Simulation Learning Team

Barbara Fagan, BScN, MEd, RN, CCNE, CCCI, CCSNE, CHSE, CNCC(C)

Barb is passionate about many things: lifelong learning, interprofessional practice and learning, simulation learning and collaborative person-centred care. In 2018, she completed her Masters of Education in Curricular Studies for Health Interprofessionals at Acadia University. The focus of her master’s work was on deliberate practice for skills mastery learning. Barb has been faculty with the Learning Institute for over 10 years, and is a nurse educator for simulation learning at the Learning Institute.

A former faculty with the Critical Care Nursing Program, Barb also has experience in curricular design and recently worked collaboratively on the design of the Critical Care Paramedic Program and the Interprofessional Simulation Facilitation Course. Barb is a Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC) BLS and ACLS instructor. She maintains a number of the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN)’s Nurse Educator Institute certifications as well as being a certified healthcare simulation educator (CHSE) from the Society of Simulation in Healthcare (SSiH) and continues to hold certification in adult critical care nursing through the Canadian Nurses Association. Barb is adjunct faculty with Dalhousie University’s School of Nursing. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses (CACCN), and has held many roles over the years in the organization: both as eastern representative and chair of the professional development committee on the Board of Directors; as a member of the planning committee for Dynamics, CACCN’s national conference; on professional development subcommittees such as standards revisions, conference and evaluation, webinars, position statements, and awards review; and currently serves on the conference education and evaluation committee.

In 2019, Barb was awarded the Excellence in Nursing Education Award from the College of Registered Nurses in Nova Scotia (CRNNS). She also serves as a member of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Adult Critical Care Nursing Certification Committee. With that being said, Barb fully understands the work, school and life balance that occurs in adult learners. Barb loves to travel, scrapbook memories, and spend time with her family.

902-233-9844 | Barbara.Fagan@nshealth.ca


Lacey Tiscornia, RN, MSN, ENC(C), SANE-A, SANE-P

After completing a Bachelor of Science (Biology) from Acadia University, Lacey graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2008. She has spent the majority of her career working in the areas of emergency nursing, emergency nursing specialty education, and simulation education in British Columbia before joining the Learning Institute in 2021.

Lacey is CNA certified in Emergency Nursing and has completed a Master of Science in Nursing (Education focus) from the University of British Columbia in 2017. The focus of her master’s work was on support and mentorship required for new clinical instructors.

Lacey is a certified BLS instructor trainer, ACLS instructor trainer, and PALS instructor with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Lacey is also certified as a sexual assault nurse examiner in both adult/adolescent and pediatrics from the International Association of Forensic Nurses.

In her spare time, Lacey enjoys travelling, exploring the outdoors with her dog, gardening, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

902-456-3296 | Lacey.Tiscornia@nshealth.ca


Alicia Gilchrist, BScN, RN, CCN(C)

Alicia completed a BScN from Dalhousie in 2010. Following graduation, she completed the critical care nursing program at the Learning Institute and worked in the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) at the Halifax Infirmary for 12 years. Alicia is certified in Cardiovascular Nursing. Her most recent role as critical care clinical lead for CCU and Cardiology IMCU ignited her passion for nursing education.

Alicia is excited to join the Simulation Learning Program at the Nova Scotia Health Learning Institute for Health Care Providers. She is continuing her education in simulation certification. You may see her working in the labs and classrooms supporting your onsite learning.

Alicia is married with two young children, a dog, and a cat. She loves spending time making memories with her family, gardening, travelling, camping, and beachcombing for sea glass.

902-456-5755 | Alicia.Gilchrist@nshealth.ca


Tanya Frail, BSc, RRT, CRE

Tanya is proud to be the first Respiratory Therapist to join the Learning Institute, and has been in the new role of Interprofessional Educator since November 2020. Tanya graduated from Dalhousie University in 1992 and continued her studies, becoming a Registered Respiratory Therapist in 1994. Tanya has worked in various roles locally and internationally over the course of her career.

While patient care is her first love, she has developed a passion for education and pursued a Respiratory Educator certification after completing two RESPTREC courses in Asthma and COPD. She transitioned to skills and simulation learning in 2015, and is energized to bring her simulation knowledge and experience through an RRT lens forth in her role at the Learning Institute.

In her spare time you can find Tanya lakeside with her friends and family, including her two Goldendoodles, in her garden, or on the softball field.

902-225-4573 | Tanya.Frail@nshealth.ca


Dylan Gallagher

Dylan has been with the Learning Institute since December 2019. He takes care of the lab spaces, supplies/equipment, simulators, and their technology.

902-717-0349 | Dylan.Gallagher@nshealth.ca

The Nova Scotia Health Learning Institute for Health Care Providers offers education programming designed to meet the needs of learners across the province and strengthen our health care system. We are committed to delivering high-quality, evidence-informed programming that enables providers to develop and maintain foundational and specialty competencies.