Key Simulation Educators


Alison Davis, PhD, RN, CHSE- Director of the Nursing Skills and Technology Center & Simulation Faculty

Dr. Davis is an Assistant Professor of Nursing and simulation faculty for the undergraduate and graduate programs at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) School of Nursing in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received her undergraduate degree from The Medical College of Georgia, her Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on nursing education from Duke University, and her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University specializing in nursing education.

Dr. Davis began teaching at LSUHSC in May 2014 and teaches in the undergraduate level as well as graduate level. At LSUHSC, she serves as simulation faculty overseeing the educational aspect of the simulation program for undergraduate and graduate programs. Prior to teaching at LSUHSC, she was a simulation lab coordinator and assisted in the development of a new simulation program for undergraduate nursing students. Dr. Davis’ research focus for her dissertation included faculty factors in the use of high-fidelity human simulation.

Dr. Davis has served and continues to serve on dissertation committees and scholarly inquiry projects for doctoral students at LSUHSC and outside institutions of higher education. She is active with Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Epsilon Nu chapter where she serves as the chair for the coordination of Scholarship Day. Dr. Davis offers faculty development opportunities at LSUHSC focusing on simulation. She is pending funding as the PI for a LIFT fund in order to develop a mobile application for nurse educators with various simulation resources and full-accreditation status for the simulation labs at the SON through the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.



Deborah St. Germain, DNP, RN, CNE-Simulation Faculty

Dr. St. Germain has been involved with simulation in healthcare for more than 20 years, both in academia and in the practice setting. She is currently full time faculty at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, School of Nursing. She teaches nursing clinical simulation labs and directs nursing students in interdisciplinary disaster simulation with emergency medicine physicians. Her knowledge in simulation includes all levels of fidelity manikins, task trainers, and online simulation. She has been responsible for integrating simulation into nursing curricula and designing simulation experiences for undergraduate nursing students. She currently teaches approximately 80 hours of simulation each year to entry level and advanced practice nursing students.



Dr. Jennifer Martin CRNA, DNP- Nurse Anesthesia Program Simulation Faculty

Dr. Martin has academic teaching experience since May of 2013 and has served as a full-time instructor in the Nurse Anesthesia Program at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing (SON). Throughout her three years at LSUHSC, Dr. Martin has served on several committees, and currently serves as Chair for the Faculty Life Committee. In this position she has been championed for the development of several projects including: development and implementation of a formal faculty mentorship program (CPRIDE) which is in its second year; development and implementation of an undergraduate nursing Honors program, Mentoring Undergraduate Students for Excellence in Scholarship (MUSES); Champion of development of SON organizational culture book clubs leading up to faculty retreat to build the SON culture; securing nationally known speaker on Emotional Intelligence, Dr. Korrel Kannoy; and coordination of numerous faculty development speakers. Dr. Martin also serves as the Diversity and Cultural Competence Coordinator for a HRSA-funded grant entitled, TTIPS, which is in Year Two. She is responsible for enhancing program elements related to cultural competency and reinforcing the continued integration of cultural competence within the curriculum. She provides annual workshops to assist students in the application and interview process while discussing strategies for overcoming identified barriers to success for minority students. Dr. Martin also identifies minority CRNA mentors, and continues to expand program activities such as, journal club, Grand Rounds, and high-fidelity simulation to include an IPE focus. In addition to the above duties, Dr. Martin teaches a full faculty teaching load in the graduate (BSN to DNP) nursing program.



Dr. David Kalil CRNA, DNAP- Nurse Anesthesia Program Simulation Faculty

Dr. Kalil is an Instructor of Nursing at the Louisiana State University Health Science Center: School of Nurse Anesthesia. He graduated from LSUHSC nursing school in 1979, received a Bachelorette Degree in Biology from Our Lady of Holy Cross College in 1995, earned a Master’s Degree in nurse anesthesia from Charity/Xavier University Nurse Anesthesia School in 1997, and completed his Doctorate in Nurse Anesthesia at Texas Wesleyan University in 2013. He has been in nursing for 37 years and practiced nurse anesthesia for the past 19 years. He is currently on staff as a certified nurse anesthetist at the University Medical Center and Touro Infirmary Hospital. He has had extensive training in obstetrics, including the management of the obstetric patient and insertion of regional anesthesia (epidural, spinal, and combined techniques). Dr. Kalil has a good background in neuro anesthesia, having worked a first assistant for a neurosurgical group for 13 years prior to my anesthesia degree. He has been involved in interpersonal simulation for the past 3 years, involving medicine, nurse anesthesia, and other allied health students. Dr. Kalil is currently member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and a board member on the Louisiana State Association of Nurse Anesthetists.



