Sharon Decker, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAANSharon Decker is a Professor in the Anita Thigpen Perry School of Nursing at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) in Lubbock. Additionally, she is the Director of The F. Marie Hall SimLife Center and the Director of the Health Sciences Center’s Quality Enhancement Program (QEP): Interprofessional Team.
As the Director of The F. Marie Hall SimLife Center, Dr. Decker has administrative oversight for the 24,500 sq. ft. multimodality interprofessional simulation center and simulation activities at the School of Nursing’s regional campuses. As the Director of TTUHSC’s Quality Enhancement Plan, she facilitates the integration of activities to promote interprofessional teamwork skills among TTUHSC students from five schools and between seven campuses.
As a member of the Standards Committee for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, she is instrumental in the development of standards for simulation. As a member of the Certification Committee for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, Dr. Decker is assisting in developing the certification process for Simulation Educators.
Dr. Decker’s educational research, supported by multiple grants, is related to how simulation can be used to improve learning and promote professional competencies. She serves as a national and international consultant to assist nurse educators in the integration of simulation into curricula and competency assessments.
Dr. Decker received her BSN from Baylor University, her MSN for the University of Texas at Arlington, and her PhD from Texas Woman’s University. She is a Fellow in the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nursing Education and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.