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Melanie Leigh Cason RN, PhD, CNE, CHSE

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  • Assistant Professor
  • College of Nursing
  • Department of Nursing
Academic Focus
  • Simulation
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Transition to Practice
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Dr. Melanie Leigh Cason is an Assistant Professor for the College of Nursing in the accelerated undergraduate nursing program and the graduate nurse educator courses. Dr. Cason is the Director of the Simulation Program for the College of Nursing. She received her Associates in Science from the University of South Carolina, Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina, Master of Science in Nursing from Drexel University and her PhD from the University of Phoenix.

Dr. Cason has an extensive clinical background in critical care nursing, emergency nursing, hospice, nursing management and clinical education. She has taught at the undergraduate and graduate level with a focus on nursing leadership and education. Dr. Cason is the founder of the South Carolina Nursing Education Simulation Alliance. She is an advanced TeamSTEPPS facilitator and an instructor for "Stop the Bleed" course as developed by the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Cason is board certified as a Certified Nurse Educator from the National League for Nursing in 2011. She is an alumnus of the National League for Nursing Simulation Leaders program. Dr. Cason is also certified as a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Dr. Cason is a member of the National League for Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, Society for Simulation in Healthcare, International Nursing Association for Simulation and Clinical Learning and the American Nurses Association. Dr. Cason has served on the Editorial Advisory Board for the National League of Nursing Technology Edge and serves as a consultant to the NLN. She is a recipient of the Palmetto Gold Award for Nursing Excellence, the South Carolina League of Nursing Award of Excellence, and the INASCL Excellence in Mentoring award.

Dr. Cason’s interests include the effects of simulation on clinical judgment, team science, patient safety, new graduate transition to practice, and inter-professional education.

Key Words: simulation, nursing education, inter-professional education and practice