Assistant Professor of Nursing Crystel L. Farina, MSN, RN, CNE; was one of only 20 educators selected for the year-long Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators, the National League for Nursing’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.
The fifth cohort consists of 20 nurse educators chosen from colleges, universities and health care institutions around the world. They will all study for a year under the direction of Pamela R. Jeffries, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF. Dr. Jeffries was recently named dean at The George Washington University School of Nursing. She is internationally known for her research and work in developing simulations and online teaching and learning.
Mrs. Farina began with simulation education in 2004 when she started teaching at Chesapeake College. She has taught students in the simulation lab, classroom and clinical settings, as well as coordinated the "Dimensions of Nursing" course. She has worked to transform learning through innovation. Through Chesapeake’s iPad project, Mrs. Farina developed a simulation iBook prototype and uses simulation activities through the iTunes U app.
In addition, Mrs. Farina has been active in planning for the new Health Professions and Athletic Center that will open on campus this summer. She is very focused on enhancing education in health care quality and has plans to enhance the health care quality for consumers in the community.