About Me

My name is Jocelyn Ludlow.

I have been a nurse since 2000 when I started as a telemetry nurse. Over the years, I have worked as a bedside nurse, a nurse educator, and a tenured faculty. I’ve presented at the local and national level at simulation, nursing science, and nursing education conferences on a variety of topics including prebriefing in simulation, in-situ simulation programs, curriculum design, and innovations in nurse education.


I received my Ph.D. in nursing from Washington State University where I researched the prebriefing practices of prelicensure nursing programs in the United States. I am engaged with the simulation community at the national level on the international simulation standards committee and locally, I’m the vice president of the board for the Pacific Northwest Healthcare Simulation Collaborative.


My passion is teaching and learning design, curriculum development, and innovative teaching approaches grounded in learning theories such as cognitive load theory, social learning theories, brain-based learning, constructivism, situated cognition, and experiential learning. Even before I became a nurse, I knew I wanted to teach. My first degree, an AA in music and English was going to be the beginning of my path to a career as an English professor. I then found myself called to nursing as a way to channel my lifelong fascination with health and science. I practiced as a bedside nurse for almost 10 years before moving to the classroom. I began teaching in a tenured faculty position, teaching and managing the skills lab. I oversaw all lab courses and simulation, along with teaching med-surg content and informatics. I also had the opportunity to be part of the team that developed the first WA State-approved RN-BSN program and its curriculum at a community college. I also created curriculum and courses for a federally funded healthcare informatics training program. I have also worked as a nurse educator in the hospital setting where I developed preceptor training and was a certified de-escalation trainer. I have also coordinated a simulation education program for a teaching hospital, which gave me the opportunity to teach nurses and medical residents.

I was drawn to simulation initially because of the technology and over all “coolness” of it. But I soon learned it is a powerful teaching tool for all levels of healthcare learners, both students and practitioners. I am passionate about creating a safe learning space, where accomplishments are signs of growth and mistakes are opportunities for growth. This led me to researching prebriefing because an effective simulation prebriefing is a key element of psychological safety for learners.

I am now Director of Simulation for the University of Washington School of Nursing in Seattle, WA. It has been an amazing opportunity for me to grow and expand my leadership skills with an excellent team in a supportive environment.

I recently completed my PhD at Washington State University. Read more about my research interests here.

I live in Washington State with my charming and patient husband. I have two grown children (a daughter and a son) and am the proud dogmom of Taz and I am crazy cat lady for our Tacocat. My hobbies include cooking, gardening, hiking, jogging, yoga, camping, watching tik tok videos, catching up on social media, and working on home improvement projects.

My Education

PhD in Nursing May 2021
Washington State University, Spokane WA

Masters of Nursing June 2009
University of Washington, Bothell

Bachelors of Science in Nursing May 2000
University of Mary Hardin Baylor, Belton, TX

Associates in Arts: Music and English Concentration May 1994
Cameron University, Lawton, OK


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