Alexis Zehler, RN, MSN, C-EFM

Alexis Zehler

Associate Professor

131 University Hall, Hamilton Campus
2104 Clinical Health Science Building, Oxford Campus


  • MSN, with a focus on Nursing Education, Sacred Heart University
  • BSN, Miami University


  • C-IAP: Inpatient Antepartum
  • C-EFM: Electronic Fetal Monitoring

Professional Experience

Alexis has a focused background in maternal-newborn health, working in high-risk antepartum nursing since 2012.


Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family, course and clinical


Alexis' service stems from her clinical and simulation expertise and dedication to student success. As simulation champion within the Department of Nursing, Alexis has collaborated with Kettering Health Hamilton’s Birthing Unit to provide education and competency assessments through simulation to bedside nurses, promoting health, well-being, and safety of mothers and infants. She is a co-founder of the annual Miami Nursing Induction Ceremony, which has raised over $70,000 in donations to support the success of over 750 inducted nursing students since 2018. She served as faculty advisor to the Nursing Student Advisory Council from 2018-2022 and has served as president of the Omicron Chi chapter of Sigma Nursing Honors Society since 2020.


Alexis's research interests focus on simulation, gaming, and other active teaching strategies within nursing education and the impact on clinical judgment attainment in both undergraduate students and practicing nurses. In addition, she examines different methods of impacting health outcomes in maternal-neonatal populations through education and practice.


Zehler, A. (2023). Can Simulation Predict NCLEX-RN® Success? Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 76, 57-60. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecns.2022.11.001

Zehler, A. & Severi, E. (2022). Enhancing Clinical Judgment in Managing Postpartum Hemorrhage: A Replication Study. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 53(11), 500-504.

Flinders, B., & Zehler, A. (2022). Quality Improvement in Teen Pregnancy Prevention: Follow-Up to “Focus on Fidelity”. Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 15(2), DOI: 10.1891/JDNP-2021-0028.

Zehler, A., Cole, B., & Arter, S. (2021). Hyflex Simulation: A Case Study of a Creative Approach to Unprecedented Circumstances. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 60, 64-68.

Zehler, A., & Musallam, E. (2021). Game-Based learning and nursing students’ clinical judgment in post-partum hemorrhage: A pilot study. Journal of Nursing Education, 60(3), 159-164.

Cole, B., Zehler, A., & S. Arter. (2020). Role-Reversal Mentoring: Case study of an active approach to faculty growth. Journal of Nursing Education, 59(11), 627-630.

Zehler, A., & Cole, B. (2020). Flipping the switch: Using the flipped classroom to increase student critical thinking and engagement. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 31(4), 149-176.

Presentations & Posters

Zehler, A. (2019) The Hybrid Clinical Course: Enhancing clinical experiences through integration of a simulation series. International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, Phoenix, AZ. 

Zehler, A., Cole, B. (2019) Flipping the Switch: Active Learning in Specialty Courses. Lilly Conference on College Teaching, Oxford, OH. 

Zehler, A. (2019) Which Teaching Strategies Promote Translation of Learning to Practice? Alumni Teaching Scholars Symposium, Oxford, OH.

Burlile, B., Burke, S., & Zehler, A. (2018) A Case Study of New Faculty Role-Reversal Mentoring. Association for University Regional Campuses of Ohio 24th Annual Conference, Mansfield, OH. 

Zehler, A. (2018) How to Integrate and Evaluate Simulation Performance in Clinical Experiences. International Nurses Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, Toronto, Canada.