Dr. Leanne Fowler DNP, MBA, CCRN, CNE- Simulation Faculty

Leanne H. Fowler is a graduate of the University of South Alabama’s College of Nursing with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (DNP) in July 2015 and post-Master’s certificate as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) December of 2013. The DNP project successfully implemented within a 430-bed community hospital was titled Preventing Oversedation in the Mechanically Ventilated Critically Ill Adult via a Multiprofessional Implementation of the RASS Tool. Since earning an AGACNP certificate, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license, and board certification via the American Nurses Credentialing Center, she has completed six months of training in Infectious Diseases under the guidance of M. Faith Joubert, MD – Board Certified in Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine; and primarily works in Hospital and Emergency Medicine within a community hospital in Louisiana. Dr. Fowler also earned the Masters of Business Administration and Master of Science in Nursing degrees from the University of Phoenix in July 2006 concentrated in finance and economics and healthcare management. She then pursued a career as a Nursing Educator at the Louisiana State University Health – New Orleans (LSUHNO) School of Nursing (SON) in which has served as faculty since 2008 and earned the Certificate of Nursing Educator (CNE) December 2013. Also during this time, Leanne was awarded with the student-nominated 2014 Nurse Caring award, a Daisy award nomination in 2013, was a Daisy award recipient in 2012, and recognized as a Great 100 nurse in the class of 2012. As a Nursing Educator, Leanne has served on multiple committees with the SON and LSUHNO Health Sciences Center in multiple leadership roles. She has served as the Coordinator for the Critical Care Theory and Simulation courses for a number of years within the Baccalaureate nursing program and currently serves as the AGACNP concentration Coordinator for the DNP program.

Prior to her advanced nursing endeavors, Dr. Fowler earned the Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and graduated with high honor from Southern University and A&M College May of the year 2000. Since earning a Registered Nurse license in the state of Louisiana June 2000, Leanne has served and specialized in the adult critically ill population within the Baton Rouge and New Orleans metropolitan areas of Louisiana. She earned the Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) certification via the American Association of Critical-care Nurses (AACN) in 2007 identifying her as a nursing specialist and expert in this area.

She is an active member in several professional organizations including the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty, American Association of Critical-care Nurses, Society of Critical Care Medicine, Society of Hospital Medicine, National League of Nursing, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the Epsilon Nu chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society for Nursing. At the local and national levels, she serves and leads within the Speaker and Health Policy committees for the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners; and as the Poster Chair for the planning committee of the Southern Regional Educational Board.



Dr. Jennifer Badeaux CRNA, DNP- Nurse Anesthesia Program Simulation Faculty

Dr. Jennifer Badeaux is an associate professor at the Louisiana State University Health Science Center: School of Nurse Anesthesia. She graduated from University of Texas at Austin in 1996 with a Bachelor in Nursing. She continued in advanced practice and received a master in nursing with specialization in nurse anesthesia in 2004. She then completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at Texas Christian University in 2013.

She has been a nurse for 20 years and practiced nurse anesthesia for the past 12 years. She is currently the assistant program director of the Nurse anesthesia program at LSUHSC and a staff member as a certified nurse anesthetist at the University Medical Center New Orleans. Dr. Badeaux has been teaching for the past 7 years and continues to integrated interfprofessional simulation throughout her courses. She has been involved in interprofessional simulation for the past 3 years, involving medicine, nurse anesthesia, and other allied health students. Dr. Badeaux is currently member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists the Louisiana State Association of Nurse Anesthetists.



Dr. Deborah Garbee PhD, APRN, CNS-BC- Simulation faculty

Dr. Garbee is an Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing. She received an Associate of Science in Nursing from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Loyola University, a Master in Nursing from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of New Orleans. Dr. Garbee is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and is board certified as an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. Currently, she serves as the Associate Dean for Professional Practice, Community Service, and Advanced Nursing Practice at LSUHSC. She is the clinic administrator for the nurse managed clinics which are funded by a HRSA grant titled “Restoring Primary Care for Underserved Elders in Post-Katrina New Orleans East”. She is a certified reviewer for Joanna Briggs Institute. Dr. Garbee serves as a peer reviewer for The Journal of Mixed Methods, the International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, Clinical Nurse Specialist The International Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice, and the JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports. She serves as committee member and reviewer for many regional and national organizations including Ochsner Clinic Foundation, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Louisiana State Nurses Association, and the Louisiana Nurses Foundation.

Dr. Garbee serves as a major professor or committee member on Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarly Inquiry Projects and Doctor of Nursing Science dissertations. She teaches all levels of nursing students, undergraduate and graduate in the areas of Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist practice, Healthcare Outcomes and Informatics, and research.

