Nursing Faculty & Staff

Kathleen Z. Wisser, PhD, RN, CPHQ

Assistant Professor of Nursing


Education Background

  • Indiana University of PA
    Indiana, PA
    Ph.D. in Administration & Leadership Studies
  • The Pennsylvania State University
    State College, PA
    Master of Science, Major in Nursing, Specialty Adult Health and Addictions    
  • Thomas Jefferson University
    Philadelphia, PA
    Bachelor of Science, Nursing    

Certifications and Trainer

  • Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) since 2002
    End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)



Areas of Interest

  • Addictions and Mental Health Nursing
  • Family Involvement in Addiction Treatment
  • Assessment of Student Learning in Higher Education  
  • Evaluation of Programs for program effectiveness and meeting accreditation and licensing standards
  • Quality and Safety Nursing Education (QSEN)


Courses Taught

  • Teach courses in all three nursing programs - Pre-licensure BSN, RN to BSN Completion, and MSN Programs and Interdisciplinary
    • NUR 303RN  Preparation for Professional Writing
    • NUR 317      Nursing in Health and Illness III: Behavioral Health and Chronicity (Course Coordinator)
    • NUR 408      Introduction to Research Methods
    • NUR 419RN  Research Methods for Professional Nurses
    • NUR 630      Measuring Educational Outcomes
    • NUR 490ST  Numerous one-credit courses focusing on special topics for professional RN's, such as: 
    •                   End of Life Care, Surviving Facilitation, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Chronic Nature  
    •                   of Addiction 
    • BH 205        Neuropharmacology (In Behavioral Health Studies Program)


Selected Podium and Poster Presentations

  • February 2012. "Applying Quality Improvement Principles to Evaluate Program Effectiveness." 2012 Master's Education Conference. San Antonio, TX  (Invited Speaker at Plenary Session - National Conference)
  • September 2011. "Shifting the Focus of Addiction Treatment from an Acute to Chronic Care Model." International Nurses Society on Addiction 35th Annual Educational Conference. Tucson, AZ (Podium - International Conference)
  • February 2011. "Evaluating Program Effectiveness Through the Use of Quality Improvement Tools." 2011 Master's Education Conference. Scottsdale, AZ (Podium - National Conference)
  • October 2010. “Shifting the Focus of Addiction Treatment from an Acute to Chronic Care  Model.” Pennsylvania Sociological Society Annual Conference. Mansfield, PA  (Podium—State Conference) 
  • September 2009. “The Use of Logic Modeling in Outcomes Measurement.” National Association for Healthcare Quality 34th Annual Conference, Grapevine, TX (Podium—National Conference 
  • September 2009. “Surviving As a Successful Team Facilitator.” National League for Nursing Summit, Philadelphia, PA (Poster—National Conference) 
  • February 2009. “Achieving Success through the Team Process.” American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) 2009 Master's Education Conference. Orlando, FL (Poster—National Conference) 
  • November, 2008. “Using Incident Management Data as a Quality of Life Measure.” Pennsylvania Sociological Society Annual Conference. Harrisburg, PA (Podium—State Conference) 
  • June 2008. “Learning and Serving in the Real World of Community Health Nursing.” AFCU Conference, Reading, PA (Podium—National Conference) 



Wisser, K. (October 2006). Article published in regional publication for nursing, Nursing Spectrum. “Empowering People to Ensure Change.” Nursing Spectrum.



July 2010. A Comparative Study of Family-Centered Home Based and Traditional Addiction Treatment Approaches. Dissertation. Not funded.

Contact Information

Kathleen Z. Wisser, Ph.D., RN, CPHQ
Assistant Professor of Nursing

     Nursing Resource Center, Room 101
     Phone: 610.790.2853
     Fax: 610.796.8464

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