Susan Gross Forneris, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE-A, FAAN
Director, NLN Division for Innovation in Education Excellence
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Susan Gross Forneris is currently the Director for the National League for Nursing Division for Innovation in Education Excellence. Selected for inclusion in the 2010 inaugural group of NLN Simulation Leaders, she has been working in the field of simulation since 2003. She served as a simulation expert for the NLN ACE.S Team (Advancing Care Excellence for Seniors) and a simulation author for the NLN ACE.Z, Alzheimer’s simulation scenario series. In her work with the NLN she has traveled to Taiwan, China and South Korea working closely with those country’s nursing education influencers to further develop faculty skills in the use of simulation best practices in teaching and learning. She is instrumental in the design and implementation of NLN faculty development resources focused on the pedagogy of teaching and learning. Her expertise is in curriculum and teaching/learning strategies with an emphasis in simulation and debriefing. Her research and publications focus on the development and use of reflective teaching strategies to enhance critical thinking. She co-authored the publication Critical Conversations: The NLN Guide for Teaching Thinking and most recently, Critical Conversations: From Monologue to Dialogue.
Susan began her nursing career with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the College of St. Scholastica, in Duluth MN. She completed both her master’s and doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota in nursing education and educational psychology. Her past clinical practice includes cardiac and rehabilitation nursing moving into medical case management for both private and insurance-based case management firms. She is a former Professor of Nursing at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN.