Susan Kilroy

Assistant Professor of Instruction
1316 W Ontario Street


Susan Kilroy PhD, RN, CHSE, Director of the Nursing Simulation Lab, is a certified simulation health care educator and has over 12 years of experience in nursing education in hospital and university settings. She has 15 years of clinical experience which includes time in the neonatal intensive care unit, the pediatric transport team, and as Director of Nursing Education at a Level One Trauma Center. Dr. Kilroy completed her PhD in 2020 and her research utilized simulation to identify the impact of interprofessional ACLS / PALS courses on pediatric professionals’ self-reported collaborative practice behaviors. Dr. Kilroy is a member of the Society for Simulation in Health Care (SSH) and the International Nurses Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL). She is a member of Temple University’s Interprofessional Education Steering Committee and initial simulation-based collaborations have taken place with Temple’s college of Medicine, Pharmacy, and departments of Nutrition and Physical Therapy. She has implemented funded interprofessional simulation research at multiple universities. Funding for simulation projects include awards from the 2023 NLN Nursing Education Research Grant, 2023 Pennsylvania Higher Education Nursing Education Nursing Schools Education Grant and the Interprofessional Practice and Education Award. In addition to her research interests Dr. Kilroy focuses on educating faculty to best practices of simulation-based education, case development and use of standardized participants in simulation. She has a passion for student mentoring and along with colleagues has developed and implemented peer mentoring programs at the graduate and undergraduate level.

Research Interests

  • Interprofessional education, Collaborative practice behaviors, Simulation based education

Courses Taught




NURS 4885

Generalist Nursing Practice Internship


Selected Publications

  • Vanderzwan, K.J., Kilroy, S., Daniels, A., & O'Rourke, J. (2023). Nurse-to-nurse handoff with distractors and interruptions: An integrative review. Nurse Educ Pract, 67, p. 103550. Scotland. doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2023.103550

  • Ortiz, M., Kent, D., Carlucci, M., Ricca, P., Zeiher, W., Vanderzwan, K., Betka, A.A., & Kilroy, S. (2022). Bloom's Taxonomy: Framing Virtual Simulations During the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Nurses Prof Dev. United States. doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000897

  • Kilroy, S., Corte, C., Park, C., Vincent, C., Borgers, F., Hannan, M., & Corbridge, S. (2022). Identifying contributing factors influencing pediatric nurses' and health professionals' self-reported collaborative practice behaviors. J Pediatr Nurs, 64, pp. 164-173. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2021.10.017

  • Burt, L. & Kilroy, S. (2021). Nurse Practitioner Student Perceptions of a Multimodal Telemedicine Clinical Course. Nurse Educ, 46(5), pp. E122-E126. United States. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000001019

  • Kilroy, S., Kent, D., VanderZwan, K.J., Jones, K., Hiller, A., Reese, C., Woroch, R.A., & McPherson, S. (2021). Development of a Multisite Nursing Simulation Work Group Focusing on the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning Standards. J Nurs Educ, 60(3), pp. 165-168. United States. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20210222-08