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Faculty and Staff Profile

Jean Zavertnik

Simulation Director

Office: Edwards 200A
Phone: 864-656-7266

 Educational Background

DNP Nursing
Radford University 2012

MN Nursing
University of South Carolina 1983

BSN Nursing
Radford University 1979


Jean Ellen Zavertnik, RN, DNP, ACNS-BC, CNE, CHSE, is the Simulation Director at Clemson University School of Nursing. She was one of twenty in the nation selected to participate in the first National League of Nursing Leadership Development Program for Simulation Education. She is a National League of Nursing Center for Innovation in Simulation and Technology Blog Editor and contributor/resource for NLN SIRC website. She has presented on simulation pedagogy both nationally and internationally.

 Research Interests

Simulation: Debriefing; High Stakes Assessment; Interprofessional Education
Heart Failure

 Research Publications

Zavertnik, J.E. “Teaching Communication” in Smith, M. J., Carpenter, R., & Fitzpatrick, J. J. (2015). Encyclopedia of nursing education. New York: Springer Publishing.
Zavertnik, J.E. (2014). Self-care in older adults with heart failure: An integrative review. Clinical Nurse Specialist. 28(1): 19-32.
Forneris, S.G., Crownover, J.G., Dorsey, L., Leahy, N., Wong, L., Zabriskie, A., & Zavertnik, J.E. (2012). Integrating QSEN and ACES: An NLN Simulation Leader Project. Nursing Education Perspectives, 33(3), 184-187.
Zavertnik, J.E., Huff, T.A., & Munro C.L. (2010). Innovative approach to teaching communication skills to nursing students. Journal of Nursing Education, 49(2), 65-71.