• Nicole Harder
  • Associate dean (undergraduate)
    Associate professor

    College of Nursing
    Helen Glass Centre for Nursing
    Room 455 - 89 Curry Place
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2

    Phone: 204-474-6714
    Fax: 204-474-7682
    Email: nicole.harder@umanitoba.ca

Research summary

Dr. Nicole Harder’s current research creates, implements, and studies the use of simulation as a pedagogy to teach technical and non-technical skills to health care providers and students. While primarily a qualitative researcher, she also uses mixed-methods and quantitative methods to evaluate the outcomes of the simulation interventions.

Current research interests include:

  • Psychologically safe debriefing following expected and unexpected death in simulation
  • Addressing racism through culturally diverse simulation and debriefing experiences
  • Developing coping and resiliency strategies in new healthcare practitioners using simulation

Research affiliations


Dr. Nicole Harder is an associate professor, College of Nursing, and the Mindermar professor in Human Simulation, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba.

She has conducted several education sessions nationally and internationally educating faculty members on the pedagogy of simulation in the health professions.

Her simulation research work has been funded by local, provincial and national funding bodies.

She has authored over 40 papers and several book chapters on the use of simulation in nursing education, mainly in the area of non-technical skills development.

Dr. Harder is the editor-in-chief for the peer reviewed journal Clinical Simulation In Nursing. She is also a former board member for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning and for the Réseau Simulation Canada Network.

She is also an educator for the Canadian Association for Schools of Nursing in the Simulation Nurse Educator certificate program.


PhD, University of Alberta (2012)

Master of Public Administration, University of Manitoba/University of Winnipeg (2002)

Bachelor of Nursing, University of Manitoba (1996)


Dr. Harder has received several awards, including but not limited to:


  • CASN Award for Excellence in Nursing Education (tenured)


  • Non-Research Article of the Year: Turner, S., & Harder, N. "Psychological safe environment: A concept analysis." Published in Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 18, 47-55
  • Winter Graduation Class Teaching Excellence Award (student-nominated)
  • People’s Choice Award – Best Digital Poster from Wounds Canada: McSwiggan, J., Harder, N., Halas, G., Parking, J., Friesen, M., Zhong, W., Labine, L., & ffrench, C. Wound Dressing Selection (WounDS) App: A Clinical Decision-Making Tool for Family Medicine Residents. Presented at the 2018 Spring Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba


  • First place in Nursing Information Technology category, American Journal of Nursing 2017 Book of the Year Awards, for "Simulation in Canada" edited by Foisy-Doll & K. Leighton
  • Professional Nursing Award – Excellence in Nursing Education, awarded by the Association for Registered Nurses of Manitoba

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Contact us

College of Nursing
Helen Glass Centre for Nursing
89 Curry Place
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus) 
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada