Wilkes University

Clinical and Simulation-Based Learning

The division of Clinical and Simulation-based Learning (CSBL) facilitates student development using a combination of in-situ and simulation-based learning (SBL) opportunities.

Experiential learning activities help students build on knowledge they gain in the classroom setting.

Using techniques such as pre-conference, pre-briefing, and concept mapping, students develop clinical reasoning skills. These skills are applied in clinical situations, inter-professional education (IPE), and SBL experiences to develop clinical nursing judgment skills. The development of clinical nursing judgment facilitates the transition from student to professional nurse and equips the nurse to succeed in an ever-changing health care setting.

Meet the CSBL faculty and staff:

Joyce Victor

Joyce Victor, PhD, RN-BC, CHSE-A.
Director, Clinical and Simulation-based Learning

Dr. Victor is a four-time Wilkes graduate and is proud to be both faculty and alumna at Wilkes. She earned her PhD from Duquesne University, where her dissertation, “Effect of an Experiential Learning Model for Simulation Design on Clinical Nursing Judgment Development in Pre-Licensure Baccalaureate Nursing Students”, won the distinguished dissertation award for the School of Nursing in 2015. Her clinical background is in critical care and she was an Educational Coordinator for Mercy Health Systems prior to joining Wilkes University.

Dr. Victor is Regional Faculty for the American Heart Association’s Basic, Advanced, and Pediatric Life Support Programs and is active in their PA-NJ-DE Emergency Cardiac Care Programs. She is board certified in Nursing Professional Development and holds advanced certification as a simulation educator through the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (CHSE-A).

You can contact Dr. Victor at (570) 408-4075 or joyce.victor@wilkes.edu. Her office is located in the Clinical Nursing Simulation Center (CNSC)- SLC015.

Website: www.joyce-victor.com

Kimberly Hearst

Kimberly Hearst
Secretary, Clinical and Simulation-based Learning
(570) 408-4089

Lori Drozdis, MSN, RN
Coordinator, Nursing Student Services
Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Nursing
Freshman Student Advisor

Mrs. Drozdis possesses experience in the nursing profession and in teaching nursing to a diverse population of students.  She is a two time Wilkes alumna, who demonstrates the ability to create and sustain supportive learning environments and services that promote student success.  She is experienced with interprofessional education, online nursing instruction, ATI TEAS testing, Castlebranch medical document review, simulation based learning, program development and ongoing assessment of program effectiveness.  Mrs. Drozdis is noted for the ability to foster partnerships with health care institutions, providers, community organizations, students and educational institutions. As the advisor for freshman nursing students, she mentors, coaches and connects students to support services on the Wilkes campus.

You can contact Mrs. Drozdis at (570) 408-4092 or lori.drozdis@wilkes.edu. Her office is located in the Clinical Nursing Simulation Center (CNSC)- SLC016. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30-4:30 p.m. 

Cathy Hauze

Catherine Hauze, MSN, RN
Coordinator, Simulation-based Learning

Mrs. Hauze earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Wilkes-University.  She holds a Master of Science in Nursing Education.  She is a member and past president of Zeta Psi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society.  Mrs. Hauze has been with Wilkes University since 2008 assuming the role of adjunct clinical associate, adjunct clinical instructor, Clinical Simulation Specialist, and most recently Simulation Coordinator in the Clinical Nursing Simulation Center.  Her clinical background is in Medical/Surgical and Telemetry nursing.  She continues to work as a staff nurse on a telemetry unit at Geisinger Wyoming Valley.  Mrs. Hauze is also an instructor for the American Heart Association. 


Lori Novitski, BSN, RN
Coordinator, Clinical Placement
Training Center Coordinator, American Heart Association Programs

Mrs. Novitski is a 1987 graduate of Penn State University and is presently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Nursing Education at Wilkes University. Her clinical background is in Pediatric, Medical/Surgical, Long-Term Care, and Home Health nursing. She has held administrative positions including Director of Nursing for a Long-Term and Personal Care Facility, Nurse Manager/Patient Care Supervisor in a hospital setting, and Nursing Supervisor for a Home Health Agency. Mrs. Novitski has been adjunct clinical faculty at Wilkes University since 2006 and assumed a full-time position in August of 2014 working in the Clinical Nursing Simulation Center and functioning as the American Heart Association Coordinator. In June of 2015, she became the Clinical Placement Coordinator for both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.

Most recently, the Wilkes University Passan School of Nursing has achieved the status as an American Heart Association Training Center of which Mrs. Novitski is the coordinator. The center offers certifications in ACLS, PALS, BLS, and Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED through both online and classroom courses. These classes are open to students, staff, and faculty at Wilkes University, and the community at large.

You can contact Mrs. Novitski at (570) 408-4091 or lori.novitski@wilkes.edu. Her office is located in the Clinical Nursing Simulation Center (CNSC)-SL016a.