Celeste M. Alfes, DNP, MSN, RN, FAAN, CNE, CHSE-A

Associate Professor
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Center for Nursing Education, Simulation, and Innovation
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Teaching Information

Teaching Interests

  • Innovative Learning Strategies
  • High Fidelity Simulation
  • Standardized Patient Programs
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Using Simulation to Improve Resiliency among Pre-deployment Crews
  • Simulating the Austere Environment for Critical Care Transport Training
  • Partnering with National Center for Medical Readiness to develop Interdisciplinary Emergency Preparedness Training
  • Partnering with Bio Medical Engineers to develop ICU of the Future and Open Access EMR

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Using live, virtual, and simulated experiences to improve health care training and decision making
  • Promoting interprofessional collaborative practice through simulation
  • Creating the ICU of the Future utilizing an Open Access Electronic Medical Record
  • Simulation Intervention for Family Caregivers of Patients
  • En Route Care, Hand-off Standardization, and Training

Research Projects

  • Awarded: Ohio Federal Military Jobs Commission: Improving Healthcare Training and Decision Making through Live, Virtual, and Constructive Training: Air Force Research Laboratory, Human Performance Wing. Total Project Funding: $3,608.923.00 Co PI: Alfes: 15% Effort; 2 year Project, Total Budget per year $24,645.00
  • Awarded: Ohio Board of Regents Joint Use Agreement: Dorothy Ebersbach Academic Center for Flight Nursing, Mt Sinai Skills and Simulation Center, and Cuyahoga Community College. Provide training and research to pre-service and practicing health care professionals in flight nursing and critical care transport. Total Award: $500,000; DEACFN: $192,192.00 for equipment and simulation portion of initiative
  • Awarded: Principle Investigator, Andrew Reimer; Co-Investigator, Celeste Alfes. "HASTE Project: Hand-off Standardization and Training," the Laerdal Foundation, Stavanger, Norway. $20,000.
  • Awarded: Principle Investigator. "Standardized patient versus role play strategies: A comparative study measuring patient-centered care and safety in psychiatric mental health nursing," National League for Nursing Education Research Grant: Joyce Griffin-Sobel Grant Recipient. $20,000 for one year.
  • Submitted: Principal Investigator, Celeste Alfes: National League for Nursing: Promoting Interprofessional Collaborative Practice through Simulation, $25,000, 2 year grant.
  • Submitted: Principal Investigator, Susan Mazanec; Co Investigators, Jennifer Dorth, Celeste Alfes, Barbara Daly. "Simulation Intervention for Family Caregivers of Patients with Head and Neck Cancer," National Institutes of Health (R01).

Awards and Honors

Frances Payne Bolton Innovation Award, Faculty Development in Best Practices of Simulation to Promote Interprofessional Collaborative Practice.
Case Western Reserve University
Frances Payne Bolton Innovation Award, Enhancing simulation utilization through collaboration.
Case Western Reserve University


Patterson, B.J. & Alfes, C.M. (2018). Research collaboration among doctorally prepared educators: Guest editorial. Nursing Education Perspectives, 39(5), 270. Published in the NLN 25th Anniversary Edition for the NLN Summit, September/October.

Alfes, C.M.; Rutherford-Hemming, T.; Schroeder-Jenkinson, C.; Booth-Lord, C.; & Zimmermann, E. (2018). Promoting interprofessional collaborative practice through simulation. Nursing Education Perspectives, 39 (15), 322-323. Published ahead of print on 2/12/18; Published in NLN 25th Anniversary Edition for NLN Summit, September/October. http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000285

Zimmermann, E. & Alfes, C.M. (2018). Simulating the role of the parent: Promoting family centered care.  Nursing Education Perspectives, May/June.

Alfes, C.M. (2018). Simulation training to meet new Ohio Board of Nursing requirements. Ohio Nurse: Official Publication of the Ohio Nurses Foundation, 11(2), 9.

Reimer, A.P., & Alfes, C.M. Rowe, A.S., & Rodriguez-Fox, B.M. (2018). Emergency Patient Handoffs: Literature Review and Training Tool Development. J. Continuing Education in Nursing 2018 Jan 1;49 (1), 34-41. PMID:2938458

Lee, A., Kelley, C., Alfes, C.M., Bennigton, L.K., Dolansky, M. A. (2017, December). High-fidelity patient simulation to evaluate student nurse patient safety competency. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 13, (12), 628-633. 

Alfes, C.M. & Madigan, E. A. (2017). Promoting simulation globally: Networking with nursing colleagues across five continents. Nursing Education Perspectives, 38 (4), 216-217.

Gregoire, J.; Alfes, C.M.; Reimer, A.; & Terhaar, M. (2017). Flying lessons for clinicians: Developing system II practice. Air Medical Journal, 36(2017), 135-137. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.amj.2017.02.003

Rutherford-Hemming, T., & Alfes, C.M. (2017, February). The use of hospital-based simulation in nursing education, A systematic review. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 13 (2), 78-89. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecns.2016.12.007.

Foronda, C., Alfes, C.M., Dev, P., Kleinheksel, A.J., Nelson, D.A., O’Donnell, J.M., Samosky, J.T. (2017). Virtually nursing: emerging technologies in nursing education. Nurse Educator. 42 (1), 14-17. http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/NNE.0000000000000295

Alfes, C.; Rowe, A.; Reimer, A.  (2016). Air Medical Transport Conference Abstracts. Joint training flight simulation exercises: Missed elements in pre-hospital hand-offs in Air Medical Journal, 35 (5), 277-287. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.amj.2016.07.021

Alfes, C.; Steiner, S.; Rutherford-Hemming, T. (2016). Challenges and resources for new crew members: A descriptive exploratory study. Air Medical Journal, 35(2016), 212-215. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.amj.2016.04.006

Alfes, C. M. & Reimer, A. (2016, June). Joint training simulation exercises: Missed elements in prehospital patient handoffs. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 12 (6), 215-218. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecns.2016.02.003

Alfes, C. M. & Rowe, A. S. (2016). Interprofessional flight camp attracts 29 graduate nurses from Puerto Rico, Air Medical Journal, 35 (2016), 70-72. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.amj.2015.12.008

Alfes, C. M. (2015). Standardized patient versus role-play strategies: A comparative study measuring patient-centered care and safety in psychiatric mental health nursing. Nursing Education Perspectives, 36 (6), 403-405. Doi: 0.5480/1 4-1535

Alfes, C. M. (2015). Cleared for take off: How a leading-edge flight nursing simulation center got off the groundSigma Theta Tau: Reflections on Nursing Leadership, 41 (3), 12-16.


Doctor of Nursing Practice
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Akron, Akron, Ohio
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
University of Akron, Akron, Ohio