Aleaha M. Peoples, MSN, RN
Aleaha M. Peoples was an advanced trauma care nurse at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 when she was offered a part-time position as a clinical simulation instructor at Penn Nursing.
“Teaching gives me the opportunity to be a part of helping create a highly-skilled group of nurses and providers for the future.”
- MSN, Thomas Jefferson University , 2007
- BSN, Pennsylvania State University , 2003
Though simulation lab experiences were few and far between for nursing students just a decade ago, every Penn Nursing clinical course since 2013 has included a simulation component. Ms. Peoples alone has created more than 50 medical scenarios for the simulation lab. She works with other nursing and simulation education instructors to constantly revise the curriculum to give students critical learning experiences in a safe environment.
Through a 2014-2016 grant from Penn Nursing, Ms. Peoples is co-project director of a research study exploring the impact of video demonstrations on student performance in the simulation lab. Called “Watch & Learn,” the project creates instructional videos for nursing students that introduce them to simulation lab protocols that are taught specifically at Penn Nursing – unlike other instructional videos found on the Internet. Ms. Peoples is comparing students who have watched the Watch & Learn videos with students who have not, and hopes to publish her findings by the end of 2016.
Opportunities to Learn and Collaborate at Penn Nursing
Ms. Peoples also works with nursing professors to create simulation lab experiences for graduate students in such courses as “Advanced Physical Assessment and Clinical Decision Making” (NURS721). She is a member of Penn Nursing’s graduate and undergraduate simulation task forces, and she received a certificate in nursing education and post-master’s instruction in simulation facilitating from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Peoples continues to work at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center as a trauma/surgical ICU staff nurse. As often as she can, typically every other semester, she supervises junior nursing students in this clinical setting.
Selected Career Highlights
- Recipient, Biobehavioral Health Sciences Unsung Hero Award
- Recipient, Student Nurses At Penn Undergraduate Award for Teaching
- Presenter, International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare Conference, “Pathway to
Integration: The Role of Simulation Education Specialist”