Susan Kennerly, PhD, RN

Susan Kennerly, PhD, RN
Associate Director, Graduate Division, School of Nursing
CHHS 420

Teaching Specialty: Leadership and management, healthcare organizational systems, healthcare financial reimbursement, curriculum design and evaluation, educational administration, occupational health nursing

Education: BSN, East Carolina University; MS Education, University of North Carolina; MSN Adult Health, Unversity of South Carolina; PhD Nursing/Educational Administration, University of Texas

Certifications: ANSI Accredited Certification Program, Edge Safety, Certified Facilitator, Developmental Dimensions International, Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), National League for Nursing, Certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist (COHC), NIOSH Approved Spirometry Testing Certified, National Alliance of Wound Care Certification Examination (WCC)

Practice: Nursing Administration

Research Subjects: Human

Human Subjects: Female, Male

Age Development Stages: Adults, Elderly

Research Methodologies: Clinical Trial, Qualitative, Quantitative, Research/Survey Design

Research Topics: Administration/Management, Aging/Gerontology, Gerontology and Long-Term Care, Healthcare Quality

Clinical Specialty: Nursing Administration

COS Profile:

Professional Biography:


Dr. Susan Kennerly has a broad base of professional experience in nursing education administration and instruction, program assessment and development, clinical practice operations and grant/resource management, and scholarly activities. She has progressive and significant leadership experience in academic administration, a strong history of experience in undergraduate and graduate nursing education with responsibilities extending across Associate, Baccalaureate, RN/BSN, Masters, Accelerated MSN, Doctorate of Nursing Science, Doctorate of Nursing Practice, and PhD in Nursing degree programs. Additionally, she has used leading edge technology to innovate nursing education courses and programs. Dr. Kennerly was the first nurse faculty in the U.S. to receive U.S. Department of Commerce Telecommunication grant funding for distance learning and designed and implemented the first academic program via distance learning at the University of Cincinnati. Her primary areas of teaching content expertise include leadership, organizational systems, development of nursing theory, and healthcare finance and economics particularly non-physician provider healthcare reimbursement and tracking of the Minimum Data Set for long-term care.

Throughout her academic career, Dr. Kennerly has capitalized on numerous leadership opportunities to engage in mentoring of other faculty and students and has played a leadership role in the design and development of academic programs, including international collaboration for MSN and PhD programs, and community-focused programs. Likewise, she is currently serving as a Program Evaluator and Team Leader for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Her background includes leading in her own academic programs the successful self-study preparations for accreditation site visits by CCNE, NLN, and North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 

Dr. Kennerly’s knowledge of healthcare systems and Advanced Practice Nurse clinical practice has been applied in several pioneering practice initiatives, including the development and oversight of a nursing clinic within the Cincinnati Public Schools and service on the board of a mental health clinic for the homeless. Also, she has served as a consultant in team facilitation and the design, implementation, and evaluation of shared governance in acute care and mental health nursing practice settings. Her most recent clinical leadership and entrepreneurial small business experience is designing, co-owning, and operating an advanced practice nursing corporation that provided advanced wound care services to long-term care and home care patients locally, as well as through an innovative multi-state telehealth digital wound evaluation service. She is currently Wound Care Certified (WCC) by the National Alliance of Wound Care.

Dr. Kennerly’s program of research deals with leadership behaviors, occupational culture, and role implementation of healthcare workers. She was co-primary investigator on two recently completed studies focused on the investigation of nursing culture in long-term care and the development and psychometric evaluation of the Nursing Culture Assessment Tool (NCAT). In her role as the Deputy-Director of the Occupational Health Nursing Program at University of Cincinnati, she engaged in interdisciplinary research and she served as primary investigator for nursing on the NIOSH sponsored supplemental grant investigating the occupational culture of firefighters and other emergency responders and its effect on physical activity patterns and response to post-event stress. 

Relevant Publications:

Burgel, B. & Kennerly, S. (2012). The state of AAOHN: Membership snapshot. Workplace Health & Safety, 60(11), 465-469..

Hemmings, A., Beckett, G., Kennerly, S., & Yap, T. (In Press). Building a community of research practice: Intragroup team social dynamics in interdisciplinary mixed methods inquiry. Journal of Mixed Methods Research.

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

Kennerly, S.M., Yap, T.L., Hemmings, A., Becket, G., Schafer, J.C., & Borchers, A. Development and psychometric
testing of the Nursing Culture Assessment Tool. Clinical Nursing Research. April 19, 2012 Epub ahead of print.

Gormley, D. & Kennerly, S. (May, 2011). Predictors of Turnover Intention in Nurse Faculty. Journal of Nursing Education, 50(4) 190-196.

Yap, T. L. & Kennerly, S. M. (May/June  2011). A Nurse-Led Approach to Preventing Pressure Ulcers. Journal of Rehabilitation Nursing, 36(3), 106-110 (Plus CE Component).

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