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Susan Kennerly, PhD, RN, CNE, WCC, FAAN

Professor
Nursing Science
Office: 4165M Health Sciences Building
Phone: (252) 744-6425

Dr. Susan Kennerly is Professor in the Department of Nursing Science at the School of Nursing. Dr. Kennerly’s scholarship is distinguished for its focus on enhancing nursing care delivery and the nursing practice environment. Through nursing research, she successfully augmented science supporting pressure ulcer prevention for frail elderly residing in nursing homes by being one of few researchers testing systematic interventions. Dr. Kennerly led entrepreneurial practice activities that enhanced nursing care delivery and outcomes and informed the science behind nursing practice environments by creating the Nursing Culture Assessment Tool, the first of its kind, now used nationally and internationally to evaluate and shape nursing culture. As a member of the “Older adults” working group, she helped set standards for the International Clinical Practice Guideline for Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Treatment. Additionally, she applied her knowledge of educational and healthcare systems to nursing science by mentoring colleagues and building high functioning partnerships that have facilitated strong scientific research using nurse-led interventions, such as Turn Everyone And Move (TEAM). Currently, she is co-investigator and site PI for the R01 funded Turn Everyone And Move for Ulcer Prevention (TEAM-UP) study which aims to determine if repositioning frequency can be extended for residents at low, moderate, and high-risk for pressure ulcer (PrU) development and on visco-elastic high-density foam support-surfaces without compromising PrU incidence Dr. Kennerly is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care and the Southern Nursing Research Society and serves as a team leader and evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Bio

Research Interests

Nursing culture

Repositioning of older adults for pressure ulcer prevention in nursing homes

Blog/Twitter/Facebook links

Referred Articles/Papers

(* indicates data-based publications) 

Yap TL, Kennerly, S. M., Bergstrom, N., Hudak, S. L., & Horn, S. D. (2016). An evidence-based cue-selection guide and logic model to improve pressure ulcer prevention in long-term care. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 31(1), 75-83. PMID: 26066791

*Corazzini, K., Vogelsmeier, A., McConnell, E.S., Day, L., Kennerly, S., Mueller, C., Flanagan, J., Hawkins, K.., Anderson, R.A. (2015, October). Perceptions of nursing practice: Capacity for high quality nursing home care. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 2015, 6(3), 17-24.

*Kennerly, S., Boss, L., Yap, T.L., Batchelor-Murphy, M., Horn, S. D., Barrett, R., Bergstrom, N. (2015, September). Utility of Braden Scale nutrition subscale ratings as an indicator of dietary intake and weight outcomes among nursing home residents at risk for pressure ulcers. Healthcare3(3), 637-647. doi:10.3390/healthcare3030637. Open access: http://www.mdpi.com/2227-9032/3/3/637

*Yap, T. L, Rapp, M. P., Kennerly, S., Cron, S. G., & Bergstrom, N. (2015, Sep.-Oct.). Comparison study of Braden Scale and time-to-erythema measures in long-term care. Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing42(5), 461-467. PMID: 26336042

*Kennerly, S., Heggestad, E., Myers, H., Yap, T.L. (2015). Using the Nursing Culture Assessment Tool (NCAT) in Long-term Care: An Update on Psychometrics and Scoring Standardization. Healthcare3, 637-647. http//doi:10.3390/healthcare3030637. Open access: http://www.mdpi.com/2227-9032/3/3/637

*Corazzini, K., McConnell, E.S., Day, L., Anderson, R.A., Mueller, C., Vogelsmeier, A., Kennerly, S., Walker, B., Flanagan, J., Haske-Palomino, M. (2015). Improving nursing home care by changing enacted scope of practice:  The Practical nurse, Registered nurse and Aide Collaborative Team In Care (PRACTICE) Educational Innovation. Journal of Nursing Regulation6(1), 1-8.

