Jessica Doolen teaches in the undergraduate and the graduate programs at the School of Nursing and is the educational director at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas. She has been a full-time faculty member in the School of Nursing since May 2005, is a certified nurse educator, and an alumna of the school’s Master of Science in nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner program.
A champion of clinical simulation since 2008, Doolen is familiar with all phases of low and high fidelity simulation. In her role as education director, she is responsible for the educational needs of the UNLV School of Nursing, Nevada State College School of Nursing, and University of Nevada School of Medicine.
Doolen’s research interests include bariatric surgery, pediatric obesity and nursing and inter-professional teaching strategies such as high fidelity simulation and standardized patient experiences. Her article titled Parental disconnect between perceived and actual weight status of children: A metasynthesis of the current research earned the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners’ Most Cited Article of 2011 award.
She received a Sigma Theta Tau International grant award to complete her dissertation research titled The Development of the Simulation Thinking Rubric. Her research in the area of nursing education using high fidelity simulation is ongoing.
Doolen’s professional memberships include the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau International, the International Nursing Association of Clinical/Simulation Learning, and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Within the School of Nursing, she chairs and serves as a committee member for capstone projects, theses, and dissertations.