Meet the Professors

Judy LeFlore

Judy LeFlore PhD, RN, NNP-BC, CPNP-AC-PC, ANEF is a Professor of Nursing at UT Arlington, College of Nursing (UTACON) and the Director of Pediatric, Acute Care Pediatric and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Programs. She teaches courses in her area of expertise, pediatrics and neonatology. She is an international expert on medical simulation and her work has been presented at the Second International Pediatric Simulation Symposium and Workshops in Florence, Italy and at the Third International Pediatric Simulation Symposium in Madrid, Spain. She is a highly sought after speaker and presenter. She has received several National and International awards which include: The Bayada Technology Award in 2007 and 2011, Outstanding Researcher Award presented at the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) in 2011, the Piper Professor Teaching Award, and multiple teaching awards. She has recently been named a Fellow in the National League of Nursing's Academy of Nursing Education and was awarded Excellence in Nursing Education Award by D-Magazine. Research related to a grant from the Transforming Undergraduate Education (TUE) program from The University of Texas System in 2009, won first place at the Second Annual International Pediatric Simulation Symposium and Workshop, third place for Emerging and Innovative Methods and Technology Research at the 10th Annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare and first place at the 11th Annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare. The results of Dr. LeFlore’s research have been published in medical and technology peer review journals to include Simulation in Healthcare.

Debra A. Sansoucie

Dr. Debra A. Sansoucie, Ed.D, RN, NNP-BC is currently the Vice President for the Advanced Practitioner Program at Pediatrix Medical Group having recently retired after 25 years from her position as Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program at the Stony Brook University School of Nursing. Dr. Sansoucie received her doctoral degree in nursing education at Teachers College Columbia University. She developed the neonatal nurse practitioner Master of Science program at Stony Brook School of Nursing in 1993, the first of its kind in the state of New York. She later repurposed the NNP program for distance education and it continues as one of the largest programs in the U.S. To date, the program has graduated advanced practice nurses in the neonatal specialty from Saudi, Arabia, Pakistan, Eritrea, and Canada, as well as all regions of the U.S. She has participated in curriculum development for baccalaureate nursing education in Vietnam, and served as adjunct faculty at the Worcester College of Higher Education in Worcester, England to assist in the development of neonatal nurse practitioner education in that country. She also participated in developing and teaching in the DNP program at Stony Brook University. Dr. Sansoucie is involved in impacting practice and outcomes at state and national levels. She chaired a task force for the National Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NANNP) that revised the Education Standards and Curriculum Guidelines for Neonatal Nurse Practitioner programs which was published in 2008. Dr. Sansoucie currently serves as Chair of the Executive Council for NANNP, a division of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) and represents NANNP on the National Task Force for Quality Nurse Practitioner Education and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Task Force for Population-focused Competencies. Dr. Sansoucie’s current interests include use of simulation strategies for maintenance of competency for nurse practitioners.

Madge Buus-Frank

Madge Buus-Frank is a neonatal nurse practitioner who has been caring for infants and families for over 30 years. She is an honors gradate from Boston College and is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of Connecticut.

Ms. Buus-Frank is clinically active in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) at The Children's Hospital at Dartmouth. Madge is an Instructor in Pediatrics at Dartmouth Medical School. Additionally Madge is the principal consultant and co-founder of Dynamic Neonatal Solutions, a consulting firm that provides education and innovative programmatic and clinical solutions to newborn intensive care units, health systems and hospitals across the US and Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, India, and Ireland.

In addition to her clinical, academic and consulting activities Madge was the Founding Editor-in-Chief for Advances in Neonatal Nursing: The Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses, a peer reviewed publication dedicated to advancing the art and science of neonatal care, serving for 5 years in this role. Ms. Buus-Frank will be inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in Fall 2010 in honor of her extensive ongoing contributions to neonatal nursing.

Barbara McFadden

Barbara McFadden is a neonatal nurse practitioner with 32 years experience in various roles in the neonatal field. She currently is a clinical educator at the Woman's Hospital of Texas in Houston, where for the past 15 years she has worked with clinical staff, as a guest lecturer, and staff and NNP educator.

Barbara's clinical practice includes patient management in a busy private hospital NICU with an average annual birth rate of more than nine thousand babies, with a high risk population and a large infertility practice. Barbara also covers a community hospital NICU and is a member of the transport team. Barbara is a PHD candidate at dissertation phase, with a research interest in oral colonization and oral care in the NICU, looking at the long term impact on ventilator-associated pneumonia.

Marjorie A. Zielke

Marge Zielke is an assistant professor of Arts and Technology and Associate Director of the Institute for Interactive Arts and Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas). Dr. Zielke is the UT Dallas principal investigator on several serious game projects oriented toward professional training in both the military culture and medical sectors to include the First Person Cultural Trainer (FPCT), sponsored by Army Intelligence, TRADOC G2; An Interactive Respiratory Training Game for Undergraduate Nursing Students, sponsored by the Transforming Undergraduate Education (TUE) program at UT Systems through the UT Arlington College of Nursing (UTACON); and the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration through UTACON. Dr. Zielke is also the site principal investigator on CommQuest, an interactive educational game to enhance Physician/Nurse communication sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) through collaboration with UT Arlington College of Nursing and Baylor Health Care System.

Several of Dr. Zielke’s project have won national and international awards. FPCT won first place in the "Innovations in Department of Defense Gaming" competition at the GameTech 2011 Conference in Orlando, Florida. FPCT is also a finalist in the Serious Games Competition at the Interservice/Interindustry Training and Simulation Conference (IITSEC) for 2011. FPCT also won the cross function award from the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA) in January 2010 and was also a finalist for the Governor's Cup at IITSEC in Orlando, Florida in 2009. Also, Dr. Zielke along with Dr. Judy LeFlore from the University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing won first place in January 2011 at the 11th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) in the category of Emerging and Innovative Technologies & Methods Dr. Zielke was an invited keynote speaker at the Department of Defense iFest conference in August 2011 and is invited to speak at The International Exhibition and Conference for the Military Training and Simulation Community (ITEC) in London in 2012. She has several years of work experience in elearning and ebusiness. She teaches classes --through face-to-face online and blended formats -- in cyberpsychology, virtual humans and synthetic societies, interactive project management, and transformational technology development. Dr. Zielke received a PhD in Humanities - Aesthetic Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas, an MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington, a Master’s Degree in International Business from the University of Dallas and her undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois – Champaign-Urbana.

Judy LeFlore, PhD, RN, NNP-BC, CPNP-AC&PC Debra A. Sansoucie, Ed.D., RN, NNP-BC Madge Buss-Frank, RNC, MS, APRN-BC Barbara McFadden, PhD candidate Marjorie A. Zielke, PH.D.