*Yap, T. L., Kennerly, S., & Flint, E. P. (2014). Nursing Culture Assessment Tool (NCAT): Empirical validation for use in long-term care. International Journal of Nursing Sciences, 1(3), 241-249. Open access at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352013214000817

*Yap, T. L., Kennerly, S., Corazzini, K., Porter, K., Toles, M., & Anderson, R. A. (2014). Evaluation of cueing innovation for pressure ulcer prevention using staff focus groups. Healthcare,2(3); 299-314 (Wound Care Special Issue). Invited peer-reviewed article requested by guest editor Z. Moore. DOI: 10.3390/healthcare2030299 http://www.mdpi.com/journal/healthcare/special_issues/wound-care

*Yap, T. L., Kennerly, S. M., Simmons, M. R., Buncher, C. R., Miller, E., Kim, J., & Yap, W. Y. (2013). Multidimensional team-based intervention using musical cues to reduce odds of facility-acquired pressure ulcers in long-term care: A paired randomized intervention study. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society,66(9), 1552-1559. PMID: 24028358

*Hemmings, A., Beckett, G., Kennerly, S., & Yap, T. (2013). Building a community of research practice: Intragroup team social dynamics in interdisciplinary mixed methods. Journal of Mixed MethodsResearch,7(3), 261-273. doi: 10.1177/1558689813478468

*Burgel, B. & Kennerly, S. (2012). The state of AAOHN: Membership snapshot. Workplace Health & Safety60(11), 465-469.

*Kennerly, S. M., Yap, T. L., Hemmings, A., Beckett, G., Schafer, J. C., & Borchers, A. (2012). Development and psychometric testing of the Nursing Culture Assessment Tool (NCAT). Clinical Nursing Research,21(4): 467-85. PMID: 22523245

Kennerly, S. M., Yap, T. L., & Miller, E. (2012). A nurse-led interdisciplinary leadership approach targeting pressure ulcer prevention in long-term care. Health Care Manager, 31(3), 268-275. PMID:22842762

*Gormley, D. & Kennerly, S. (May, 2011). Predictors of Turnover Intention in Nurse Faculty. Journal of Nursing Education50(4) 190-196.

Yap, T. L., & Kennerly, S. M. (2011). A nurse-led approach to preventing pressure ulcers. [Includes Continuing Education component with online test]. Rehabilitation Nursing, 36(3), 106-110. PMID:21675395

*Gormley, D. & Kennerly, S. (March/April 2010). Influence of Work Role and Perceptions of Climate on Faculty Organizational Commitment. J of Professional Nursing26(2), 108-115.

Kennerly, S. (2007). “The Impending Reimbursement Revolution – How to Prepare for Future APN Reimbursement”. Nursing Economic$25(2), 81-84.

Kennerly, S. (2006). “Positioning Advanced Practice Nurses for Financial Success in Clinical Practice”. Nurse Educator31(5), 218-222.

*McGuire, E., & Kennerly, S. (2006). “Nurse Managers as Transformational and Transactional Leaders.  Nursing Economic$24(4), 179-185.

Kennerly, S. (March/April 2001). Fostering interaction through multimedia. Nurse Educator26(2), 90-94.

*Kennerly, S. (2000). Perceived worker autonomy:  The foundation for shared governance. Journal of Nursing Administration30(12), 1-7.

*Kennerly, S. (1996). Effects of shared governance on perceptions of work and work environment. Nursing Economics$14(2), 111-116.

Henkle, J., & Kennerly, S. (1990). Cultural diversity: A resource in planning and implementing nursing care. Public Health Nursing7(3), 145-149.

Kennerly, S. (1990). The impact of nurse extenders on the curriculum. Nurse Educator15(3), 36-39.

Kennerly, S. (1989). Implications for the use of unlicensed personnel:  A nursing perspective. Focus on Critical Care16(5), 364-368.

*Kennerly, S. (1989). Leadership and organizational characteristics:  Implications for faculty satisfaction. Journal of Nursing Education28(5), 198-202.

Book Chapters

Books and Monographs

Non-Refereed Articles/Papers

Kennerly, S. M., & Yap, T. L. Leaf Healthcare. (2016). Role of Manual Patient Turning in Preventing Hospital Associated Conditions. Leaf Healthcare, Pleasanton, CA.

Grants

Preventing Pressure Ulcers with Repositioning Frequency and Precipitating Factors.

