Carman Turkelson DNP, CCRN, CHSE, RN, is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing at U-M-Flint. Prior to joining the nursing faculty in 2014, she was a practicing nurse in the acute-care setting for more than 20 years–eight years as lead Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) for eight critical care units at Beaumont Health System-Royal Oak, MI). As an educator in the acute care setting, she embraced multiple innovative teaching and learning strategies that engage learners. Her interest in the use of simulation as a strategy began in 2008, and she has continued to cultivate her knowledge, skills, and expertise in this teaching pedagogy.
The primary focus of Dr. Turkelson’s research is simulation-based educational research examining aspects of learning, interprofessional teamwork and communication, and patient safety. Her doctoral work focused on improving nurse-physician communication in a critical care setting using simulation. In the acute care setting, her current research endeavors focus on the use of crisis checklists and repetitive simulation to improve patient safety in low-frequency high-risk patient events. In the academic setting, her research endeavors have continued to expand upon her work related to communication and teamwork through the attainment of two interprofessional research project grants from the School of Health Professions & Studies (SHPS), first in 2015 and then again in 2016. The project developed during the fall of 2015 has created IPE simulation-based learning experiences for more than 300 nursing and physical therapy students at U-M Flint since the beginning of 2016. Dr. Turkelson and her IPE team were also recently awarded their first external grant to provide continued support and expansion for this IPE learning opportunity in the winter of 2017.