Kelly (RN, PhD, NEA-BC) received her nursing education and training in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts at Boston College. She has been a nurse for almost four decades. Kelly has lived in North Carolina for more than 25 years. As a nursing clinician, her focus has been various in areas of critical care, oncology, geriatrics, palliative care, hospice and nursing leadership. She considers herself a devout follower of Dr. Jean Watson’s Caring Science Nursing Theory. She believes that compassion and connection are the strongest healing forces in our practice.
Kelly received her PhD from Twente University in the Netherlands. Her dissertation, “Reconstructing Nurses’ Relationships with Older Patients” looked at the impact of I:Thou beliefs on healing and wholeness. She considers herself a caring, healing, presence and has dedicated her nursing studies for the past seven years to tending to the miracles that occur at the end of our lives.