National Institute of Nursing Research/National Institute of Aging

R01 NR016001-01

04/01/2016 – 03/31/2021

Role: Co-Investigator and Site PI

This research aims to determine if repositioning frequency can be extended for residents at low, moderate, and high-risk for pressure ulcer (PrU) development and on visco-elastic high-density foam support-surfaces without compromising PrU incidence and to determine the components of medical severity that are precipitating factors in new PrU development.

Adaptive and Technical Challenges Associated with Use of Nursing Home Resident Monitoring Technology in Pressure Ulcer Prevention: A Pilot Study.

Duke University School of Nursing ADAPT Center Small Grant Program (funded by NINR/NIH)

1P30 NR014139-01

07/2015 to 06/2016

Role: Co-PI of pilot grant

This research addresses the unacceptably high rates of pressure ulcers acquired in U.S nursing homes. This study will advance our knowledge about effects of resident repositioning using technology that will facilitate staff with care delivery technical challenges. This study will also provide new knowledge about the residents’ response to repositioning, thereby leading to a deeper understanding of methods that are required to prevent pressure ulcers.

The Turn for Ulcer ReductioN (TURN) study revisited: nutritional impact on pressure ulcer development.

Theodore J. and Mary E. Trumble Endowment, UT Health Houston

01/2015 to 12/2015

Role: Co-investigator

A secondary analysis of TURN trial data to investigate nutritional influences among long-stay nursing home residents at moderate or high-risk for pressure ulcer development.

Feasibility and Accuracy of Triaxial Accelerometers as a Measure of Turning, Repositioning, and Shifting Movements.

University of North Carolina-Charlotte Faculty Research Grant

01/02/2014 – 01/02/2015
Role: PI

Establish the feasibility of using accelerometers to validate movement that would be typical of LTC residents so that future research can then examine movement of patients at risk for developing pressure ulcers.

Psychometric Evaluation and Scoring Standardization of the Nursing Culture Assessment Tool (NCAT) and Evaluation of Workplace Relationships Affecting Culture.

University of North Carolina-Charlotte Research Enhancement Funding

01/02/2014 – 03/01/2015
Role: PI

Extension of earlier work on NCAT that confirmed construct validity and dimensionality of the tools factors by now standardizing the scoring approach and establishing norm-referenced scoring.

Development of a Model for CNA Sub-Culture within Long-term Care.

University of Cincinnati College of Nursing Dean’s Research Award
01/2010 – 01/2012
Role: Co-PI

Field test a qualitative interview instrument and observation guide focused on organizational culture.

Interdisciplinary Mobility-Team Approach to Reduction of Facility-Acquired Pressure Ulcers

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI)
Grant No. 66636
09/01/2009 – 08/31/2011
Role: Co-Investigator

Nurse-led intervention that reduced prevalence of facility-acquired pressure ulcers in long-term care facilities by increasing resident mobility through a prompting system specifically tailored to each facility using musical cues.

Refereed Presentations

International Presentations (2010-Present)

Kennerly, S., & Yap, T. (2013, July 22-26). Validation of the psychometric properties of the Nursing Culture Assessment Tool for use in long-term care. Presentation, 24th International Research Congress, Sigma Theta Tau International, Prague, Czech Republic.

Yap, T., & Kennerly, S. (2013, July 22-26). Music and mobility: the key to a multi-disciplinary approach to pressure ulcer prevention in long-term care. Presentation, 24th International Research Congress, Sigma Theta Tau International, Prague, Czech Republic.

Kennerly, S., Yap, T. L., Hemmings, A., Beckett, G., Schafer, J., & Borchers, A. (2011, Apr. 6-8). Nursing Culture Assessment Tool: Psychometrics and implications for practice. Poster, First International Symposium on Nursing Intervention Research, Montreal, Canada.

Yap, T. L., Kennerly, S., & Miller, E. (2011, Apr. 6-8). Effectiveness of a nurse-led mobility intervention for pressure ulcer prevention. Presentation, 1st International Symposium on Nursing Intervention Research, Montreal, Canada.

