Dr. Marci Dial

Professor of Nursing
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Nationally Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner
Board Certified Pain Management Nurse
Nationally Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator
Legal Nurse Consultant


Dr. Marci Dial is a graduate of the Nursing Program at Valencia College, in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Dial holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Central Florida. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing, and she completed her studies as an Adult Nurse Practitioner at the University of Central Florida. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

Her doctoral work focused on examining Experiential Learning Theory and the Use of Simulation as an Educational Modality to Examine the Role of Situational Awareness and Medication Errors in the Role of Patient Safety. She is also working on a second doctoral degree, a PhD in Nursing Research at the University of Central Florida. She is one of the Florida Simulation Health Care Alliance’s contributing authors responsible for writing and implementing the faculty development course addressing Facilitation and Debriefing, Experiential Learning, and Adult Learning Theory.

Dr. Dial is one of twelve Nursing Simulation Leaders who was part of he National League for Nursing’s Simulation Leadership Academy, 2017 Cohort. She has presented with her NLN Simulation Team at Duke University School of Nursing’s Pursuing Radical Transformation in Health Professions Education: The Science of Learning. She and her colleagues from the NLN Simulation team are currently researching the use of mindfulness in simulation pre-briefing and its impact on clinical decision making.

In 2017, she and four of her colleagues from Valencia's Nursing Program were recognized as Distinguished Scholars in the Valencia Foundation's Endowed Chairs for Learning Leadership Program and were awarded the Harry J. and E. Mary Hobbs Teaching Chair in Nursing to implement a Health Assessment virtual simulation platform across both the Traditional and Accelerated Nursing Tracks.

Dr. Dial has over 20 years of experience in nursing and has worked in academia for over 14 years. She is a Nationally Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE), Nationally Certified Adult Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (NP-C), and a Board-Certified Pain Management Nurse (RN-BC). Dr. Dial also works as a Nurse Practitioner in a community health clinic providing primary care to uninsured and underinsured patients. She is a volunteer faculty member for the UCF College of Medicine. She serves on multiple committees for numerous professional nursing organizations. She serves on the Valencia College Alumni Advisory Board and is Health Policy Board Service Certified through the Florida Center for Nursing’s Action Coalition. Dr. Dial is a faculty mentor for the LifeMap certification program at Valencia. She and two of her fellow faculty members serve as the faculty advisors for the Valencia College Nursing Student Association (VNSA).

She has had the privilege of being part of the Editorial Advisory Board that worked with the Laerdal design team to develop the vSim Assessment virtual simulation platform. Dr. Dial’s work with the vSim Assessment Team was recognized by the American Journal of Nursing by being selected as the 2016 winner in the Digital Product Book of the Year Awards.

She has contributed to the review of numerous nursing textbooks, simulation resources, and design of multiple electronic learning resources. Dr. Dial is working on a collaborative team as a contributing practitioner for the newest edition of clinical drug reference cards for nursing students.

She has recently completed the vSim Conceptual Mapping for the State of Virginia’s proposed concept-based curriculum along with the concept mapping for the vSim Gerontology platform.

Dr. Dial is very proud to be part of the Peace and Justice Institute at Valencia College, advocating for raising awareness about the cultivation of Civility in both academia and within the profession of nursing. She has worked on the American Nurses Association (ANA) Advisory Committee for Workplace Violence and Incivility Professional Issues Panel and the Florida Nurses Association (FNA) Workforce Violence Task Force, and the Horizontal Violence Task Force. She has presented on the topic of Civility and its impact in classroom environments and in practice as it relates to patient safety.


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