Sunny Hallowell

PhD, RN, PPCNP-BC Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing

Sunny G. Hallowell is an Assistant Professor and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Villanova University's M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing. 

Dr. Hallowell has been recognized for her innovative mixed-methods approach to reduce medication administration errors using a game-based, immersive virtual reality simulation. Her pioneering work with nursing students in the design of virtual gaming simulations has created clinical learning environments rooted in science and social justice. As a member of Aequitas, Villanova's Presidential Task Force on Race, she is committed to cultivating positive cultural change across the campus.

As a Macy Faculty Scholar, Dr. Hallowell will design, develop, and test Inclusive Clinical Advocacy - Responsible Education through a web-based virtual gaming simulation (ICARE-VGS) to support healthcare providers' development of clinical and communication skills to promote equity, diversity, and belonging in the communities they serve.  

Elizabeth Burgess Dowdell, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Coordinator for Undergraduate Research at the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, serves as Dr. Hallowell's mentor. 

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