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Tonya L. Breymier, Ph.D., RN, CNE, COI

Nursing Program Director & Clinical Professor

Full-Time Faculty


Email: Tonya Breymier, Ph.D., RN, CNE, COI
Phone: 937-229-4205

Raymond L. Fitz Hall, Room 646F


  • Ph.D. in Human Services, Capella University
  • M.S.N. in Nursing Education, Ball State University
  • B.S.N., Wright State University

Licensures & certifications

  • Registered Nurse, Ohio/Ohio Board of Nursing
  • Registered Nurse, Indiana/Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
  • Certificate: Leadership in Simulation Instruction and Management, Robert Morris University
  • Certified Online Instructor, LERN
  • Certified Nurse Educator, NLN

Professional activities

  • Clinical Simulation in Nursing, Reviewer

Professional memberships

  • Sigma Theta Tau- National Nursing Honor Society
  • International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, Member
  • Society for Simulation in Healthcare, member
  • National League for Nursing
  • Ohio League for Nursing

Service activities

  • Coalition for a Healthy Darke County, member
  • Wayne Healthcare Foundation, Board member- Chair, 2019


  • 2018, 2016, Indiana University International Travel Grant, IU, Bloomington, Indiana, $3,000
  • 2015, Indiana University Women’s Philanthropy Grant, Bloomington, Indiana, $15,000
  • 2015, Edith Anderson Leadership Education Grant, Sigma Theta Tau, Indianapolis, Indiana, $750

Awards & honors

  • 2016, Elizabeth Lion University Service Award, Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 2016, Distinguished Faculty Service Award, Indiana University East, Richmond, Indiana
  • 2014- 2016, Indiana University FACET Leadership Institute Team, Richmond, Indiana
  • 2014, Helen Lees Award for Excellence in Teaching, Indiana University East, Richmond, Indiana
  • 2013, National League for Nursing, LEAD program for the Leadership Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • 2012- 2014, Indiana University FACET Leadership Institute Team, Richmond, Indiana
  • 2009, Karen Cobb in Creative Teaching in Nursing Education Award, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana

Research interests

  • Simulation Education
  • Innovative Teaching Strategies
  • Creative Nursing Education Models
  • Research Tool Validation

Selected publications/presentations


Sullivan, N., Swoboda, S. M., Breymier, T., Lucas, L., Sarasnick, J., Rutherford-Hemming, T., Budhathoki, C., & Kardong-Edgren, S. (S.) (2019, May). Emerging evidence toward a 2:1 clinical to simulation ratio: A study comparing the traditional clinical and simulation settings. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 30(C), 34-41.

Rutherford-Hemming, T., Alfes, C., & Breymier, T. (2019). A systematic review of the use of standardized patients as a simulation modality in nursing education.  Nursing Education Perspectives.

Breymier, T. L. (2019). Curriculum mapping. In, The Encyclopedia of Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Breymier, T., & Rutherford-Hemming, T. (2017). Use of high-fidelity simulation to increase knowledge and skills in caring for patients receiving blood products. Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America, 29(3).

Baumann, P., Breymier, T., & Clark, K. (2017). QSEN competencies in the online environment. In R. Alexander (Ed.), Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning across Academic Disciplines. Fairfax, Va: George Mason University Press.

Breymier, T., Rutherford-Hemming, T., Horsley, T., Atz, T., Smith, L., Badowski, D., Connor, K. (2015). Substitution of clinical experience with simulation in pre-licensure nursing programs: A national survey in the United States. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 11(11), pp. 472-478.


Rutherford-Hemming, T., Lioce, L., & Breymier, T. (2019). Prebriefing: An essential element to successful simulations. Society for Simulation in Healthcare annual IMSH meeting, San Antonio, Texas.

Breymier, T., Dulemba, L., & Dixon, G. (2018). Symposium- Innovative evaluation strategies: Instilling evidence based practice attitudes that will impact future global health outcomes. Sigma Theta Tau 29th International Nursing Research Congress, Melbourne, Australia.

Rutherford, T., Lioce, L., & Breymier, T. (2018). Prebriefing- The Essential to a Successful Simulated Experience. Society for Simulation in Healthcare, annual IMSH meeting, Los Angeles, California.

Breymier, T. (September 2017). Effective Teamwork and Collaborative Assignments in the Online Environment: Mastering the Challenges and Reaping the Benefits to Develop a Future Community of Colleagues. National League for Nursing Education Summit, San Diego, California.

Breymier, T. (July 2016) Substitution of clinical experience with simulation in pre-licensure nursing programs: A national survey. Oral presentation the Sigma Theta Tau 27thInternational Nursing Research Congress, Cape Town, South Africa.

Rutherford-Hemming, T., & Breymier, T. (June 2016). Determining Content Validity and Reporting a Content Validity Index for Simulation Scenarios. 15th Annual International Nursing Simulation/Learning Resource Centers Conference, Grapevine, Texas.

Breymier, T. (January 2016). Utilizing simulation best practices in the traditional clinical learning environment: Debriefing for meaningful learning (DML) © for effective post-conferences. Electronic-poster for Professor Rounds Theatre at the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, Discover, Share, Lead, San Diego, California.

Scales, T., & Breymier, T. (October 2015). A legacy of leadership and mentorship. Oral presentation, Best Paper Award presented at the Academy of Business Research, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Burns, S., & Breymier T. (October 2015). Deliberate practice: Bridging pharmacology and innovative technology in a virtual environment. Poster presentation at the National League for Nursing National Education Summit, Bridging practice & Education: A New World of Innovation & Technology, Las Vegas, Nevada.


Breymier, T. (June, 2017). The Use of Simulation to Foster Civility: The Next New Competency. Invited Speaker for the Indiana League for Nursing Spring Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Breymier, T. (August 2015). INACSL standards of best practice: Simulation.

Invited speaker for the Southeast Indiana Simulation Consortium, Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

Breymier, T. (July 2014). The future of nursing: Education and practice joining forces to advance health. Invited speaker for the Region II Perinatal Nurse Managers Annual Retreat, Greenville, Ohio.

Breymier, T. (September 2013). The future of nursing: Leading change, advancing health. Invited speaker for the Wayne HealthCare Nurse Managers Retreat, North Star, Ohio.