“Critical Conversations and Teaching Thinking

WASHA in collaboration with Laerdal Australia welcomed WASHA members to share a morning with Dr Forneris.  In Australia for the SUN meeting, Dr Forneris presented a short lecture on critical conversations, with an emphasis on conceptualising learning as meaning making; the cognitive strategy for being critical; and engaging learners through curious, purposeful learning conversations.  Dr Forneris then facilitated a workshop on ‘Teaching Thinking’.




Susan Forneris PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE-A

Susan Gross Forneris PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE-A is currently the Excelsior Deputy Director, Center for Innovation in Simulation and Technology, National League for Nursing, Washington, DC.

Selected for inclusion in the 2010 inaugural group of NLN Simulation Leaders, Dr. Forneris has been working in the field of clinical simulation since 2007. Dr. Forneris’ expertise is in curriculum development with emphasis on simulation and debriefing in combination with her research on critical thinking. She served as a simulation expert for the NLN ACE.S Team (Advancing Care Excellence for Seniors) and a simulation author for the NLN ACE.Z Alzheimer’s simulation scenario series. 

Dr. Forneris is currently the NLN project manager in the development of simulation scenarios focused on nursing assessment and fundamentals. She is actively engaged in initiating multi-site simulation research on simulation and debriefing and in the area of high stakes testing with the MN Consortium for Nursing Education and Research. She has several publications focused on the development and use of reflective teaching strategies.


With thanks to CTEC, The University of Western Australia, for hosting the event.