for distanced-based students. Tiffiany is vital in the maintenance of the CND’s technology/ resources by completing preventative maintenance on the manikins, software updates on the various manikins and computers in the CND. Tiffiany also assists with the setup/breakdown of multiple simulation and lab activities.

    Prior to joining the CND, Tiffiany worked as a Staff Assistant at DUSON for over six years and served 4 years active duty in the United States Air Force in transportation and logistics.

    Tiffiany is a member of SimGHOSTS and has presented technology innovation at SimOps. Tiffiany is currently pursuing certification as a Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist (CHSOS).

     

    Office: 2031 Pearson Building
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    Nashonda Thomas, RMA

    Nashonda Thomas, RMA

    Staff Assistant

    NaShonda Thomas, RMA serves as the CND’s Staff Assistant. With her background as a medical assistant, Nashonda ensures the CND has the appropriate equipment and supplies ready for daily operations. NaShonda is instrumental in organization of supplies, assisting with simulation technology, and the setup/breakdown of classroom and simulation activities. She helps with scheduling, giving tours, and welcoming all students and visitors to the CND. In addition, NaShonda orients and coordinates the daily tasks/ projects of the Duke Student workers and high school interns assigned to the CND.

    NaShonda earned an Associate Degree in Health Science (AD, 2010) from Medical Careers Institute. In her previous clinical experience, she worked as a registered medical assistant in the Duke University Healthcare System at the Duke Pain Clinic. NaShonda is member of SimGHOSTS, and has presented simulation innovation and logistics at SimOps. NaShonda attends Durham Technical Community College and plans to pursue a degree in nursing.

    Office: 2100 Pearson Building
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