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Kesa Herlihy, PhD, RN, CNE

Kesa Herlihy portrait
Clinical Associate Professor

Program Director, Simulation Education Program, Director, School Of Nursing

kherlihy@kumc.edu

Professional Background

Dr. Herlihy graduated from Penn Valley Community College with her Associate of Applied Science in Nursing in 2006. Soon after, she completed her RN-BSN at the University of Kansas School of Nursing in 2008. She then went on to complete her master's of science degree with an emphasis in Nursing Education at the University of Utah in 2010 and her Ph.D. at the University of Kansas School of Nursing in 2017. Dr. Herlihy worked as a pediatric, and float-pool nurse before moving to full-time educator in 2010. Dr Herlihy is the Simulation Education Program Director at the School of Nursing and coordinates and oversees The Lab Learning Spaces.

Education and Training
  • AAS, Nursing, Metropolitan Community College - Penn Valley
  • BSN, Nursing, University of Kansas School of Nursing
  • MS, Nursing Education, University of Utah
  • PhD, Nursing Education, University of Kansas School of Nursing
Licensure, Accreditations & Certifications
  • Certified Nurse Educator, National League for Nursing
Professional Affiliations
  • Kansas City Regional Simulation Alliance, Member, 2019 - Present
  • Sigma Theta Tau International , Graduate Student Counselor, 2019 - Present
  • National League for Nursing, Member, 2010 - Present

Research

Overview

Dr Herlihy's research has included faculty perceptions of student preparation in simulation, developing a new way of conducting a physical assessment, and she is currently leading an interprofessional faculty team in developing and implementing and Identity-Based Patient Bias educational curriculum.

Current Research and Grants
  • Student Nurses’ Management of Identity-Based Patient Bias in the Clinical Setting: A Teaching Initiative, KU SON