Duke University School of Nursing faculty and staff are leaders in healthcare simulation who possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and commitment desired to deliver quality healthcare simulation activities.
Margaret (Midge) Bowers is MSN Assistant Program Director and Lead Faculty of the Adult Nurse Practitioner-Cardiovascular specialty in the School of Nursing MSN program. She is an Associate in the American College of Cardiology, and has over 30 years of experience in cardiac patient care. She holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Medicine as a Nurse Practitioner in Cardiovascular Medicine.
She earned her BSN from Binghamton University in 1981 and her MSN as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in critical care at the Duke University School of Nursing in 1990. She completed a Post-Master’s Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Duke in 1998 and joined the faculty of the School of Nursing in 1998. She earned the DNP degree from the University of Colorado-Denver in 2012.
Midge Bowers focuses her clinical practice on congestive heart failure. She also has extensive clinical experience in cardiology and critical care transport. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty, the Heart Failure Society of America, the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Bowers is principal investigator on a Duke Translational Nursing Institute funded grant for the WEIGH-IN Study, which aims to identify the relationship between daily weights and early symptom recognition in patients with systolic and diastolic heart failure and evaluate the relationship of social support, medication and weight monitoring adherence, and symptom perceptions with heart failure-related hospital readmission and mortality.
Danett Cantey, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE
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.
Dr. Crego is a certified pediatric critical care nurse whose clinical experiences include psychiatric nursing, adult trauma, adult critical care, pediatric intensive care, pediatric critical care transport, and pediatric cardiac intensive care. Dr. Crego earned her BSN and her MSN in Nursing Administration at Barry University (Miami, FL), and she earned her PhD in Nursing at the University of Virginia. She came to the Duke University School of Nursing from the School of Nursing and Health Studies at Georgetown University, where she coordinated undergraduate courses and lectured on topics such as leadership, quality and transition to professional practice as well as care of infants and children. She was recognized for her innovative teaching methods and selected as a Teaching, Learning and Technologies Fellow of the Georgetown University Center for New Designs In Learning and Scholarship.
Dr. Crego’s dissertation research utilized the Pediatric Sedation Research Consortium database to discover sedation practices and examine the influence of different types of sedation providers on adverse events during pediatric sedation; examined the current state of nursing sedation regulation in the US; and made recommendations for evidence-based practice guidelines. Her dissertation, Factors Influencing Pediatric Sedation Safety, received the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award for 2013.
Dr. Rémi Hueckel is Assistant Professor and MSN Assistant Program Director. Before joining the DUSON faculty, Dr. Hueckel was an expert clinician in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and a leader in patient safety and process improvement at Duke Hospital, where she continues to hold a clinical appointment. Rémi is a member of the pediatric critical care nurse practitioner team and continues to be a leader in clinical education and simulation for nurses, residents, fellows and advanced practice nurses in pediatrics and pediatric critical care.
Dr. Hueckel’s clinical experience and interest in patient safety and emergency response teams have allowed her to creatively integrate simulation into the Duke Acute Care PNP management courses and create opportunities for intra-professional collaboration between the ABSN and Acute Care PNP students. She is the president of the North Carolina chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, serves on the Acute Care PNP Exam Committee of the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB), and is a reviewer for Journal of Pediatric Health Care. Dr. Hueckel developed and implemented a professional transition to practice program for ACPNPs at Duke University Health System and has contributed significantly to the advancement of the ACPNP role nationally. In 2014 she was inducted as Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Dr. Hueckel received her BSN from Purdue University. She earned an MSN degree as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and completed post-master’s certificates in the Family Nurse Practitioner and Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specialties at Duke University. She is a 2011 graduate of the Duke DNP program. Dr. Hueckel is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner and as an Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner by the PNCB.
Michele Kuszajewski, DNP, RN, CHSE
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.
Katie works in the Center for Nursing Discovery as a clinical nurse educator in the lab setting. Katie has a strong clinical nursing background in emergency room nursing as well as having worked as an EMT. Past teaching experience includes working as a clinical nurse educator in a hospital setting and teaching American Heart Association ACLS, PALS and BLS. Katie obtained her ASN at Seminole Community College in Lake Mary, Florida, and BSN at the University of Central Florida in Orlando in 2007. Throughout her clinical years in the ED, she developed an interest in and enthusiasm for teaching, resulting in her completion of her MSN in 2014 with a focus in nursing education. She strives to explore best practices to facilitate learning for each individual student.
