Carman Turkelson, DNP, RN, CCRN, CHSE
Dr. Carman Turkelson DNP, RN, CCRN, CHSE is an Assistant Professor of Nursing and the Associate Director of the Nursing Simulation Center. Dr. Turkelson earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with a focus on interprofessional education using simulation from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor in 2013. She received her Master of Science in Nursing Education (MSN-Ed) from Michigan State University in 2008 and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing also from Michigan State University in 1993.
Dr. Turkelson joined the faculty in the School of Nursing at the University of Michigan-Flint in the fall of 2014. She has been a nurse for over 20 years and has extensive experience in critical care, management, education, and simulation based learning experiences. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Michigan-Flint, she was practicing in a lead Clinical Nurse Specialist role for critical care at Beaumont Health System, Royal Oak Michigan. As an educator in the acute care setting Dr. Turkelson embraced the utilization of multiple innovative teaching and learning strategies that engage the learner in the learning process. Her interest in the use of simulation as a teaching learning strategy began in 2008 and since that time she has continued to cultivate her knowledge, skills, and expertise in this teaching pedagogy. Dr. Turkelson’s experiences include all ranges of simulation based learning experiences from low fidelity task trainers, high fidelity mannequin or standardized patient simulations, virtual reality, full scale in-situ, and full-scale disaster simulation based learning experiences in the community.
Dr. Turkelson has participated in a number of simulation based fellowships including the 2011 National League for Nursing (NLN) Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators, the first cohort of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) and CAE Healthcare Simulation Fellowship (2015-2016) as well as had the distinctive honor of being selected as one of 6 inaugural research fellows for the INACSL Research Fellowship (2016-2017). She was also one of the first Certified Healthcare Simulation Educators (CHSE) from the Society of Simulation in Healthcare. Most recently, she was selected for the second cohort of University of Michigan Interprofessional Leadership Fellows (2017-2018).
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. She continues to conduct research in both the academic and acute care settings. 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 as well as exploration of factors contributing to the development of pressure injury in high-risk patients. In the academic setting, her research endeavors have continued to expand upon her work related to communication and teamwork. Dr. Turkelson and colleagues have been awarded multiple Interprofessional Research Project Grants resulting in the creation of IPE simulation based learning experiences for over 400 nursing and physical therapy students at U of M Flint since January 2016. These IPE experiences include acute care; discharge planning and care management and community home health simulation based learning experiences. Dr. Turkelson and Dr. Keiser have also received grant funding for the development of a student and community standardized patient program for the School of Nursing Simulation Center. Most recently, Dr. Turkelson and colleagues were awarded an external grant from INACSL, Chamberlain College & DeVry for $10,000 to provide continued support and expansion of their IPE research to include virtual simulation deliberate practice opportunities in 2017.
Dr. Turkelson is a member of the Midwest Nursing Research Society, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, Society for Simulation in Healthcare, National League of Nursing, and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.
Dr. Turkelson is the lead faculty for Medical Surgical Nursing I (NUR 250) in the and also teaches Disease Processes and the Human Systems (NSC 207) in the nursing pre-licensure program. Dr. Turkelson also chairs DNP student research projects (NUR 903). Dr. Keiser also teaches clinical skills practicums during student residency.
The primary focus of Dr. Turkelson’s research is simulation based educational research examining aspects of learning, interprofessional teamwork and communication, and patient safety. Dr. Turkelson’s current research endeavors focus on the use of crisis checklists and repetitive simulation to improve patient safety in low frequency, high-risk patient events. Dr. Turkelson plans to continue to conduct translational research using simulation to improve the use of evidence-based practice for patients in the acute care setting. Her interests include simulation, teamwork, communication, development of nursing expertise/skill mastery, and critical care nursing.
Dr. Turkelson serves on the School of Nursing (SON) Executive Committee, The SON Nominating Committee, the SON Undergraduate Selections Committee, the SON Undergraduate Faculty Committee, the SON Nursing Governing Faculty Committee, Nominating Committee, and on the University Nominating Committee. Dr. Turkelson also serves on the INACSL Outreach Committee (website development workgroup) and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare Education Committee. She has additionally served as a peer reviewer for the Standards for Simulation Education for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), a peer-reviewer for the Society of Simulation in Health Care (SSH), for Clinical Simulation in Nursing, for the NLN and for Laerdal.