Kennerly S. & Yap, T. (2010, Oct. 18-20). Exploring professional autonomy as a key to effective evidence-based professional practice. Presentation, Registered Nurses Association Ontario Conference: Knowledge, the Power of Nursing: Celebrating Best Practice Guidelines and Clinical Leadership, Toronto, Canada.

Kennerly, S., Workman, L., & Tapke, J. (2010, Oct. 18-20). Applying education and coaching interventions to facilitate nurse director and manager transformational leader behavior development. Presentation, Registered Nurses Association Ontario Conference: Knowledge, the Power of Nursing: Celebrating Best Practice Guidelines and Clinical Leadership, Toronto, Canada.

Yap, T., Kennerly, S., Miller, E., Hemmings, A., & Beckett, G. (2010, Oct. 18-20). Rethinking the role of culture and sub-cultures as moderators of work performance and quality. Presentation, Registered Nurses Association Ontario Conference: Knowledge, the Power of Nursing: Celebrating Best Practice Guidelines and Clinical Leadership. Toronto, Canada.

Yap, T., Kennerly, S., & Miller, E. (2010, Sept. 1-3). Making mobility the priority in a pressure ulcer prevention program. Presentation, European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel Conference, Birmingham, England.

Kennerly, S., Yap, T., Miller, E., Hemmings, A, & Beckett, G. (2010, Sept. 1-3). Best practices for creating and managing a pressure ulcer prevention environment. Brief Oral and First Prize poster presentation, European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel Conference, Birmingham, England.

National Presentations (2010-Present)

Kennerly, S., & Yap, T. (2016, Feb. 24-27). Using the Nursing Culture Assessment Tool (NCAT) to evaluate culture change in long-term care. 30th Annual Conference of the Southern Nursing Research Society?2016, Williamsburg, VA.

Vincent, S., Toth, C., & Kennerly, S. (2015, Nov. 19-21). “Crossing borders and transitioning Bridges (CBTB):  A recruitment and retention model”. Podium presentation at the AACN Baccalaureate Education Conference 2015, Buena Vista Palace, Orlando, FL.

Yap, T.L., Kennerly, S., Corazzini, K., Batchelor-Murphy, M., & Anderson, R.A. (2015, Nov. 18-22). Evaluation of the Nursing Culture Assessment Tool’s clinical relevance to pressure ulcer prevention”. Poster, Gerontological Society of America’s 68th Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL.

Corazzini, K., McConnell, E., Anderson, R., Day, L., Mueller, C., Kennerly, S., Hawkins, K. (2015, Nov. 18-22). Regulation of nursing practice in nursing homes: Enacted assessment, care planning and quality. Presentation, Gerontological Society of America’s 68th Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL.

Yap, T. L., Kennerly, S. M., Bergstrom, N., & Horn, S. (2015, April 15-18). Transforming pressure ulcer prevention care processes through cueing innovations. Presentation, 36th Annual Meeting of the Southern Gerontological Society (SGS) in Williamsburg, VA.

Kennerly, S., Heggestad, E., Meyers, H., &Yap, T.L. (2015, April 15-18). Psychometric evaluation and scoring standardization of the Nursing Culture Assessment Tool (NCAT) for use in long-term care. Presentation, 36th Annual Meeting of the Southern Gerontological Society, Williamsburg, VA.

Kennerly, S., & Yap, T.L. (2015, Feb. 26-28). Feasibility and accuracy of triaxial accelerometers as a measure of repositioning. Poster, Southern Nursing Research Society 2015 Conference, Tampa, FL.

Corazzini, K. Walker, B., McConnell, E., Day, L., Anderson, R., Mueller, C., Vogelsmeier, A., Kennerly, S., Haske-Palomino, M., Flanagan, J., Hawkins, K. (2014, Nov. 5-9). Provider-academic partnerships for systems-level interventions of nursing care in nursing homes: The case of reducing hospitalizations. Presentation, Gerontological Society of America’s 67th Annual Scientific Meeting, Washington, DC.

Yap, T.L. & Kennerly, S. (2014, May 15-17). Functional and social dimensions of an innovation’s characteristics for pressure ulcer prevention in long-term care facilities. Poster, Presidential Poster Session at the 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society, Orlando, FL.