Margie Molloy, DNP, RN, CNE, CHSE, is an assistant professor and director of the Center for Nursing Discovery (CND) at the Duke University School of Nursing. Prior to her role as CND director, she was a clinical research nurse for a nurse interventionist study at the School from 2006 to 2008 and a transplant/research coordinator at Duke University Medical Center from 2001 to 2006.
She holds a BSN from the State University of New York at Downstate Medical Center, an MSN in nursing education from Wagner College and a DNP from Duquesne University. As CND director she works with faculty to incorporate simulation design, implementation and evaluation into their curricula. She also develops interprofessional collaborative experiences that focus on patient safety, effective teamwork and communication.
In 2015, her team received the BAYADA Award for Technological Innovation in Health Professional Education for the use of Google Glass to enhance the realism of simulation for nursing students. In 2010, her team received a Campus Technology Innovators Award for creative use of social media in education. Her innovative use of telepresence robots for distance-based education has garnered local and national media coverage.
She is a member of the North Carolina Nurses Association, TeamSTEPPS (Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality), the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
Virginia “Chris” Muckler, DNP, CRNA, joined the School of Nursing faculty in July 2012 as Clinical Education Coordinator (CEC) for DUSON’s nurse anesthesia program, a post she held in an interim capacity since Fall 2011. As CEC, Dr. Muckler is responsible for the management of the nurse anesthesia program’s clinical sites and preceptors as well as our CRNA students’ clinical experiences. She will teach a number of nurse anesthesia specialty courses.
After serving on active duty in the United States Air Force, Chris earned a BSN at Auburn University. She completed the MSN at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (in conjunction with the Raleigh School of Nurse Anesthesia), achieved certification as a CRNA, and joined the staff of Durham Regional Hospital in 2002. Since then, she has held managerial and staff positions as a CRNA at Durham Regional, and in those capacities served as a clinical preceptor for Duke nurse anesthesia students long before coming to DUSON.
Dr. Muckler earned her DNP from the Duke University School of Nursing in 2011 with “Focused Anesthesia Interview Resources (FAIR) to Improve Efficiency and Quality” as her capstone project and was a recipient of the Mary Hanna Memorial Journalism Award in 2013 for her work. Her scholarly interests include simulation, verbal care plans, day-of-surgery cancellations and delays, the use and effect of intravenous acetaminophen, and bariatric anesthesia. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, North Carolina Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and Sigma Theta Tau. Dr. Muckler is also a National League for Nursing (NLN) Simulation Leader. This year-long Leadership Development Program for 20 Simulation Educators competitively selected across the nation, participate in the NLN’s faculty leadership development initiative, designed for those interested in assuming a leadership role in the research or administration of simulation programs in nursing education. This program aims to expand the science of nursing education while developing personal leadership skills.
Dr. Trotter is the lead faculty for the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner major. She teaches in the advanced women’s health courses as well as the basic perinatal health course and gynecology content within other courses for all NP students. 50% of her time is clinical practice as a Certified Nurse-Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner in the Duke University Medical Center. She is the senior NP for the benign breast clinic as well as a high-risk breast cancer clinic at the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center. In 2008, she adapted a shared medical appointment model to develop an innovative breast cancer survivor clinic there also.
She received a BSN from George Mason University in 1982, and earned the MSN with a specialty in midwifery at the University of Kentucky in 1988. In 1998, she completed a Post-Master’s Certificate in the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty at the Duke University School of Nursing. She earned her DNP from Duke University School of Nursing in 2012. Before joining the faculty of the Duke University School of Nursing, she held faculty positions with physician resident education in the Department of Family Medicine within the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Medical School and was a full-time primary care provider. She initiated the CenteringPregnancy program at UNC Family Medicine and later assisted in development of the CenteringParenting model at the Centering Healthcare Institute. She has been a consultant to numerous practice sites for the Centering model of care.
Kathy Trotter is a strong clinician with interests in women’s health and families. Her current research focuses on application of group health care models to prenatal care, parenting, and chronic illnesses (particularly breast cancer survivors).