Kathleen G. Burke, PhD, RN, CENP, FAAN


Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Dr. Burke is the Corporate Director, Nursing Professional Development and Innovation, at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. In this role Dr. Burke provides oversight and strategic leadership at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Pennsylvania Hospital, the Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania, Home Care & Hospice Services and Rehab at Good Shepherd Penn Partners, Chester County Health system, Lancaster General Hospitals and Princeton Health System. Dr. Burke also holds an appointment as an Advanced Senior Lecturer in the Nursing Administration and Health Leadership graduate nursing programs where she is co-director for the quality improvement in healthcare and patient safety interprofessional graduate courses.

Dr. Burke has served as faculty and mentor in the Sigma Theta Tau International ( STTI) Geriatric Nurse Leadership Academy and currently serves as a faculty consultant for the national Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Project where she champions the dissemination of the QSEN competencies in clinical  practice. She received her BSN from Pennsylvania State University, MSN from Widener University as a Clinical Specialist in Burns, Emergency and Trauma Nursing and a PhD from University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing with an emphasis on the history of the Diffusion and Innovation of Healthcare Technology. She is certified by the American Organization of Nurse Executives in Executive Leadership (CENP), is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and is on the board  of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and Chair of the CCNE Residency  Review Committee

Dr Burke's research interests are in the areas of adoption and diffusion of innovations, professional healthcare workforce development, interprofessional education and practice, nursing, and healthcare quality and safety.  Her recent research and publications includes: Burke, KG, Johnson, T, Sites C., & Barnsteiner J.H. (2017) “CE: Original Research: Creating an Evidence-Based Progression for Clinical Advancement Programs”. American Journal of Nursing. 117(5), 22-36. Koffel, C., Burke, K., McGuinn, K., and Miltner, R. (2017).” Integration of Quality and Safety Education for Nurses Into Practice. Academic – Practice Partnerships’ Role”. Nurse Educator. Vol 42. (55) 549-552.Burke, K., Richardson, C., and Smith, B ., (2017).” Implementing Nursing Professional Development: Scope and Standards of Practice” (3rdEd) Journal of Nursing Professional Development. Vol 33 (5), 269-271.Burke, K. (2018). “Focus on stimulating and supporting continuous quality improvement in nursing programs and their outcomes.”  Living the CCNE Values: 20th Anniversary Editorial Series. January.1-2.

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