Dr. Garbee has 21 years of experience in the operating room and post anesthesia care unit. Research interests and publications include simulation-based educational strategies, communication and teamwork, interprofessional education, and nursing faculty retention. She have received honors and awards such as the Sister Henrietta Guyot Professorship in Nursing, the Nightingale Award for Nursing Educator of the Year from the Louisiana State Nurse Association and Louisiana Nursing Foundation, and the 2014 Alumnus of the Year from LSUHSC School of Nursing Alumni Association.



Sherri P Hayes, MSN, RN, CCRN- Learning Lab Coordinator and Simulation Specialist

Sherri P. Hayes, MSN, RN, CCRN is a learning lab coordinator and simulation specialist in the nursing skills and technology center (NSTC) at LSUHSC SON. She manages and maintains the hospital and IV labs to ensure adequate resources are available for faculty and students to support and enhance their educational components of the curriculum. She assists faculty with use of simulation in the undergraduate and graduate programs. Prior to teaching at LSUHSC, she was nurse education coordinator in a hospital setting where she developed and coordinated nursing education and training related to patient safety initiatives, Joint Commission standards of care, skills validations, and basic and advanced life support across the life span. Her research interests include simulation, nursing education, and deliberate practice.



Dr. Erin E. Bauer, DNP, CRNA- Simulation Coordinator and Educator - Adjunct

Dr. Erin E. Bauer is Simulation Coordinator and Educator in the NSTC/SC at Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center New Orleans, School of Nursing. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from LSU School of Nursing, a Master of Science in Anesthesiology and a Doctor of Nursing Practice with Specialization in Anesthesiology from Barry University in Miami Shores, FL.

As a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, Dr. Bauer has experience in providing various anesthetic techniques on all American Society of Anesthesia classifications, from the neonatal to the adult patient. She has practiced in both the hospital and outpatient setting, with skills in anesthetic management of pediatric and adult cardiac, thoracic, vascular, neuro, trauma, orthopedic, craniofacial, plastic, urologic, GI, general surgery, and adult gynecologic/obstetric anesthesia. As a nurse educator, her teaching philosophy is centered on providing active and engaged learning experiences for students, so that they may acquire strategies to process the content they encounter in training.

Dr. Bauer’s focus as a nurse researcher is on screening and assessment. Her most recent scholarly work involved a review of evidence on anesthesia screening for pediatric populations. The publication, titled “Preoperative Screening for Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Children: A Systematic Literature Review,” can be found in the December 2016 issue of the AORN Journal via the following link:



Heather Abadie, MSN, RNC-OB- Simulation Faculty

Heather Abadie, MSN, RNC-OB is an Instructor of Women’s Health Nursing Theory and Practicum at Louisiana State University (LSU) Health New Orleans School of Nursing in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received her undergraduate degree (BSN) from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2008 and her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a focus on nursing education from LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing in 2015. She earned certification in inpatient obstetrics (RNC-OB) from National Certification Corporation and has maintained that certification since 2011.

Mrs. Abadie began teaching at the LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing in August 2015. She currently teaches women’s health across the lifespan and an assigned grader in senior II level perspectives in professional nursing course in the baccalaureate degree program. Prior to her arrival at LSU, Mrs. Abadie was a staff and charge nurse on the labor and delivery and antenatal units at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, LA from 2008-2015. During that timeframe, she served as chair of the management advisory committee from 2012-2015, was awarded team member of the month November 2012, and received the Donna Swartzfager Memorial Award in 2014.

In 2015, Mrs. Abadie and the other Woman’s Health instructors were able to attend a multiple day Gaumard simulator training at the Gaumard facilities in Waco, TX. This training included all Gaumard high-fidelity mannequins with focus given to the Noelle Birth Simulator as well as the Newborn HAL Simulator. At this training, the Woman’s Health instructors learned the different advanced functions of the birth simulator mannequin as well as how to develop individual simulation scenarios. In the Women’s Health Nursing Practicum course, post clinical simulations are conducted with each clinical group of students to facilitate recognition and management of varying obstetric emergencies. In an effort to standardize the simulation experience in this course, Mrs. Abadie helped to develop certain obstetric emergency scenarios and scripts. Now all students are presented the same electronic fetal monitoring scenario and are expected to respond according to the situation and scenario presented. In addition to creating scenarios, she created a checklist of interventions that should be performed in each obstetric emergency to help all Woman’s Health instructors better debrief with their students about any tasks missed.

Mrs. Abadie serves on the technology committee at LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing. She is active with Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Epsilon Nu chapter where she assists in the coordination and execution of induction ceremonies. Mrs. Abadie is a member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses as well as the Greater New Orleans Breastfeeding Awareness Coalition. She has received additional training in Neonatal Resuscitation Program, Advanced External Fetal Monitoring, Basic Life Support, and is a LGBTQ SafeZone trainer.