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 an Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Nursing Discovery (CND) 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, 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

    Michele began her nursing career as a graduate of the Shadyside Hospital School of Nursing (1987) and advanced her education by earning her Bachelors of Science of Nursing from Slippery Rock University (1989) and a Master of Science in Nursing/Clinical Nurse Specialist from the University of Pittsburgh (2004). Michele is a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) with emergency, critical care and flight nursing experience. As a CNS, Michele has worked clinically to improve patient outcomes in the emergency setting through the simulation education and training of emergency nurses and paramedics in the emergency department as well as in air medical transport.

    In 2014, Michele joined the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) as the Assistant Director of the simulation lab with primary focus on integrating simulation into the clinical courses across the various specialties of the Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Anesthesia Doctor of Nursing Practice program through collaboration with the advanced practice faculty. Michele has worked diligently with the faculty to increase the realism of the course scenarios including the use of telepresence as well as standardized patients across all programs at DUSON. In April 2015, Michele completed her DNP at the University of Pittsburgh, which included a focus in healthcare simulation including debriefing and curricular design. Michele is a member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) and is very active in several SSH committees in the areas of education, accreditation and certification.

    Office: 2136 Pearson Building
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    Danett Cantey, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE

    Danett Cantey, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE

    Clinical Nurse Educator

    Danett is a liaison for ABSN students and faculty. As a clinical nurse educator, she often teaches and facilitates skills and simulations. She graduated with a BSN degree in 1999 and an MSN degree in nursing education in 2007, both from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has practiced nursing in acute, ambulatory and primary care settings with adult and pediatric patients. Prior to teaching in the skills and simulation lab at Duke School of Nursing, she taught classroom, lab and clinical for five years in the nursing department at Johnston Community College in Smithfield, N.C. She’s a member of the North Carolina Nurses Association, National League for Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau. She’s passionate about working with nursing students and helping them to become competent nurses who will deliver compassionate, safe and quality nursing care. Her professional interests include simulation and debriefing methodologies and recruiting and promoting diversity in nursing education. Danett is an American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructor, a Certified Nurse Educator and a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator.

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

    Dana Convoy, MSN, RN, CEN

    Clinical Instructor

    Dana Convoy comes to the Center for Nursing Discovery as a clinical nurse educator with 20 years of military experience and is currently a drilling reservist in the United States Navy. She enlisted into the United States Navy in 1992 and worked four years as a Hospital Corpsman. She continued her education and earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington through the Navy's Nurse Candidate program. She has worked in many emergency rooms across the United States Navy to include 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 and continues to maintain her certification in emergency nursing. Through the Navy Nurse Corps, she has had the privilege of teaching BLS, ACLS, PALS and the Emergency Severity Index. Most recently, she has taught at a local community college as lead instructor for a Certified Nursing Assistant II program where she realized she wanted to go back to school to learn how to be a better educator. Dana is currently a student herself at Liberty University pursuing a master's in nursing education and is excited to learn from the many educators and students at the Duke School of Nursing.

    Office: 2064C Pearson Building
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    Raymond Brisson III, CHSOS

    Raymond Brisson III, CHSOS

    Technical Operations Coordinator

    Raymond attended the College of Idaho, where he studied social sciences. Raymond joined the CND team in 2013. In his role as the simulation technology specialist, Raymond is responsible for maintaining the technology in the lab, including routine maintenance and updates on the high-fidelity manikins, multiple computers, telepresence robots and video recording equipment. Raymond is a vital member of the simulation planning meetings with faculty and CND staff to determine the best use of technology in all of the CND simulation activities. Raymond's responsibilities also include the management of the CND’s master calendar. He is an active member of the Simulation for Society in Healthcare and SimGHOSTS. In 2020, Raymond passed the certified healthcare simulation operations specialist exam.

    Office: 2134 Pearson Building
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    Tiffiany Parker

    Tiffiany Parker

    Simulation Technology Specialist

    Tiffiany Parker has been at the School of Nursing as a Staff Assistant for over six years with her first position in the Center for Nursing Discovery as a temp. In October 2019, Tiffiany joined the CND full-time as the Simulation Technology Specialist. Tiffiany's daily responsibilities include maintaining the technology in the lab, recording simulations and supporting telepresence robots for distanced-based students. She also does routine updates on the computers and maintenance of high-fidelity manikins and assists with setup and breakdown of classroom activities.

    Office: 2115 Pearson Building
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    Nashonda Thomas, RMA

    Nashonda Thomas, RMA

    Staff Assistant

    NaShonda graduated from Medical Careers Institute in 2010 with an associate's degree in health science. She has worked in the clinical setting at Duke Health since 2010. As a staff assistant NaShonda ensures that the daily operations of the Center for Nursing Discovery (CND) are flowing. This includes scheduling and giving tours as well as welcoming all students and visitors to the department. NaShonda is instrumental in maintaining the instructional supplies as well as assisting with simulation technology and the setup and breakdown of classrooms and simulation activities. NaShonda’s background as a registered medical assistant has made her an asset to the CND team. NaShonda is currently attending Durham Technical Community College and pursuing her dream of becoming a registered nurse.

    Office: 2100 Pearson Building
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