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

celeste alfes


Email: cms11@case.edu

Phone: 216.368.4812


Associate Professor in the School of Nursing + Director of the Center for Nursing Education, Simulation, and Innovation

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 and Grants

  • 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).

Education Interests

  • Innovative Learning Strategies
  • High Fidelity Simulation
  • Standadized 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

Educational Background

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice: DNP                                                 May 2010
    • Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
    • Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Master of Science in Nursing: MSN                                             May 1989  
    • University of Akron, Akron, Ohio
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: BSN                                           May 1987
    • University of Akron, Akron, Ohio

Accreditations and Awards

  • Frances Payne Bolton Innovation Award: Alfes, C. & Rutherford-Hemming, T. Faculty Development in Best Practices of Simulation to Promote Interprofessional Collaborative Practice. Award: $3,000.00
  • Frances Payne Bolton Innovation Award: Zimmerman, E., Alfes, C., Drummond, C. Enhancing simulation utilization through collaboration. Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. Award: $3,000.00

Recent Publications

  • 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 ground, Sigma Theta Tau: Reflections on Nursing Leadership, 41 (3), 12-16.
  • Alfes, C. M., Conrad, M., Sullivan-Mann, J., Ford, C. B.,Weaver, A. (2014). The journey of transitioning to a simulation nurse leader in Ohio. In L. Caputi (Ed.), Innovations in Nursing Education: Building the Future of Nursing, Volume 2, Chapter 25. Washington, DC: National League for Nursing.
  • Alfes, C. M. & Manacci, C. F. (2014, September). Taking simulation to new Heights: Designing a flight simulation center. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 10 (9), 442- 445.
  • Alfes, C. M., Aronson, B., Bethards, M., Chesney, T., DeLuna, R. ,Newton, R., Weaver, A. (2014). NLN’s simulation leaders give SIRC bibliography site a makeover. Nursing Education Perspectives.35(5), 340-341.
  • Alfes, C. M. (2013). Nursing alumni as standardized patients: An untapped resource. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 9 (12), e593-e597.
  • Alfes, C. M. (2012). Help Wanted: Graduate teaching assistants for the Center for Nursing Education, Simulation, and Innovation. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 11/29/12, doi:10.1016/j.ecns.2012.04.002
  • Alfes, C. M. (2012). Using simulation to introduce beginning students to patient centered care and communication. Quality and Safety Education for Nurses: Teaching Strategies, Published 7/5/12.

Related Sites

FPB's Center for Nursing Education, Simulation, and Innovation