Canadian nurse educator recognized for her simulation pedagogical expertise

WATERBURY, Conn. (June 13, 2022) – Sentinel U®, a provider of web-based simulation education technology solutions for nursing schools, hospital systems and healthcare professionals, has selected Sufia Turner, RN, MN, CCSNE, as the second quarter finalist for its 2022 Simulation Star of the Year Award program.

The instructor and simulation program lead at the University of Manitoba College of Nursing (CON) in Canada, was chosen for her contributions to the advancement of simulation through practice and research.

“We are continually impressed by the quality and caliber of nurse educators nominated for our Simulation Star Award,” said Sentinel U Vice President of Clinical Learning Resources Laura Gonzalez, PhD, APRN, CNE, CHSE-A, ANEF, FAAN. “Sufia Turner stood out amongst the nominees, in part, because of the exceptional work she does to promote and improve the simulation experience.”

Turner’s nomination described her as a simulation education advocate who is instrumental in developing CON’s innovative simulation program. A gifted and beloved educator, Turner is committed to creating a positive learning environment and ensuring students are ready for clinical practice. Her innovative simulation courses are built on evidence gathered through the rigorous review of theoretical and empirical literature.

She is also credited with co-leading a provincial pilot project that provided the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba with evidence to support the replacement of 25 percent of clinical practice with simulation.

“Ms. Turner not only uses teaching strategies informed by research, but she also generates the research that informs such strategies,” wrote CON Associate Professor Nicole Harder, RN, PhD, in her nomination letter. “Her thesis work addressed a gap in the empirical literature about the perceptions of psychological safety in simulation from the perspective of undergraduate nursing students.”

Turner’s concept analysis describing the key attributes of psychologically safe debriefing environments was heralded by Clinical Simulation in Nursing as the “Non-Research Article of the Year,” while The Society for Simulation in Healthcare recognized it as an “Article of Influence.”

Ms. Turner is the second finalist vying for the 2022 Simulation Star of the Year Award. Sentinel U will invite the nursing community to vote for their favorite nursing instructor during Healthcare Simulation Week in September. The winner will receive a beautiful crystal award and a Sentinel U leadership simulation bundle to help them in their development as a leader in nursing, which includes training in interprofessional teams, nursing quality indicators, and patient management and delegation.

To learn more about the Sentinel U Simulation Star Award program visit