Kristina Dreifuerst
Associate Professor

(414) 414-288-3817

Certified Nurse Educator

Highest Degree & Institution
Ph.D., Indiana University, Indianapolis

Brief Statement of Scholarly Interests

My program of research is focused on a) developing, using, and testing innovative teaching methods to improve students’ clinical reasoning skills to be ready for practice, and b) investigating how teachers can best be prepared to use evidence-based methods including simulation and debriefing to enhance clinical teaching.

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Selected Publications

Dreifuerst, K.T. (2009). The essentials of debriefing in simulation learning: A concept analysis. Nursing Education Perspectives, 30(2), 109–114.

Dreifuerst, K.T. (2010). Debriefing for meaningful learning: Fostering development of clinical reasoning through simulation. (Order No. 3617512, Indiana University). ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, 212. Retrieved from (1527174151).

 Dreifuerst, K.T. (2011). Debriefing for meaningful learning: A reflective strategy to foster clinical reasoning. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 7(6), e250-e250. doi: 10.1016/j.ecns.2011.09.023.

Mariani, B., Cantrell, M. A., Meakim, C., Prieto, P., & Dreifuerst, K.T. (2012). Structured debriefing and students’ clinical judgment abilities in simulation. Clinical Simulation in Nursing. 9(5), e147-155. doi: 0.1016/j.ecns.2011.11.009.

Dreifuerst, K.T. (2012). Using debriefing for meaningful learning to foster development of clinical reasoning in simulation. Journal of Nursing Education, 51(4), 1-8, doi: 10.3928/01484834-20120409-02.

McNelis, A., Ironside, P., Ebright, P., Dreifuerst, K. T., Zvonar, S., & Conner, S. (2014). Learning nursing practice: A multisite, multimethod investigation of clinical education. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 4(4), 30-35.

Jeffries, P. R., Dreifuerst, K.T., Kardong-Edgren, S., & Hayden, J. (2015). Faculty development when initiating simulation programs: Lessons learned from the national simulation study. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 5(4), 17-23.

Dreifuerst, K.T. & Kardong-Edgren, S. (2015). The road was paved with good intentions. Clinical Simulation in Nursing. doi:10.1016/j.ecns.2014.12.001.

Dreifuerst, K.T. (2015). Getting started with debriefing for meaningful learning. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 11(5), 268-275. doi: 10.1016/j.ecns.2015.01.005.

Dreifuerst, K.T., McNelis, A.M., Weaver, M.T., Broome, M.E., Draucker, C.B. & Fedko, A.S. (2016). Exploring the Pursuit of Doctoral Education by Nurses Seeking or Intending to Stay in Faculty Roles. Journal of Professional Nursing.32 (2), doi:10.1016/j.profnurs.2016.01.014.

Bradley, C.S., & Dreifuerst, K.T. (2016). Pilot Testing the Debriefing for Meaningful Learning Evaluation Scale. Clinical Simulation in Nursing. 13(3), 1-4, doi:10.1016/j.ecns.2016.01.008.

Rudolph, J. W., Palaganas, J., Fey, M. K., Morse, C. J., Onello, R., Dreifuerst, K. T., & Simon, R.(2016). A DASH to the top: Educator debriefing standards as a path to practice readiness for nursing students. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 12(9), 412-417. doi:10.1016/j.ecns.2016.05.003

Fedko, A.S. & Dreifuerst, K.T. (2016). A Pilot Study Examining the Relationship between Clinical Judgment and Nursing Actions in Prelicensure Students. Nurse Educator. DOI: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000290


Jeffries, P.R., Aschenbrenner, D., Dreifuerst, K.T., Hensel, D., Keenan, C., & Vazanno, J. (2012). Using Simulation to Increase Clinical Reasoning and Judgment. In K.H. Frith and D.J. Clark (Eds.) Distance Education in Nursing (3rd. Edition), New York: Springer Publishing.

Decker, S. & Dreifuerst, K.T. (2012). Integrating guided reflection into simulated learning experiences. In P.R. Jeffries (Ed.) Simulation in nursing education: From conceptualization to evaluation (2nd Edition), New York: The National League for Nursing. Awarded a 2013 AJN Book of the Year in the Category of Nursing Education.

Dreifuerst, K.T., & Decker, S. (2012). Debriefing: An Essential Component for Learning in Simulation Pedagogy. In P.R. Jeffries (Ed.) Simulation in nursing education: From conceptualization to evaluation (2nd Edition), New York: The National League for Nursing. Awarded a 2013 AJN Book of the Year in the Category of Nursing Education.

Jeffries, P.R., Dreifuerst, K.T., Aschenbrenner, D., Adamson, K. & Parsons Shram, A. (2013). Simulation. In M.H. Oermann (Ed.) Teaching in Nursing: The Complete Guide. New York: Springer Publishing.

Dreifuerst, K.T., Horton-Deutsch, S. & Henao, H. (2014). Meaningful debriefing. In P.J. Jeffries (Ed.) Clinical Simulations in Nursing Education: Advanced Concepts, Trends, and Opportunities. Washington, DC: National League for Nursing.

Dreifuerst, K.T. & Bradley, C.S. (2015). Transformation of teaching and learning through debriefing for meaningful learning. In G. Sherwood & S. Horton-Deutsch, (Eds.) Reflective organizations: On the frontlines to transform education and practice. Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta Tau International.


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College of Nursing Mission Statement

Through a transformational Catholic, Jesuit education, Marquette University College of Nursing prepares nurse leaders to promote health, healing and social justice for all people through clinical practice and development of nursing knowledge.