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Dawn Swiderski, MSN, RN, CCRN

Simulation Center Director Dawn M. Swiderski, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, CHSE, leads the simulation educational initiatives at Carolinas Healthcare System’s Carolinas Simulation Center. 

In 2007, Dawn was an integral part of the creation of Carolinas Simulation Center, and in 2012, she became a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE). Today, she is a lead faculty member on the CHSE Readiness Review Committee for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

As director of Carolinas Simulation Center, Dawn finds opportunities for improvement, innovation and research and manages change initiatives for the integration of simulation technology into clinician and student education.


Mark Bullard, MD, FACEP, serves as medical director of Carolinas Simulation Center. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati, and completed his residency in emergency medicine at Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center in 2004. In 2008, he helped create the department of emergency medicine’s simulation program.

Dr. Bullard has developed and implemented curriculum that integrates high-fidelity medical simulation to train residents and other medical professionals in a consistent, safe and efficient environment. Dr. Bullard utilizes a hands-on learning model that incorporates guided discussion, debriefing and feedback and has helped define simulation as an educational tool for Atrium Health.

Dr. Bullard studied simulation education at the Center for Medical Simulation in Boston and completed his MS-HPEd (Master of Science in Health Professions Education) at MGH Institute of Health Professionals. In addition to being the medical director for the Carolinas Simulation Center, he is also director of the department of emergency medicine’s simulation program and director of Carolinas Healthcare System’s Intern Simulation Common Critical Care Curriculum (4Cs).



Erinn Myers, MD, FACOG, FPRMS, surgical director for Carolinas Simulation Center, joined the faculty of the obstetrics and gynecology department at Atrium Health in 2014 after completing a Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship at the University of North Carolina. 

She has a passion for resident and fellow education and enjoys engaging learners in laparoscopic, robotic, and vaginal surgical techniques both in the operating room and simulation lab. Her application to become a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons has been approved, and she currently holds Initiate status. She will be inducted as a fellow October 2017.


Kim Blount, DNP, RN, CCNS, CCRN, is a simulation education manager at Carolinas Simulation Center. She has over 30 years of experience in adult and pediatric critical care with a specialty in cardiothoracic medical and surgical patients. In 1986, she received her BSN from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and began her professional nursing career at Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center. In 1994, she earned a MSN in Adult Health Critical Care from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and began practice as an Advanced Practice, Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist. During her career, she has spoken nationally, led interdisciplinary teams to improve patient outcomes, improved clinical competencies for direct care nurses, implemented nursing research fellowships, and created a successful system-wide transition to practice program for new graduate critical care nurses.

In 2015, she earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Alabama where her research focus was the Impact of the Simulation Observer Role in the Development of Clinical Judgement Skills in the New Graduate Nurse. Dr. Blount is published in peer reviewed journals as well as the author of book chapters in acclaimed critical care nursing textbooks. In 2018, she joined the team at Carolinas Simulation Center where she continues to focus on best practices in simulation based education.


Crystal Bencken

Crystal L. Bencken, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, CHSE, a simulation service line educator at Carolinas Simulation Center, received her BSN from the University of Kansas in 1997.  During her 16 years as an emergency nurse, she worked in teaching hospitals and trauma centers across the United States and has been involved with departmental education and leadership. In 2011, Crystal received her MSN in Nursing Education from Duke University, where her introduction to simulation changed her life. 

In 2013, she joined the team at Carolinas Simulation Center. Her simulation projects include in-situ simulation for process evaluation, reduction of hospital readmissions from skilled nursing facilities, transition to practice courses for new graduate nurses, and simulation education in emergency departments for pediatric and neonatal emergencies. Crystal became a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) in 2016.


Kendra Mickens, MSN, RN, a simulation service line educator at Carolinas Simulation Center, received her BSN from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 2001. In 2016, Kendra received her MSN in Nursing Education from ECPI University, and was introduced to Carolinas Simulation Center through her preceptorship.

Her nursing career has included a focus in Women’s Health and Pediatrics. Her first 13 years of nursing were spent in the specialized areas of High Risk Obstetrics and Gynecology, followed by School Health. In 2014 her focus switched to nursing education, and she became a faculty member in a practical nursing program.

In 2017, Kendra joined the team at Carolinas Simulation Center. Her simulation projects have included process improvements, women’s services track in the transition to practice program, and in-situ obstetrical emergencies.


Jennifer Noble

Jennifer F. Noble, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BC, CEN, a simulation service line educator at Carolinas Simulation Center, completed her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Shenandoah University in 2002.  In 2014, Jennifer received her MSN in Nursing Education from Old Dominion University with an Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Certification.

In 2015, Jennifer joined the team at Carolinas Simulation Center.  Her simulation projects have included the Carolinas College of Health Sciences’ Nursing Program, the Surgical Trauma ICU Expedition Program, the Center for Advanced Clinical Practice, and the General Surgery Residency Program . She is a certified instructor in advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support.