Susan Kennerly


Susan Kennerly, PhD, RN, WCC, CNE, FAAN, is professor in the Department of Nursing Science at the East Carolina University College of Nursing and a wound care certified and gerontological nurse educator and researcher. Dr. Kennerly’s scholarship is distinguished for its focus on enhancing both nursing care delivery and the nursing practice environment. Her work has led to enhanced nursing care delivery and outcomes and informed the science behind nursing practice environments by co-creating the Nursing Culture Assessment Tool, the first of its kind, now used nationally and internationally to evaluate and shape nursing culture. Dr. Kennerly has also led entrepreneurial practice activities in advanced wound care in nursing homes, home care, and long-term acute care settings. Using her expertise, she has helped set standards for the International Clinical Practice Guideline for Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Treatment as a member of the “older adults” and “repositioning” small working groups. Most recently, she applied her knowledge of educational and healthcare systems by building high =-functioning partnerships that have facilitated strong scientific research using nurse-led interventions, such as the Turn Everyone and Move (TEAM) and the Turn Everyone and Move for Ulcer Prevention (TEAM-UP) studies. Dr. Kennerly teaches in the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program at East Carolina University. Dr. Kennerly was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing as a Fellow in 2016.