Nursing Program

Carol A. Kirby, DNP, RN, CNM

Carol KirbyAssociate Professor of Nursing
Foster G. McGaw Chair of Nursing
BSN Program

At Berea College since 2004

Contact Information:

Hafer-Gibson, Room 119
Phone: (859) 985-3381
Fax: (859) 985-3395

Office Hours:

Posted on office door each term and by appointment by calling
859-985-3381 or email


  • DNP – University of Kentucky, Nursing Practice
  • MSN – University of Kentucky, Nurse Midwifery
  • BSN – Eastern Kentucky University, Nursing
  • ADN – Presentation College, Nursing
  • Diploma –Nettleton College, Business Administration


  • NUR 447: Nursing Care of Women & the Childbearing Family
  • NUR 450: Synthesis in Practice
  • WGS 286: Childbearing a Global Perspective


Carol Kirby came to Berea College in 2004 after many years of professional nursing practice.  During the past eleven years at Berea College, Carol has taught a variety nursing courses and served as the Nursing Program Chair from 2010 – 2014.  She is currently teaching senior nursing students.

Research/Scholarly Work Foci

  • Preterm birth
  • Cesarean Birth Rate – implications for practice
  • Maternal Anxiety as predictor for cesarean delivery


  • Member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society 2010 – present
  • Member of the National League for Nursing 2006 – present
  • Member of the Kentucky League Nursing 2006 – present
  • Member of the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) 1998 – present

College Service

  • Committee Member, Nursing Program 2014 Search, Program Chair
  • Committee Member, Natural Sciences & Health Building Planning 2012-2014
  • Parliamentarian, General Faculty Assembly and the College Faculty Assembly, per request of the Executive Council. 2011- 2014.
  • Chair of the Nursing Program, Appointment by Dean of the Faculty, May 2010-2014.
  • Committee Member, Faculty Learning Community Workgroup on e-Portfolios – 2012 to present
  • Committee Member, Enrollment Planning Work Group—Academic Programs subgroup 2011-2012.
  • Committee Member, Biology – Anatomy & Physiology Faculty Search 2011-12
  • Committee Chair, Nursing Program Faculty Search 2011-2012
  • Committee Member, Berea College Presidential Search 2011.
  • Committee Member, Berea College Restructuring Committee: Summer Design Team C, Summer 2010
  • Nursing Program Faculty Search. Committee Chair, 2010-2011

Community Service

  • Council Member, Kentucky One Health – Berea, KY, Patient and Family Advisory Council, 2010 – Present
  • Past Board Member, Daniel Boone Chapter of the American Red Cross 2010 – 2012


  • Kirby, Carol A., “Prenatal Anxiety and Cesarean Delivery in a Clinic Population” (2015). Maternal, Child Health and Neonatal Nursing Commons, Digital Commons Network, and-neonatal-nursing/
  • Kirby, Carol A., “Prenatal Anxiety and Cesarean Delivery in a Clinic Population” (2015). DNP Practice Inquiry Projects. Paper 39.
  • Kirby, Carol A. “Managerial Epidemiology – Case Studies” authored for Dr. Steven Fleming, University of Kentucky, College of Public Health, “Managerial Epidemiology” textbook website (2011).
  • Kirby, Carol A. Maternity & Women’s Health Subject Matter Expert / Case Study reviewer and author for 24 chapter case studies – Ricci, S. (2012). Essentials of Maternity, Newborn and Women’s Health Nursing (3rd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. (Peer reviewed, online instructor resources for text).


  • Kirby, Carol A. “Prenatal Anxiety and Cesarean Delivery in a Clinic Population”. Presented in defense of doctorate (peer reviewed). University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 4/20/2015.
  • Kirby, Carol A. “Use of PDA’s in Nursing Education”. Presented (Regional Nursing Conference – Peer Reviewed) 5th Annual Faculty Development Workshop: University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, 5/21/09.
  • Kirby C., Farley P., & Villaran T. “Use of PDA’s in Nursing Education”. Co-presenters 2009 Technology Integration Program for Nursing Education Practice (TIP-NEP) Conference. Funded by a HRSA grant to Duke University in collaboration with Western Carolina University.

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