Sherry Farra

Professor Emeritus
University Hall 144, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Education History


BSN Wayne State University

MS  Wright State University

PhD Nursing University of Cincinnati


Dr. Farra has been with Wright State University, College of Nursing and Health since 2013.  She has over 20 years of teaching experience in nursing education.  Her areas of experience include medical-surgical nursing, leadership, community and disaster nursing.  Currently, Dr. Farra teaches evidence-based practice and leadership courses and is the Director for the National Disaster Health Consortium. She is a Certified Nurse Educator through the National League for Nursing and is certfiied in simualtion by the Soceity for Simulation in Healthcare.


Research Statement

Dr Farra’s research interests are in disaster training and simulation strategies.  Currently, she is federally funded to study virtual reality simulation as a method to train workers to evacuate the neonatal intensive care unit.  In addition, she has grant funding from the Association of Community Health Nurse Educators to study learning outcomes following participation in disaster training through the National Disaster Health Consortium.


Farra, S. L., & Miller, E.  (2013). Integrative review: Virtual disaster training. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 3(3) doi: 10.5430/jnep.v3n3p93. (R)

Gillespie, G. L., Farra, S. L., Gates, D. M., Howard, P. K., & Atkinson, K. (2013). The qualitative learning experience of healthcare workers completing a hybrid workplace violence educational program. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 3(11) 54-64. (R)

Farra, S. L., Miller, E., Timm, N., & Schaefer, J. C. (2013). Improved training for disasters using 3-D virtual reality simulation. Western Journal of Nursing Research 35(5), 655-71. doi: 10.1177/0193945912471735 (R) 

Ulrich, D, Farra, S., Smith, S., & Hodgson, E. (2014). the student experience using virtual reality simulation to teach decontamination. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 10 (11), 546-553. DOI: (R)

Farra, S., Nicely, S, & Hodgson, E (2014).  Creation of a virtual triage Exercise: An interprofessional communication strategy. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 32(10), 492-496.  doi: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000090 (R)


Gillespie, G.L., Farra, S.L., & Gates, D.M. (2014). A workplace violence educational program: A repeated measures study. Nurse Education in Practice, 14 (5), 468-472. (R)


Farra, S. L., & Miller, E.L. (2015). Virtual reality and disaster training:  Translation to practice. Nurse Education In Practice, 15(1), 53-57. doi:10.1016/j.nepr.2013.08.017 (R)


Smith, S., Farra, S., Dempsey, A., & Arms, D. (2015).  Preparing nursing students for leadership using a disaster-related simulation. Nurse Educator, 40(4), 212-216. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000143 (R)


Farra, S., Smith, S., Gillespie, G., Nicely, S., Ulrich, D., Hodgson, E., & French, D. (2015). Decontamination training: With and without virtual reality. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 37(2,) 125-133. doi: 10.1097/TME.0000000000000059 (R)  


Nicely, S., & Farra, S.  (2015). Fostering learning through interprofessional virtual reality simulation development [Innovation Center]. Nursing Education Perspectives, 36(5) doi:  (R)


Farra, S., Smith, S., French, D., & Gillespie, G. (2016). Development of an assessment instrument to evaluate performance of the skill of decontamination. 

Nurse Education Today, 35(10), 1016-1022. (R)


Smith, S., Farra, S., Ten Eyck, R., & Bashaw, M. (2015). Development of an instrument to measure nursing student teamwork skills. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 11(12), 507-512. R


Farra, S., Miller, E. T., Hodgson, E., Cosgrove, E., Brady, W.,Gneuhs, M., & Baute, B. (2016). Featured article: Storyboard development for virtual reality simulation. Clinical Simulation In Nursing, 12 (9), 392-399. doi:10.1016/j.ecns.2016.04.002 (R) 


Farra, S. L., Smith, S., & Bashaw, M. A. (2016). Learning outcome measurement in nurse participants after disaster training. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 10(5):728-733 (R)


Smith, S.J., Farra, S., Ulrich, D.L., Hodgson, E., Nicely, S., Matcham, W. (2016) Learning and retention using virtual reality in a decontamination simulation. Nursing Education Perspectives.37(4),210-214. PubMed PMID: 27740579. (R)


Smith, S. J., & Farra, S. L. (2016). National Disaster Health Consortium. Competency-based training and a report on the American Nurses Credentialing Center disaster certification development. Nursing Clinics Of North America, 51 (Implications of Disaster Preparedness for Nursing), 555-568. doi:10.1016/j.cnur.2016.07.008(R)


Hoying, C., Farra, S, Mainous, R., Baute, R., & Gnuehs, M. (2017).  Collaboration between academia and practice Journal of Nursing Administration 47(2), 00-00. (R)


Farra, S.L., Smith S. J., &  Ulrich, D.L. (2017).  The student experience using varying immersion levels of virtual reality simulation.  Nursing Education Perspectives.  10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000258 (R)


Farra, S., Miller, E.T., Gnuehs, M., Timm, N.,Gengxin, L., Simon, A., & Brady, W. (2017).  Evacuation performance evaluation tool.  American Journal of Disaster Medicine 11(2), 131-136. (R)


Timm, N., Farra,S., Miller, E., Gneuhs, M., Brady, W., Cosgrove, E., Simon, A. (2017). Effectiveness of positive pressure ventilation during newborn care unit evacuation. Journal of neonatal nursing ,23(5):234-237(R)


Farra, S.L., Miller, E.T., Gneuhs, M., Brady, W., Cosgrove, E., Simon, A., Timm, N., Hausfeld, J. (2017). Disaster management: Communication up, across, and down. Nursing Management 48(7):51-54. doi: 10.1097/01.NUMA.0000520720.78549.e4. PubMed PMID: 28644172(R)

