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Monica Kennison
Dr. Monica Kennison, EdD, MSN, RN
Susan V. Clayton Baccalaureate Nursing Chair; Professor of Nursing|Nursing
portrait of Dr. Monica Kennison, EdD, MSN, RN
Office Location
Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building, 317
Office Hours
  • Mon/Thur: 2 – 3 p.m. Tue: 3 – 4 p.m.
  • Wed: 1 – 2 p.m.
  • Fri: 11 a.m. – noon
  • Additional advising appointments available on request.
Class Schedules
  • NUR 352 (Fri: 9:20 am – 11:05 am)
  • NUR 450 (Tue: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm) (Tue: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
  • NUR 352
  • NUR 450

Dr. Monica Kennison has over thirty-seven years of experience in nursing education including twelve years as a higher education administrator of fully accredited nursing and health science programs. As such, she has written curricula, systematic evaluation plans, and accreditation self-study documents for graduate and undergraduate nursing education programs. She has spearheaded teams of faculty to significantly improve NCLEX-RN pass rates.

  • EdD – West Virginia University, Curriculum & Instruction
  • MSN – West Virginia University, Adult Primary Health Care
  • BSN – Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Diploma – Indiana Hospital School of Nursing
Publications & Works
  • Scholarly Work Foci

    Promoting cultures of civility in the workplace

    Incorporating reflective writing pedagogy in didactic and clinical courses

    Using expressive writing as a therapeutic self-help intervention

  • Publications

    Heath, J., Wiggins, A.T., Meador, D., Kennison, M., Woodall, M., Pendleton, M., MacCullum, T., & Butler, K.M. (2023). The State of health and intentions for action to advance mental health and well-being for the Kentucky nursing workforce. Journal of Nursing Administration, 53(4), 220-227. DOI: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000001273

    Yatsushiro, R., Kennison, M., & Baek, H. (2021). COIL course ‘Rural and Island Healthcare’ Institute for Innovative Global Education (IIGE), Kansai University, 6, 36-38.

    Kennison, M., & Lamb, C. (8 September 2021). Transformative learning in an international Immersion experience among undergraduates. Nursing Education Perspectives, 43(3), E16- E18. doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000890

    Kennison, M. (24 July 2020). Sigma’s International Nursing Research Congress: A loyal friend of mine. Reflections on Nursing Leadership.

    Dzurec, L. C., Karpinski, A. C., Kennison, M., Rair, R., & Fitzgerald, S. M. (2019). Assessing Perceptions of Family-Like Dynamics in the Workplace as Possible Precursors of Workplace Bullying: Psychometric Analysis of a Modified Instrument. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 27(2), 297- 312.

    Kennison, M., Lamb, C., Ponder, J., Turner, L., Kosmides, A., & Dzurec, L. C. (2019). Expressive writing: A self-care intervention for first year undergraduates. Building Healthy Academic Communities. 3(1), 44-55.

    Kennison, M. (2019, February 22). Overcoming workplace interpersonal conflict. Reflections in Nursing Leadership.

    Kennison, M. (2018). A mother-daughter journey through Alzheimer’s. Journal of Christian Nursing, 35(4), 222-223.

    Kennison, M., & Long, E. (2018). The long journey of Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Christian Nursing, 35(4), 218-227.

    Dzurec, L. C., Kennison, M., & Gillen, P. (2017). The incongruity of Workplace Bullying Victimization and Inclusive Excellence. Nursing Outlook. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2017.01.012.

    Kennison, M., Dzurec, L. C., Cary, A., & Dzurec, D. (2015). Seeking the ‘magis:’ Jesuit pathways to enhancing civility in higher education. Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal. 4(1), 25-33.

    Kennison, M. (2015). Reflective writing. In Encyclopedia of Nursing Education. Smith, M.J., Fitzpatrick, J.J., & Carpenter, R. (Eds.). Springer Publishing.

    Dzurec, L., Kennison, M., & Albataneih, R. (2014). Unacknowledged threats proffered in a manner of speaking. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. 46, 481-491.

    Kennison, M. Reviewer for book proposal, A Very Short Guide to Writing In Nursing. Oxford University Press.

    Kennison, M. (2012). Developing reflective writing as effective pedagogy. Nursing Education Perspectives. 33, 306-311.

    Kennison, M., & Yost, W. (2009). Prone positioning: Improving Oxygenation in patients with ARDS. Nursing 2009 Critical Care, 4 (3), 42-46.

    Kennison, M. (2006). The evaluation of students’ reflective writing for evidence of critical thinking. Nursing Education Perspectives, 27, 269-273.

    Kennison, M.M. & Misselwitz, S. (2004). Evaluating students’ reflective writing not so simple. West Virginia Nurse, 8 (1), 8, 22.

    Smith, M. J., Kennison, M., Triplett, S., & Loudin, B. (2004). Intervening as a passenger in drinking/driving situations. Applied Nursing Research, 17, 142-149.

    Kennison, M.& Misselwitz, S. (2002). Evaluating reflective writing for appropriateness, fairness, & consistency. Nursing Education Perspectives, 23, 238-242.

    Kennison, M.M. (2001). Student creativity bridges language barrier. West Virginia Nurse, 5 (2), 9.

    Kennison, M.M., (1999). A case study in care. RN, 62(1), 46-48.

    Kennison, M.M., & Brace, J. (1997). Critical thinking: Digging deeper for creative solutions. Nursing, 27(9), 52-54.

    Kennison, M.M. (1997). Mrs. Burke: A lesson in sedation. Nursing, 27(9), 32cc10-32cc11.

    Kennison, M.M. (1995). Recognizing woman abuse. Nursing, 25(2), 32FF-32HH.

    Kennison, M.M. (1992). Challenging experience in maternity nursing. Nurse Educator, 18(4), 4-5.

    Pseudonym (1990). I am….Journal of Christian Nursing, 7(1), 4-8.

    Kennison, M.M. (1988). Improving time management. Critical Care Nurse, 9(2), 70-73. Washington Hospital.

    Kennison, M.M. (1987). Faith: An untapped health resource. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services. 25(10), 28-30

  • Selected Research

    Kennison, M., Lamb, C., Turner, L., Ponder, J., Robillard, M., Gurtatowski, J., Reimondo, S., Messer, W., & Anderson, D. (2017). Expressive writing among healthy College students: A self-help strategy to improve quality of life. Berea College

    Dzurec, L. C., Karpinski, A. C., Kennison, M., Rair, R., & Fitzgerald, S. M. (2017). Nursing Faculty Perceptions of Family-Like Dynamics in the Workplace. Widener University.

    Dzurec, L., Kennison, M., & Albataneih, R. (2014). Unacknowledged threats in workplace bullying interactions. Kent State University.

  • Selected Grants


    Kennison, M. Project Director, Health Resources and Services Administration, Nursing Workforce Diversity, CCAC, 2010-2011.


    Kennison, M. Project Director, CCAC, Highmark Grant, 2010-2011.


    Kennison, M. Project Director, Nursing Expansion at CCAC North Campus, US Dept of Education Altmire-Peterson Grant, 2009-2011.


    Kennison, M. Project Director, CCAC RN Achievement Grant, Health Resources and Services Administration, Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant, 2009 -2011.