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Internationally-Renowned Visiting Professors at Penn Nursing
February 6, 2007, Volume 53, No. 21

Ada Sue HinshawKarlene Kerfoot

Throughout the academic year, the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing hosts visiting professors and scholars from across the United States and around the world to foster an exchange of ideas with faculty and students at colloquia and seminars. Visiting professors also provide consultations about critical issues in nursing around the world. During the spring 2007 semester, the School of Nursing will host Dr. Ada Sue Hinshaw and Dr. Karlene Kerfoot.

Dr. Hinshaw, professor and dean emeritus at the University of Michigan School of Nursing and Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine, joins Penn Nursing as Visiting Professor in the Nursing Family and Community Health Division. Her research interests include quality of care, patient outcomes, measurement of such outcomes and building positive work environments for nurses because of the impact on patient safety. She was the first permanent Director of the National Center of Nursing Research and the first Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Hinshaw has received numerous awards for her work including 13 honorary doctorates, the Health Leader of the Year Award from the United States Public Health Service and the Walsh McDermott Award from the Institute of Medicine.

Dr. Kerfoot joins Penn Nursing as Visiting Professor in the Biobehavioral and Health Systems Division. Dr. Kerfoot is Principal of Kerfoot and Associates, Inc., an Indianapolis-based consulting firm that works in the areas of patient safety, strategic planning, Magnet education, recruitment and retention redesign, executive coaching and redesigning of patient care structures. She has published more than 250 articles and travels the U.S. and the world to speak on the topics of leadership, patient safety and nursing workforce issues.
Dr. Kerfoot has held numerous leadership positions in hospitals, for corporate organizations and in academia. Most recently, she was senior vice president of nursing and patient care at Clarian Health Partners in Indianapolis and associate dean of clinical practice at the Indiana University School of Nursing.  Dr. Kerfoot has received numerous awards for her work, including induction as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

Almanac - February 6, 2007, Volume 53, No. 21