Miller, E.T., Farra, S., & Simon, A. (2018). Asynchronous Online Debriefing with Health Care Workers: Lessons Learned. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 20,38-45. (R)

Smith S., Farra, S., Ulrich, D., Hodgson, E., Nicely, S., Mickle, A. Effectiveness of two-varying levels of virtual reality simulation . Nursing Education Perspectives 39(6), E10–E15 (R)

Ten Eyck, R. P., & Farra, S. (2018). Radiology's Role and Common Injuries in Mass Casualty Blast Incidents. Journal of Radiology Nursing, 37(3), 158-162. doi:10.1016/J.JRADNU.2018.05.001

Farra, S., Keister, K., Stalter, A.  A concept analysis of synergy for nursing education. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice 32(4): 370-381 (R)

Farra, S.L.,  Miller, E.T, Brady, W. Hodgson, E., Timm N. Gneuhs, M., Ying, J., Hausfeld, J.,Cosgrove, E., Simon, A., Bottomley, M. Effects of virtual reality simulation on worker emergency evacuation of neonates Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness October 2018:1-8. doi:10.1017/dmp.2018.5 (R)

Smith, S., Farra, S., Franco, S., Ulrich, D., Keister, K., Chatterjee, A.(2018). the veteran student experience: Lessons for higher. Journal of Military Learning. (R) 

Farra, S., Hodgson, E., Timm, N., Gneuhs, M., Hausfeld, J., Simon, A., Kawaso, B. (2019). Comparative cost of virtual reality training and live exercises for training hospital workers for evacuation. Computers Informatics Nursing, 37 (9), 44-454 (R)

Farra, S. & Smith, S. (2019). Anxiety and stress in live disaster exercises Journal of Emergency Nursing  45(4), 366-373 (R)

Kardong-Edgren, S., Farra, S. Young, M., Alinier, G. (2019). A call to unify definitions of virtual reality.  Clinical Simulation in Nursing 42, 28-34 (R)

Kuchler, E., Garner, L., Whitten, L., DeBlieck, C., Farra, S., Davis, R., Eardley, D., & Stalter, A. (2020). A strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats analysis- A study of Association of Community/Public Health Nursing Educators members. Public Health Nursing 38 (3), 449-458 (R)

Farra, S. L. & Smith, S. J. (2020). Implementation of crisis standards of care.  Nurse Leader 2020(Aug) 386-390  (R).

Smith, S., Farra, S., & Hodgson, E. (2020). Evaluation of two simulation methods for teaching a disaster skill. BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning. BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning 7(2) doi:10.1136/bmjstel-2019-000572 (R)

Menon, S., Wischgoll, T., Farra, S., & Holland, C. (2020). Medical Education and Assisted Surgery by AR, The Campus Alliance for Advanced Visualization (THECAAV20) (published abstract).  (R)

Keister, K., Farra, S., Smith, S., & Bottomley, M. (2021). Development of a scale to measure synergy. Nursing Education Perspectives 42 (2), 87-92 (R)

Farra, S., Smith, S., Qureshi, K., & Stalter, A. (2021). Nursing education leaders decision-making during a pandemic crisis. Nursing Education Perspectives September 20, 2021, Volume Publish Ahead of Print (R)

Menon, S., Wischgoll, T., Farra, S., & Holland, C. (2021). Using augmented reality to enhance nursing education, Visualization and Data Analysis, 9 pg.(published conference paper) [PDF]

Gillespie, G. L., Farra, S., Regan, S. L., & Brammer, S. V. (2021). Impact of immersive virtual reality simulations for changing

knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. Nurse Education Today, 105, . doi:10.1016/J.NEDT.2021.105025

Menon,S.  Holland,C.  Farra, S. Stuber,S.  Wischgoll, T. (2022).  Implementing Augmented Reality to Enhance Pre-licensure BSN Student's Assessment Skills, International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning [PDF]

Smith, S., & Farra, S. (2022). The impact of Covid-19 on the regulation of nursing practice and education. Teaching and  Learning in Nursing 


Professional Affiliations/Memberships

Wright State University Alumni Association

Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honorary, Zeta Phi Chapter

National League for Nursing

American Red Cross

Academy of Community Health Nurse Educators 


Funding Period




 “Decontamination Training:  With and Without Virtual Reality Simulation”.  Funded by Wright State University College of Nursing and Health: Seed Grant

Primary Investigator


“Decontamination Training:  With and Without Virtual Reality Simulation”.  Funded by Zeta Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau

Primary Investigator


“Learning Outcome Measurement in Nurse Participants after National Disaster Health Certification Training”. Funded by Association of Community Health Educators

Primary Investigator

09/30/2015- 09/29/2017

AHRQ  1 R18 HS023149-01 “Effects of Virtual Reality Simulation on Worker Emergency Evacuation of Neonates”. Funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Primary Invesitagator


Observation of Simulation with Debriefing on Senior Nursing Students’ Demonstration of Medical Teamwork in a High-Fidelity Simulation.” Funded by Zeta Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau



“Virtual Reality Strategies in Nursing

Education: Effectiveness in Teaching

Nursing Students Decontamination Procedures”. Funded by National League for Nursing Research Grant: Ruth Donnelly Corcoran Award

Co-Primary Investigator


“Veteran’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program”.  Funded by HRSA  

Smith, Project Director

Key Personnel


“Participant Stress Experience in Live Disaster Exercises” Funded by Association of Community Health Educators (ACHNE

Primary Invesitgator


"Development of a Scale to Measure Synergy” Funded by 2017 Sigma Theta Tau International/ATI Educational Assessment Nursing Research Grant

Co-Primary Investigator


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