Nelda Godfrey, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN

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Nelda Godfrey

Professor and Associate Dean, Innovative Partnerships and Practice
University of Kansas School of Nursing
Kansas City, KS

Nelda Godfrey, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, is Professor at the University of Kansas School of Nursing. She has had more than 15 years of executive team leadership expertise in nursing practice and education and more than twenty years of PRN bedside nursing practice in urban Kansas City hospitals. She became the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs at the University of Kansas in 2008. Prior to joining the KU School of Nursing, Dr. Godfrey was Chair of the Department of Nursing at William Jewell College. She became a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health Nursing in 1994 and maintains American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification in adult clinical nurse specialist practice.

Under Dr. Godfrey's leadership the undergraduate team at the University of Kansas School of Nursing has become nationally known for its concept based learning approach in the BSN and RN-BSN programs. Dr. Godfrey is past president of the Organizational Leadership Network through the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She has published extensively in the areas of health care ethics, leadership in nursing and virtue ethics, and co-authored the book "The Making of Nurse Professionals: A Transformational, Ethical Approach" in 2011. She has taught Professional Development I: Introduction to the Profession in the newly revised BSN curriculum at the University of Kansas, and speaks widely about her research program of study: the formation and fostering of professional identity formation within the discipline of nursing. In her twenty-year background in health care ethics, Dr. Godfrey has presented more than 100 poster and podium presentations locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, and has more than 20 peer reviewed publications. She has been visiting faculty for the Harvard-Macy Institute on Leading Innovations in Health Care Education, and has also been a regular columnist in the Kansas City Star weekly publication, NurseWeek.

Dr. Godfrey has 14 years of service on the ethics committees of two hospitals, and has been a member of the ethics consult team. She served for four years as the co-lead for the Missouri Action Coalition, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/AARP grass roots initiative to implement the key messages of the 2010 Institute of Medicine Report "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health." She is currently the president of the Missouri Nurses Foundation, the philanthropic and educational arm of the Missouri Nurses Association through ANA, and participating internationally in research on professional identity in nursing.

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