Lynn C. Simko, PhD, RN, CCRN, is a clinical associate professor at Duquesne University School of Nursing where she has taught at the undergraduate, masters, doctor of nursing practice, and PhD levels. Dr. Simko is a cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist with more than 35 years of clinical nursing experience in intensive care units (ICUs), coronary care units, cardiovascular ICUs, and medical-surgical ICUs. From the University of Pittsburgh, she earned a master of public health degree in chronic/cardiovascular epidemiology, as well as a master of science degree in nursing. She earned her PhD in nursing from Duquesne University, where her dissertation focused on the quality of life of adults with congenital heart disease. Dr. Simko has widespread experience in caring for patients with cardiac dysrhythmias.
Alicia L. Culleiton, DNP, RN, CNE, has practiced as a nurse educator since 2004 in diploma, baccalaureate, and doctoral programs. Her scholarship interests include at-risk students for NCLEX-RN® failure, student remediation, and clinical teaching pedagogies for both educators and practicing clinicians. Dr. Culleiton has maintained the National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) credentials since 2007. For academic nurse educators, the CNE establishes nursing education as a specialty area of practice and creates a means for Dr. Culleiton to demonstrate her expertise in this role. It also communicates to students and the academic and healthcare communities that the highest standards of teaching excellence are being met. Dr. Culleiton has been a nurse for 25 years and has had extensive practice experience in emergency medicine/trauma, as well as in a variety of critical care settings where she has gained vast experience in treating patients with dysrhythmias. Dr. Culleiton received her bachelor of science in nursing from The Catholic University of America, her master of science in nursing administration from the Indiana State University of Pennsylvania, and her doctor of nursing practice from Chatham University.