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


Assistant Dean, Clinical Nurse Learning and Innovation, 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 Healthsystem and Lancaster General Hospitals. Dr. Burke also holds an appointment as Assistant Dean for Clinical Nurse Learning and Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing and is 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 graduate programs and clinical  practice. Dr. Burke is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing and expert reviewer for Nursing Economics.

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).

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.

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