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Carole Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN

 Dean/Professor, School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science

2000 Pennington Road, Trenton Hall 206, Ewing, New Jersey 08628

                          Phone Number: (609) 771-2591   Fax Number: (609) 637-5150





About Dr. Carole Kenner

Dr. Carole Kenner assumed the Carol Kuser Loser Dean, School of Nursing, Health and Exercise Science at The College of New Jersey, July 1, 2014. Dr. Kenner received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati and her master’s and doctorate in nursing from Indiana University. She specialized in neonatal/perinatal nursing for her master’s and obtained a minor in higher education for her doctorate. She has over 30 years’ experience in teaching with 20 of those years in higher education administration. She has served as a Chiron Mentor for nurses through Sigma Theta Tau International, a nursing honor society. She also has served as a mentor for new deans and assistant deans through the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). She has authored more than 100 journal articles and 20 textbooks. Her career is dedicated to nursing education and to the health of neonates and their families, as well as educational and professional development of healthcare practices in neonatology. Her dedication includes providing a healthcare standard for educating neonatal nurses nationally and internationally. Her passion led her to begin the journal Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews, which she now serves as international column editor. She serves on the Consensus Committee of Neonatal Intensive Care Design Standards, which sets recommendations for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit designs and serves on the March of Dimes Nursing Advisory Committee. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), a fellow in the National Academies of Practice, past president of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) and founding President of the Council of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN), the first international organization representing neonatal nursing. She is the 2011 recipient of the Audrey Hepburn Award for Contributions to the Health and Welfare of Children internationally. She is the 2014 recipient of NANN’s Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to neonatal nursing and one of the top 100 Legacy Leaders in 2014, from Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis. Her book “Developmental Care of Newborns & Infants” 2nd edition co-edited with Dr. Jacqueline McGrath just won the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award. She co-authored the book “Teaching the IOM” with Anita Finkelman, now in its third edition won an award for merit from the Society for Technical Communication, Washington DC. She was one of the founders of the 501C Institute for Oklahoma Nursing Education (IONE) which addresses building capacity in the workforce in the state of Oklahoma.



Neonatal Nursing, Genetics, Palliative Care, and Higher Education


Professional Affiliations

President, Consultants with Confidence, Inc.
Executive Director/Secretary, Council of International Neonatal Nurses, Inc.
Fellow, American Academy of Nursing
Fellow, National Academies of Practice
Mentor for New Deans, American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Member, Expert Panels in Genetics, Maternal Child, and Palliative Care for the American Academy of Nursing
Member, Developmental Care Task Force, Gravens High Risk Newborn Project
Member, Palliative Care Task Force, National Perinatal Association
Editorial Board Member, Neoreviews, Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Editorial Board Member, Newborn & Infant Nursing Reviews

Awards and Honors