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Susan Kelly, EdD, MSN, MS, RN, CMSRN, CME, CHSE

Assistant Professor
School of Nursing

Fisher Hall 551C
Phone: 412.396.6538


Ed.D. Doctor of Education, University of Pittsburgh
MSN, Nursing Education, Robert Morris University
MS, Leadership and Business Ethics, Duquesne University
BSN, Nursing, University of Pittsburgh
Diploma, Ohio Valley Hospital School of Nursing

Dr. Susan Kelly joined the Duquesne School of Nursing faculty as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2015. Dr. Kelly earned her Doctor of Education (Ed.D) from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Certified Nurse Educator as well as a Certified Medical-Surgical Nurse. Dr. Kelly is an alum of the National League of Nursing (NLN) Leadership Development Program for Simulation Leaders.

Dr. Kelly has an extensive background teaching didactic and clinical instruction. Dr. Kelly has taught Pathophysiology, Fundamentals of Nursing Practice, Adult Health & Illness, and Leadership and Management to pre-licensure nursing students. Dr. Kelly is also involved in collaborating, facilitating and teaching in courses for NCLEX preparation.

Dr. Kelly is an integral member of the Simulation Task Force in the school of nursing which has worked to integrate simulation into all nursing courses. Dr. Kelly is also on the Academic Standing Committee and the BSN Committee. Currently, Dr. Kelly holds a position on the University Core Curriculum Committee. Dr. Kelly recently accepted the position of contributing editor for the American Journal of Nursing for the Teaching for Practice column.

Dr. Kelly is participating on a grant through investigators at Drexel University to support an online resource for enhancing health professions education. Dr. Kelly is one of the collaborators assisting with establishing the new educational resources for interprofessional care.

Dr. Kelly's research interests include using high-fidelity simulation to assess student learning. Dr. Kelly has an interest in how students learn and synthesis content. Dr. Kelly is working to enhance the remediation process and has worked with students to assist them as they prepare to take standardized exams. Dr. Kelly has conducted various workshops on "NCLEX" Test Taking Strategies.

Dr. Kelly's research on faculty and student perceptions of high fidelity simulation has been presented on a national and local level. Dr. Kelly received the Rita M. Carty Faculty Leadership Award for the 2018 academic year. This award will allow her to disseminate research in areas of standardized testing and remediation processes for nursing students.


Dr. Kelly's research interests are in using high-fidelity simulation and assessing student outcomes. Dr. Kelly has used high-fidelity simulation in all levels of undergraduate education. Dr. Kelly's research on faculty and student perceptions of high fidelity simulation has been presented on a national and local level.


2018 Rita M. Carty Faculty Leadership Award