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.”
- Post-Master’s Certificate, University of Pennsylvania , 2014
- MSN, Thomas Jefferson University , 2007
- BSN, Pennsylvania State University , 2003
Though simulation 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 center. 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 was co-project director of a research study exploring the impact of video demonstrations on student performance in the simulation center. Called “Watch & Learn,” the project created instructional videos for nursing students that introduced them to simulation center protocols that are taught specifically at Penn Nursing – unlike other instructional videos found on the Internet. Ms. Peoples compared students who have watched the Watch & Learn videos with students who have not.
Ms. Peoples has over twelve years of nursing experience, working as a critical care staff nurse at both the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.
Opportunities to Learn and Collaborate at Penn Nursing
Ms. Peoples is a member of Penn Nursing’s graduate and undergraduate simulation task forces, and she received a post-master’s certificate in nursing education and a certificate in simulation facilitating from the University of Pennsylvania.
Selected Career Highlights
- Recipient, Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence
- Recipient, Biobehavioral Health Sciences Unsung Hero Award (2020 & 2016)
- Recipient, Undergraduate Award for Teaching, Student Nurses At Penn
- Presenter, SON CTL Workshop Series: Teaching undergraduate nursing students in the clinical and simulation setting.
- Presenter, Philadelphia Area Simulation Consortium and Sigma Theta Tau International Conference. Utilizing Simulation to Improve Communication and Collaboration in Intra-Professional Nursing Teams.
- Presenter, International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare Conference, “Pathway to
Integration: The Role of Simulation Education Specialist”