Yap, T.L., Kennerly, S., & Flint, E. (2014, April 3-6). Evaluating the psychometric properties of the Nursing Culture Assessment Tool for use in long-term care. Poster, 35th Annual Meeting of the Southern Gerontological Society, Little Rock, AR.

Yap, T.L. & Kennerly, S. Corazzini, K; Porter, KA; Toles, M; Anderson, RA. (2013, Nov. 20-24). Evaluating a pressure ulcer prevention intervention in LTC: Applying Diffusion of Innovation.  Poster Presented at the Gerontological Society of America’s 66th Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Yap, T., & Kennerly, S. (2013, May 1-5). Preventing pressure ulcers in long-term care using mobility and a multi-disciplinary team: Issues in adherence response and fidelity. Poster presented at the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care—Spring 2013, Denver, Colorado.

Kennerly, S., & Yap, T. (2013, Feb. 17-20). Creating a progressive learning environment for nurse learners online. Paper presented at E-Learning 2013 Conference, sponsored by the Instructional Telecommunications Council, San Antonio, TX.

Kennerly, S. (2013, Feb. 17-20). Using an audio based learning strategy to enhance student learning. Paper presented at E-Learning 2013 Conference, sponsored by the Instructional Telecommunications Council, San Antonio, TX.

Kennerly, S., & Yap, T. (2012, Sept. 12-14). Evaluation of a multidiscipline education program aimed at prevention of pressure ulcers in LTC. Poster presented at the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care—Fall 2012, Baltimore, MD.

Yap, T., & Kennerly, S. (2012, Sept. 12-14). Lessons learned from implementing an innovation using mobility to reduce healthcare-acquired pressure ulcers. Poster presented at the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care—Fall 2012, Baltimore, MD.

Kennerly, S. & Yap, T. (2012, April 22-25). Aligning occupational culture and organizational expectations to create the ideal safety environment. Poster, American Association of Occupational Health Nurses 2012 National Conference, Nashville, TN.

Walker, B., Christianson, J., Davis, L. S., Kennerly, S. (2012, April 22-25). Noise induced hearing loss in school-aged children. Poster presented at the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses 2012 National Conference, Nashville, TN.

Yap, T., & Kennerly, S. (2012, Sept. 12-14). Lessons learned from implementing an innovation using mobility to reduce healthcare-acquired pressure ulcers. Poster, Symposium on Advanced Wound Care—Fall 2012, Baltimore, MD.

Kennerly, S., & Yap, T. (2012, Sept. 12-14). Evaluation of a multidiscipline education program aimed at prevention of pressure ulcers in LTC. Poster, Symposium on Advanced Wound Care—Fall 2012, Baltimore, MD.

Kennerly, S., Yap, T.L., Hemmings, A., Beckett, G., & Schafer, J., (2011, April 29-May 5). Evaluation of a workplace culture assessment tool. Presentation, American Association of Occupational Health Nurses 2011 National Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Yap, T.L., Kennerly, S., Hemmings, A., & Beckett, G. (2011, April 29-May 5). Nursing culture: The key to promoting worker safety in healthcare environments. Presentation, American Association of Occupational Health Nurses 2011 National Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Borchers, A., Yap, T., Kennerly, S., Hemmings, A., Beckett, G. (2011, April 29-May 5). Application of the Latta organizational culture model to workplace safety. Poster, American Association of Occupational Health Nurses 2011 National Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Kennerly, S. (2010, July 14-17). Strategies for effectively integrating podcasting into learning experiences. Paper presented at the Nursing Educators Conference in the Rockies, Breckenridge, CO.

Non-Referred Presentations

Invited Presentations

Invited Presentations, National

Kennerly, S. M., & Yap, T. L. (2012, Apr. 26-27). Nursing culture assessment: A basis for improving pressure ulcer prevention in long-term care. Invited poster, Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI) National Conference, Washington, DC.

Yap. T. L., Kennerly, S., Simmons, M., Buncher, C., Miller, E., & Kim, J. (2012, Apr. 26-27). Influence of environmental context and nursing culture on adoption of a pressure ulcer prevention innovation in LTC facilities. Invited poster, Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI) National Conference, Washington, DC.

