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Patrick Kenny


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Dr. Patrick Kenny is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing and Health.  Dr. Kenny currently teaches courses in the undergraduate nursing curriculum.  He is certified as an HIV/AIDS Registered Nurse and is also certified in Gerontological Nursing and Nursing Administration.  Dr. Kenny maintains active clinical practice in Hospice Nursing.  His clinical expertise includes mental health nursing, Gerontological nursing, nursing administration and hospice nursing.

Dr. Kenny's research interests include the history on nursing, and in particular, the history of men in nursing.  He has presented nationally on the topic.  His doctoral dissertation was "To Know and to Serve: The History of the Pennsylvania Hospital Training School for Male Nurses of the Department for Mental and Nervous Diseases, 1941-1965."

His teaching responsibilities include Senior Integrating Seminar, Mental Health Nursing, Creating a Healthy Lifestyle, and Nursing Care of the Older Adult.  Dr. Kenny serves as President of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association.  He is also involved with a number of nursing and healthcare organizations.  He serves as a Director at Large for the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, as a board member for The Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society, and as Treasurer for Mu omicron Chapter at DeSales University, Sigma Theta Tau International.

Dr. Kenny received his BSN from Allentown College of St. Francis DeSales (now DeSales University) and his MSN from the University of Pennsylvania in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Nursing.  Dr. Kenny received his doctorate in Education with a major in Nursing Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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