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Barbara Kitchener, ,CCRN

Seton Hall University PhD
Home Brooklyn NY United States


I am enrolled in the PhD Nursing Program at Seton Hall University. My dissertation topic is Spiritual Care in Acute Care Nursing, and concerns preparing nurses to provide spiritual care. I plan to continue conducting research in the area of spiritual care as it applies to community health and various populations such as the elderly, healthcare providers, and nursing students. My interests include exploring effects of prayer and spiritual well-being in the healing process, and facilitating the integration of evidence-based teaching strategies to enhance the quality of nursing education. With over 20 years of experience as a Critical Care Registered Nurse and 5 years as a nurse manager, I am really passionate about excellence in nursing education and practice. Currently, as a lecturer, clinical instructor, and coordinator for clinical placement at SUNY Downstate College of Nursing, my goal is to be on the cutting edge in my delivery of nursing education in preparing future nursing leaders, educators, and clinicians. My service commitments include membership on Centerwide Faculty Development Committee, the Nursing Research Council, the CON Curriculum Committee, and Chairperson for CON Program Evaluation and Faculty Development Committee. I have previously served on the Education Policy Committee, the CON Technology Committee, Admission & Recruitment Committee, and have been a project mentor in the NYU Leadership Institute for Black Nurses. Other leadership roles include: spearheaded Faith Based Food Pantry and Feeding Program in undeserved community, Facilitator of ENY Children Music Education Program and Director for Family Ministries.


Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Nurse Leader – Spiritual Care in Nursing
Dissertation: Spiritual Care in Acute Care Nursing