Regina Willard

Adjunct Instructor EdD, RN

Programs and Courses Taught

MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Online

N677 Advanced Pharmacology

N671L Advanced Health Assessment Lab

N619 Advanced Pathophysiology

N675L Acute & Episodic Conditions Lab

About Me

Hello ~
I have been a nurse for 28 years and have had a long educational journey! Nursing is a second career for me.  I graduated in 1991 and worked in critical care (IMCU/CCU) at the bedside for 10 years, after which I became the nurse manager of the unit.  After 2 years of management, I left the bedside to join a large cardiology practice as the head nurse and to complete my online RN-BSN degree at Drexel University.  I graduated in 2003 and decided to continue my education in the ACNP program at Drexel.  I graduated in 2006 and started working at a large hospital-owned cardiology practice as an ACNP.  In 2007 I began working as an adjunct professor for the ACNP program in addition to my full time job.  In 2009, I joined Drexel as full time faculty.  I also continued working as a cardiology NP for a colleague in private practice in order to maintain my credentials.

In 2011, I began my quest of a doctorate in education at Walden University.  I completed my dissertation on Simulation Debriefing and graduated in 2014 with a doctorate in Higher Education and Adult Learning.  In 2015 my husband decided to take early retirement and we relocated from the east coast to Henderson, NV.  I have been teaching for 15 years and have taught online (asynchronous, hybrid), as well as F2F at the RN-BSN, BSN, and graduate levels.  I joined SMU in 2016 and absolutely love teaching!


EdD Walden University in Adult Learning and Higher Education (2014)

MSN - Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Drexel University (2006)

RN - Drexel University (2003)

ADN - Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center/Union County College (1991)

Teaching Interests

Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, Health Assessment, Research

Scholarly Interests

Simulation in Nursing Education


Coffman, S., Hess, B., Fravel, M., Willard, R. (2016). How Faculty Infuse Caring Science in Simulation Learning with BSN Students. Poster Presentation at The Elsevier Faculty Development Institute, Las Vegas, NV, January 4-6, 2016.

Willard, R. (2014). Structured vs Nonstructured Debriefing: Finding the Right Approach in Undergraduate Nursing Simulation. Doctoral dissertation. Walden University.

Dreher, M., Willard, R., & Reishtein, J. (2009). Taking obstructive sleep apnea to heart. Nursing 2009 Critical Care, (4)4, 10-15.

Willard, R. & Dreher, M. (2004). Wake up call for sleep apnea. Nursing 2005, (35)3, 46-49.

Dreher, M., Dean, J.L., Moriarty, D.M. Kaiser, R., Willard, R., O’Donnell, S.,…Phung, L.  (2004). What you need to know about SARS now. Nursing 2004.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American College of Nurse Practitioners

National League for Nursing

International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning

Sigma Theta Tau International