Yap. T. L., & Kennerly, S. M. (2011, Dec. 2). Promoting worker safety in healthcare environments by understanding occupational culture. Invited presentation, National Ergonomics Conference and Exposition, Las Vegas, NV.

Invited Presentations, Local

Yap, T.L., & Kennerly, S. (2015, Mar. 11). Transforming long-term care pressure ulcer prevention using cueing innovations to facilitate staff”. Invited presentation, Duke Aging Center Postdoctoral Research Training Program, Durham, NC.

Yap, T. L., & Kennerly, S. (2014, Nov. 13). Nurse-led pressure ulcer prevention in long-term care: Clinical application of the Turn Everyone And Move (TEAM) approach. Invited presentation, 2nd Annual Coastal Geriatric Care Convention, Wilmington, NC.

Yap, T., Kennerly, S., Miller, E., Buncher, R., Kim, J., & Borchers, A. (2010, Mar. 20). Establishing a sustainable nurse-led multi-disciplinary mobility team approach to pressure ulcer prevention. Invited poster, Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses Symposium, Cincinnati, OH.

Kennerly S. (2001, February 23). Academic outcomes and expectations of novice graduates. Invited presentation, Dayton Area Nursing Research Symposium, Dayton, OH.

Consultations

Special Projects/Faculty Development

Research Activities

Courses Taught

Graduate Courses

                          University of North Carolina Charlotte

Advanced Practicum in Nursing Administration and Leadership

Health Informatics, Budgeting, and Financial Management

Healthcare Program Evaluation and Quality

Leadership and Healthcare Systems

Theoretical Basis for Nursing Practice

Synthesis in Advanced Practice Nursing I

Synthesis in Advanced Practice Nursing II

                          University of Cincinnati

Development and Construction of Nursing Theory

Dissertation Research

Finance and Economics of Healthcare

Financial Management of Healthcare Systems

Financial Reimbursement for Health Care Providers

Health Care Policy, Organization, and Finance

Health Planning

Human Resource Management

Introduction to Occupational Health

Leadership Dynamics in Healthcare

Nursing Inquiry I

Organization and Management of Healthcare Systems

Research in Advanced Practice

Research Methods

Theoretical Perspectives in Nursing

                          Indiana University-Purdue University

Advanced Practice Roles in Nursing of Adults

Dissertation Research

Nursing Research

Teaching Strategies to Promote Client Functioning

Dissertation Committees

DNP Project Committees

Special Assignments/Faculty Development

Service

American Academy of Nursing

          Expert Panel on Aging (2016-present)

American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN)

          Member (2010-present)

          Symposium moderator (2011)

          National Grants Committee (2011-2016)

American Nurses Association (ANA), North Carolina District

          Member (2015-present)

          Gerontological Council (2015-present)

National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, & Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance

          2014 International Pressure Ulcer Guideline Update: Invited Member, Small Working Group on Older Adults (2013-2014)

National League for Nursing

          Member (1993-2015)

          Member Nominating Committee of Ohio League for Nursing (1994-1996)

          Board of Directors, Ohio League for Nursing (2002-2006)

Sigma Theta Tau International

          Member of Beta Nu Chapter (2016-present)

          Member of Gamma Iota Chapter (2013-2016)

          Member of Beta Iota Chapter (1992-2013)

          Member of Alpha Chapter (1989-1992)

          Research Committee, Alpha Chapter (1990-1992)

          Chair, Research Committee, Alpha Chapter (1991-1992)

          Member of Beta Epsilon Chapter (1988-1989)

          Member Theta Iota Chapter (1987-1988)

          Member of Gamma Iota Chapter (1981-1987)

          Eligibility Committee, Gamma Iota Chapter (1983-84)

Southern Nursing Research Society

          Member (2014-present)

          Co-chair, Aging/Gerontology Research Interest Group (2016-2017)

Service Learning Activities

Special Projects

Honors and Awards

2016 Fellow, American Academy of Nursing

2012 Working Group Member, 2014 Pressure UIcer Guideline Development Group, National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP), European     Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP), & Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance (PPPIA).

1991 Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

1981 Sigma Theta Tau International Research Society