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Rosanna Henry

Instructor and Director of Learning and Simulation Center
School of Nursing

502 B Fisher Hall 512 Libermann Hall
Phone: 412.396.6120


MSN, Nursing, The Pennsylvania State University, 1986
BSN, Nursing, Carlow University,

Rosanna Henry has been at Duquesne University for 16 years. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Carlow University and a Master of Science in Nursing at The Pennsylvania State University. Her areas of concentrations included Older Adult Health and Nursing Education. As the Director of the newly opened Learning and Simulation Center and as an Instructor, she has taught a variety of courses and clinical labs such as Nursing Technologies, Fundamentals of Nursing, Medical -Surgical Nursing, Gerontological Nursing, Health Assessment, NCLEX Preparation, and Human Growth and Development. Responsibilities include the education of undergraduate students in the classroom, clinical and simulation lab settings, and as the online administrator for the critical thinking and NCLEX preparation testing programs.

Professor Henry's interests have been in the area of clinical skill acquisition and clinical simulation. She received her initial simulation training under the direction of Dr. Lori Schumacher of the Medical College of Georgia. She has attended numerous workshops and conferences to enhance her knowledge of clinical simulation in nursing. Professor Henry has applied years of leadership and simulation experience and led the design, construction and development of a new state of the art facility. She has worked with senior administrators, architects, project managers, vendors and donors to develop this entirely new facility with the latest technologies, advanced recording systems and high fidelity simulators.

Professor Henry has also developed and implemented many nursing simulations. She is responsible for overseeing all activities of the center. The center currently sees approximately 500 undergraduate and 100 graduate nursing students per semester for scheduled laboratory experiences, simulation activities, skills competencies, clinical make up and open lab sessions. Her responsibilities also include interfacing both full and part time faculty teaching in the center. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International, Delta Epsilon Sigma, and the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation in Nursing, The Society for Simulation in Healthcare, The National League for Nursing, and has presented at numerous nursing national and international conferences.


Research Interests


Skill Acquisition

Predicting Success on the NCLEX RN Licensure Exams for Graduates of an Integrated Community-Based BSN Curriculum - Joan Lockhart, Project Coordinator.

Dean, B. (PI), Larew, C., Simko, L., Goodfellow, L., & Henry, R. Evaluation of the Synergy Model-Simulation Appraisal Tool (SM-SAT), American Nurses Foundation Anne Zimmerman Nursing Scholar Grant, $1400.00. Oct 2009-Oct 2010

Product Development

Co developed a Lab Scheduling Tool. This is an Excel based document to facilitate the scheduling of multiple simulations, levels of students, room assignment, etc. Also utilized as a means to capture number of student hours spent in the simulation lab as well as the skills lab. This tool has received a patent with possible distribution and sale.


Poster Presentations

Accepted for presentation 11th Annual International Simulation/Learning Resource Centers Conference June 2012:

Hypertension in Pregnancy: A Community Simulation. Abstract submitted with Maureen Leonardo and Yvonne Weideman.

Facilitating Independent and Peer learning Through a Cross-Level Mass Causality Simulation Experience. Abstract submitted with Diane Colizza, Charles Larew and Bernie Clark.

Evaluation of the Synergy Model-Simulation Appraisal Tool (SM-SAT).Abstract submitted with Bonnie Dean, Linda Goodfellow, Charles Larew, and Lynn Simko.

Sextasy in the Simulation Lab: Incorporating Substance Abuse Content into Clinical Scenarios. Charles Larew and Debra Lewis.

Pediatric Simulations: A Safe Place to Practice.SPN Conference, March 2011. Co-presented Debra Lewis and Charles Larew.

Clinical Simulation: More Than Just The Scenario. Co-presented with Charles Larew and Debra Lewis. 9th Annual International Nursing Simulation/Learning Resource Centers Conference June 2010.

Got Beer? Integrating Substance Abuse Concepts Into a High Fidelity Acute Care Post Op Simulation. Co-presented with Carolyn Griffin and Diane Colizza. 9th Annual International Nursing Simulation/Learning Resource Centers Conference June 2010.

Development of Competencies in Geriatric Nursing Through Clinical Simulation
Connecting the Dots: Geriatric Nursing, Education, and Clinical Simulation
University of North Carolina, Raleigh-Durham, NC
April 2-3, 2009
M. Leonardo, R. Henry, poster presentation

Podium Presentations

SimSarah Goes Home
9th Annual International Nursing Simulation/Learning Resource Centers Conference
Las Vegas, NV
June 17 -19, 2010
M. Leonardo, R. Henry, paper presentation

Developed and presented a virtual tour of the learning resource center. Presented to the Sixth National Conference on Nursing Skills Laboratories.2008.

Developed and co-presented "Acting as a Means of Enhancing Skills Verification" at the Fifth National Conference on Nursing Skill Laboratories.2005.


Accepted into the 2016 Executive Leadership in Nursing Education and Practice Program. This program is part of the NLN Leadership Institute in the Center for Transformational Leadership, which focuses on leadership development for nurse educators who wish to be re-energized, and want to reframe how they think about leadership and themselves as leaders. This year-long program will provide an opportunity for you to be engaged with peers and experts to examine issues related to leadership concepts and organizational systems.

2012 Recipient of the Excellence in the Academic Setting Award from International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation in Nursing (INASCL)

2010 Recipient of the UPMC Cameos of Caring Nurse Educator Award

Graduated Cum Laude from Carlow College

Recipient of the International Nursing Association and Clinical Simulation Excellence in the Academic Setting Award

Recipient of the Caritis Christi Award for Scholarship and Proficiency in Nursing, Carlow College