With a passion for simulation, a majority of Dr. Suzanne Campbell’s work is centred around integrating simulation into educational practices and the field of lactation. Continuing to pursue and work towards projects that improve the skills of students, she focusses on building new tools to help evaluate and imitate real-life situations to provide students within any profession with the experience necessary for successful practice.

As such, her teaching is often informed by her expertise in simulation-based pedagogy as well as maternal-infant health specific to lactation. That desire coincides with the technology explosion in nursing and led to her exploration of innovative methods of teaching. Having become a leader nationally and internationally in the use of simulation pedagogy, her work often leads to presentations, keynotes and consultations with many faculties across British Columbia and internationally. Her teaching focuses on childbearing families, women’s health and courses in research methods, advanced practice nursing, health promotion, and nursing theory and philosophy. Projects with provincial, national, and international teams include: development and testing of tools to assess communication and open-educational resources for interprofessional education.

With her greatest impact residing in simulation technology (flexible learning) and interprofessional curricular pedagogy, she has successfully delivered a large number of projects, publications and presentations that can be used to inform both the public and fellow colleagues.

“Simulation is a great tool for students (and faculty) to learn and gain experience in critical thinking and clinical decision making. Innovative methodology is showcased throughout my educational endeavors and I look forward to collaborating with others who share a similar passion for disruptive innovation for improved healthcare professional education.”

Suzanne Hetzel Campbell PhD, RN, IBCLC, CCSNE

Global Interprofessional Therapeutic Communication Scale(C) Short Form: Feasibility Testing in Canada. (2022)

Link – Open Access Article April 2022

Suzanne H. Campbell, Natalia Del Angelo Aredes, Kymberley Bontinen, Yujin Lim, Colleen duManoir, Thayanthini Tharmaratnam, & Lee-Anne Stephen. (2022). Global Interprofessional Therapeutic Communication Scale© Short Form (GITCS©): Feasibility Testing in Canada, Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 65, 7-17. ISSN 1876-1399, (
Abstract: Background: This quantitative research tested the psychometric properties of the Global Interprofessional Therapeutic Communication Scale© (GITCS©) used to measure the health communication skills of nursing students at multiple schools in Canada.
Methods: A train-the-trainer process was developed for faculty to learn the purpose, use, and analysis of GITCS© and qualitative data for the evaluation of the usability of the scale.
Results: After expert analysis of the 35-items, validated in a previous study, a 28-item version was tested. Statistical results confirmed the shortened scale as reliable and valid (Cronbach alpha = 0.932). A confirmatory factor analysis using a second-order model containing the latent variable “therapeutic relationship” and three subfactors (empathy, trust/rapport, and power-sharing) maintained the initial construct.
Conclusions: Categorized items based on flow of the interaction allowed easier scale completion. Students and faculty feedback reinforced the scale’s usefulness for therapeutic communication education, assessment, and application to practice in observer roles or for individual reflection.
Keywords: health communication; instrument testing; scholarship of teaching and learning; (SoTL); simulation pedagogy

Disruptive Innovation in Advanced Practice Nursing Programs: A Report from a Qualitative Examination. (2021) Open Access Article September 2021 LINK

Article of Influence Award-Winning Article

Winner of the 2018-2019 Article of Influence Award, Nye, C., Campbell, S. H., Hebert, S. H., Short, C., & Thomas, M. ‘s article won the 2018-2019 award for their influential paper. Awarded by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH), the SSH Research Committee recognizes papers that have had a strong impact on practice and research in health care. The team is honoured to have received such recognition and hopes to continue their academic work in this field.

The article, Simulation in Advanced Practice Nursing Programs: A North-American Survey, compiles and presents results of a descriptive survey on simulation use in APN programs within North America. The focus of the data obtained from the survey was on the usage by the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning Standards of Best Practice as it served as an organizing framework for the implementation of simulations in APN programs. Seeking to fill a knowledge gap within such an important field, the article also aims to help educators develop training and support systems that can enhance the quality of APN simulations.

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