Dr. Susan Kelly is a Clinical Associate Professor and is the Director of Undergraduate Adjunct Faculty and Clinical Affairs for the School of Nursing. Dr. Kelly joined the School of Nursing faculty in 2015 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2022.
Dr. Kelly has an extensive background teaching didactic and clinical instruction. She has taught across the undergraduate curriculum in areas such as Pathophysiology, Adult Health & Illness, Gerontological, and Leadership and Management. Dr. Kelly is also involved in collaborating, facilitating and teaching courses to prepare students for all levels of standardized testing and in preparation for the National Council of State Boards Licensing Exam (NCLEX), and she has conducted various workshops on NCLEX Test Taking Strategies.
Dr. Kelly's role as the Director of Adjunct Clinical Faculty and Clinical Affairs has allowed her to work with new adjunct faculty to mentor and educate them in the clinical teaching role. Dr. Kelly is an integral member of the Simulation Task Force for the School of Nursing, which has worked to integrate simulation into all nursing courses. She assisted in the development of simulation-based education and has published and presented this work at national and local levels.
Dr. Kelly is a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE), as well as a Certified Medical-Surgical Nurse (CMSRN). Dr. Kelly is an alum of the National League of Nursing (NLN) Leadership Development Program for Simulation Leaders, which allowed her to develop simulation programs across the undergraduate curriculum. Dr. Kelly's service includes her role as a contributing editor for the American Journal of Nursing for the Teaching for Practice column and her role on the Interprofessional Development Committee (IPEC) for the university.
Dr. Kelly is participating on a grant through investigators at Drexel University to support an online resource for enhancing health professions education. She has published and presented on a national level her work with this online resource. Dr. Kelly's research interests include using simulation-based education (SBE) to assess student learning and has an interest in how students learn and synthesis content. 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 2020 faculty award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Kelly's work with students on the remediation process and successfully preparing students for standardized exams was a contributing factor in her receiving this award. Dr. Kelly received the Rita M. Carty Faculty Leadership Award for the 2018 academic year, allowing her to disseminate research on professionalism and the hidden curriculum in healthcare organizations.
EducationEd.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
- Using simulation for various teaching initiatives
- Professionalism in nursing
Kelly, S.H., (2019). The hidden curriculum: Undergraduate nursing students' perspectives of socialization and professionalism. Nursing Ethics (ePub) https://doi.org/10.1177/0969733019881714
Kelly, S. H., Henry, R., Williams, S. (2019) Using Debriefing Methods in Post-Clinical Conference American Journal of Nursing, 19 (9).
Kelly, S. H., Koharchik, L., Henry, R., Cippel, M., Hardner, S., Kolesar, A., Clark, B. An Advanced Medication Administration Experience to Promote Students' Knowledge Acquisition in the Skill of Administering Medication, Teaching and Learning in Nursing (2018), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.teln.2017.12.002
Academy for Professionalism in Health Care 8th Annual Conference. Podium Presentation in Chicago, Illinois: The Hidden curriculum: Undergraduate nursing students' perspectives of developing a professional identity. April 29-30 - May 1, 2020.
Joseph and Joan Pranis Kenney Endowed Conference for Excellence in Nursing Education. UPMC Schools of Nursing. Podium Presentation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Cultivating Delegation and Prioritization Competency with Second Degree Accelerated Nursing Students Using High Fidelity Multiple Patient Simulation. March 6, 2020.
Duquesne University School of Nursing. Continuing Education Program (CEU) on Professional
Formation: an on-line platform to engage, assess and guide student's professional
development. The purpose of this educational activity was to introduce faculty to
the PFO modules and to discuss research initiatives to assess student's personal growth
throughout the nursing program. October 31, 2019.
National League of Nursing (NLN) Summit. Poster Presentation in National Harbor, Maryland: Student Learning with Shared Responsibility: Can it help Increase Standardized Test Scores and Prepare for Next Generation NCLEX? September 26-28, 2019.
International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning Conference (INACSL). Poster Presentation in Toronto Canada: An Advanced Medication Administration Experience to Promote Students' Knowledge Acquisition in the Skill of Administering Medication. June 14, 2018.
Greater Pittsburgh Nursing Research Conference. Poster Presentation: An Advanced Medication Administration Experience to Promote Students' Knowledge Acquisition in the Skill of Administering Medication. October 20, 2017.
International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation & Learning Conference (INACSL). Presentation: A survey of faculty and student perceptions of evaluation methods used in an undergraduate nursing program. June 16, 2016.
2015 Clinical Research Forum. Evidence-Based Practice: Paving the Way with Nursing Research. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Presentation: A survey of faculty and student perceptions of evaluation methods used in an undergraduate nursing program. May 22, 2015.
2020 Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award
2019 Scholarly Writing Retreat sponsored by the National League of Nursing (NLN)
2018 Rita M. Carty Faculty Leadership Award
2016 Alum for the Leadership Development Program for Simulation Leaders sponsored by the National League of Nursing (NLN)