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

Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Teaching Information

Teaching Interests

  • Leadership and Management 
  • Inquiry I for DNP Students
  • 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

  • Mazanec, S.; Daly, B.; Alfes, C.M. (7/1/2019-6/30/2023). Building Family Caregiver Skills Using a Simulation-Based Intervention for Care of Patients with Cancer. NIH/NCI. R37 Merit Award. FPB Grant ID 1008. Alfes: 10% effort.
  • Griswold, M.; Alfes, C.M.; Stephens, J.P.; Landers, M.; Oestreich, T. (2019).  Seed Sprint: A Quantitative Approach to Analyze Interpersonal Communication and Teamwork through Microsoft HoloLens. ThinkBig Seed Sprint Award, $18,288.00
  • Drummond, C.K., Alfes, C. M., Rowbottom, J., & Hodge, B. (2018-2019). Clinical theatre assistant Internet of Things Internal Planning Grant Competition: Case Western Reserve University, $10,000.00, 3/1/18-3/31/19. 
  • Alfes, C.M., Kelley, C., Brooks, L., Grosh, M., Brubaker,S., Drummond, C., (2018). Evaluating the efficacy of telehealth 2.0 services in academic, clinical, and remote settings to impact vulnerable populations in Cleveland. Funded by Ruth Mercatz, FPB Alum, $9,000.00: 3/1/18-3/31/19.
  • 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.

Awards and Honors

Inaugural Coldiron Fellow
Marian K. Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy
American Academy of Nursing
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
Case Western Reserve University
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
Case Western Reserve University
Clinical Simulation in Nursing Certificate of Excellence in Reviewing
Simulation Leader in Nursing Education Award
University Center for Innovation and Teaching Excellence (UCITE) Nord Grant
NLN’s Leadership Development Program for Simulation Educators
Bolton Scholar Faculty Award given by Dr. Joyce Fitzpatrick
Case Western Reserve University
Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award: Professional Colleges
Case Western Reserve University

External Appointments


  • Fulbright Specialist: World Learning Fulbright Specialist Program,  8/9/2019-8/9/2022
  • University of L’Aquila: L’Aquila, Italy, 7/2019-10/2019
  • Aichi Medical University School of Nursing: Nagoya Japan, 2/14-2/24/2013


Voss, J.G.; Alfes, C.M.; Clark, A.; Lilly, K.D.; Moore, S. (2022). Why mentoring matters for new graduates transitioning to practice: Implications for nurse leaders. Nurse Leader, Published online 2/5/2022. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mnl.2022.01.003

Fusco, L.A.; Alfes, C.M.; Zimmermann, E.; Weaver, A. (2021). Medication safety competence of undergraduate nursing students. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 52(C), 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecns.2020.12.003

Owens, R. A.; Alfes, C.M.; Evan, S.; Wyka, K.; Fitzpatrick, J.J. (2020). An exploratory study of a 3-minute mindfulness intervention on compassion fatigue in nurses. Holistic Nursing Practice, 34(5), 274-281, September/October 2020. doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000402

Reimer, A.; Kaniecki, D.; Ruszala, M.; Alfes, C.M. (2020). Usefulness of a simulated helicopter transport experience for medical resident training. Air Medical Journal, 39 (4). 10.1016/j.amj.2020.04.009

Masotta, V.; Da Fermo P.; Dante, A.; La Cerra, C.; Caponnetto, V.; Petrucci, C.; Alfes, C.M.; Lancia, L. (2020). The use of tourniquet in trauma hemorrhages in the civil field: A narrative revision of the literature. Scenario:Associazione Nazionale Infermieri di Area Critica, 37 (1), 6-11. https://scenario.aniarti.it/index.php/scenario/article/view/408 Published online 4/29/2020.

Alfes, C. M. (2020). Improving air medical transport safety and training: A nurse leader perspective. Nurse Leader, 18 (1), 63-66. https://doi.org/10.1016/jmnl.2019.11.011

Dante, A.; Franconib, I.; Marucci, A.R.; Alfes, C.M.; Lancia, L. (2020). Evaluating the interchangeably of forehead, tympanic, and axillary thermometers in Italian pediatric clinical settings: Results of a multicentre observational study. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, Published online 12/14/19. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2019.11.014

Seshadri, D.R.; Li, R.T; Voos, J.E.; Rowbottom, J.R., Alfes, C.M.;  Zorman,C.A.; & Drummond, C.K. (2019). Wearable Sensors for Monitoring the Internal and External Workload of the Athlete. NPJ: Digital Medicine, 2:71. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41746-019-0149-2 

Seshadri, D.R.; Li, R.T; Voos, J.E.; Rowbottom, J.R., Alfes, C.M.;  Zorman, C.A; & Drummond, C.K. (2019). Wearable Sensors for Monitoring the Physiological and Biochemical Profile of the Athlete. NPJ:Digital Medicine, 2:72. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41746-019-0150-9

Maznec, S.R.; Sandstrom, K.; Colletta, D.; Dorth, J.; Zender, C., Alfes, C.M.; Daly, B.J. (2019). Building family caregiver skills using a simulation-based intervention: A randomized pilot trial.  Oncology Nursing Forum, 46(4), 419–427. DOI 10.1188/19.ONF.419-427

Rutherford-Hemming, T., Alfes, C. M., Breymier, T. (2019). A Systematic Review of the Use of Standardized Patients as a Simulation Modality in Nursing Education. Nursing Education Perspectives, March/April, 40(2), 84-90. DOI: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000401

La Cerra, C; Dante, A.; Caponnetto, V.; Franconi, I.; Gaxhja, E.; Petrucci, C.; Alfes, C. M.; Lancia, L. (2019). Effects of high-fidelity simulation based on life-threatening clinical condition scenarios on learning outcomes of undergraduate and postgraduate nursing students: A systematic review and meta-analysis. British Medical Journal (9):e025306.

Kelley, C.G. & Alfes, C.M. (2019). Using alumni as standardized patients: Interviewing using videoconferencing. Nurse Educator, 44(4).

Zimmermann, E. & Alfes, C. M. (2019). Simulating the role of the parent: Promoting family centered care. Nursing Education Perspectives, 40 (2), 121-122.

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 ground, Sigma 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
Master of Business Administration
Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University