Betty Speir

Betty Speir, MSN, RN, CHSE

Simulation Nurse Educator

Phone: 678-839-2405 | Fax: 678-839-2462


Office: School of Nursing Building 203D


After graduating from the BSN program at the University of West Georgia, many doors of opportunity opened where I was fortunate to try on various nursing roles from which I gleaned valuable insight into the nursing profession. It was not until I heeded the call to serve as a nurse educator that I began to focus on the art and science of how students learn and progress to expert nurses. Through much research and study, utilizing simulated clinical experiences (SCE) in a simulation lab followed by reflective thinking and debriefing theoretically produced better prepared nurses. Therefore, simulation became my passion and certified nursing specialty. As a nurse educator, I have the privilege of working with the best students who, although bright and dedicated, are still novices with a great deal of growing and learning ahead. Therefore, it is with this principle that I embrace Patricia Benner's concept that


  • B.S., Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of West Georgia,
  • M.S., Master of Science in Biology, University of West Georgia,
  • B.S., Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of West Georgia,
  • Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator,
  • M.S., Master of Science in Nursing, Robert Morris University, 2014

Personal Interests

Holistic health, nutrition and exercise to slow the aging process and live life to the fullest
Inspiring others to choose to be happy through daily positive self-declaration

Professional Memberships and Certifications

Professional Memberships:
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Upsilon Phi Chapter
International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation
Society for Simulation in Healthcare
American Nurses Association
Georgia Association of Nurse Educators

Professional Certifications:
Graduate certificate - Leadership in Simulation Instruction and Management, Robert Morris University
TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer - Tulane Center for Advanced Medical Simulation and Team Training

The most unique thing about our program is

the culture of caring and the dedication of our faculty and staff to the success of our students in their endeavor to become professional registered nurses.

Areas of Expertise or Professional Interests

Clinical Simulation in Nursing Education
Technology in simulation
TeamSTEPPS - Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety
The Art and Science of Debriefing
Quantitative research and the effect simulation has on the transfer of critical thinking skills to the clinical setting
Qualitative research on the effect anxiety has on performance in simulation and the clinical setting