Biography

Dr. Keller obtained her PhD in Nursing from the University of Miami in 1997. Her first position as a registered nurse was in the Emergency Department at Jackson Memorial Hospital (JMH) in Miami, FL. Following that experience, she worked in the Surgical ICU at Grady Memorial in Atlanta and then back to JMH to the Coronary Intensive Care Unit where she found her niche. This was the beginning of her interest in electrocardiographic nursing concepts. Eventually she went back to school and obtained her master's degree in nursing as a clinical specialist in adult health/critical care. Her last position at JMH was as an instructor in the school of nursing.

After leaving Miami she taught acute care nursing at Shadyside Hospital School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, PA. Next was New Mexico where she worked as a critical care clinical nurse specialist. Finally, she and her family returned to Miami. There she accepted a critical care educator/organization development position and remained at Mercy Hospital for almost 10 years where she coordinated Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) courses, taught 12-lead EKG and arrhythmia interpretation courses, along with Open Heart Recovery and Critical Care courses. During this time she went back for the PhD and taught for the University of Miami as a teaching assistant and eventually as clinical faculty. In 1998 she moved to Palm Beach County and began teaching at Florida Atlantic University. She currently teaches acute care adult health concepts in the undergraduate program and additional courses in the graduate program. In 2007 Dr. Keller was awarded the Distinguished Teacher of the Year for Florida Atlantic University. She considers this one of her greatest achievements and continues to be excited and humbled every day that she interacts with students.

Teaching

Dr. Keller's current research interests are related to incorporating caring science into simulated teaching/learning scenarios and interprofessional communication and teamwork. Her doctoral research was the "Development of an Instrument to Assess Critical Care Nurses' Arrhythmia Knowledge" and exploring electrocardiographic nursing concepts remains an important area of interest. Beginning in 1990, Dr. Keller published in the Cardiology Casebook section of the American Journal of Critical Care and Heart & Lung with her lifelong mentor, Dr. Louis Lemberg. She was certified in critical care nursing (CCRN) for over 20 years and remains current in ACLS and teaching ECG nursing concepts.

Presently, Dr. Keller teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate program. She is Lead Faculty for the Nurse Educator track in the master's program and is credentialed as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE). Additionally she is an advisor in the PhD program and has taught Crafting the Life of Scholarship in the doctoral program. She enjoys teaching at all three levels and across programs.

Dr. Keller's interest in simulation led to her work in formulating adult health simulation experiences grounded in a caring framework within the College. During her work in simulation, an interest in interprofessional education (IPE) emerged. At this time she is actively involved in developing and implementing IPE opportunities with nursing, medical and social work students and is a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer. Her most recent areas of research revolve around caring, simulation, and interprofessional education & practice.

Recent Publications

Selected Publications:
  • Cabral, R., Eggenberger, T., Keller, K., Gallison, B., & Newman, D. (2016). Use of a surgical safety checklist to improve communication. Journal of Association of peri-Operative Registered Nurses, 104(3), 206-216. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aorn.2016.06.019

  • Bamdas, J., Jacomino, M., Keller, K., Gordon, S., Hamlin, E., Hawkins, M., & Ouslander, J. (2015). An Innovative Interprofessional Education Program for University Medical, Nursing, and Social Work Students Learning in Teams during Sessions and Visits with Geriatric Mentors. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, 1(3-4), 100-103.

  • Eggenberger, T., Sherman, R.O., & Keller, K. (2014). Creating high-performance interprofessional teams. American Nurse Today, 9(11), 12-14.

  • Belkowitz J, Eggenberger T, Keller K, Zito A, Agarwal G. (2014). Interprofessional Team-based Learning: Medical Students and Nursing Students Discussing Medical Error Together. MedEdPORTAL. Available from:www.mededportal.org/publication/9884

  • Keller, K. B., Eggenberger, T. L., Belkowitz, J., Sarsekeyeva, M., & Zito. A. L. (2013).  Implementing successful interprofessional communication opportunities in health care: A qualitative analysis.  International Journal of Medical Education. 4, 253-259. 

  • Eggenberger, T. L., Keller, K. B., Chase, S., & Paine, L. (2012). A quantitative approach to evaluating caring in nursing simulation. Nursing Education Perspectives, 33(6), 403-406.

  • Eggenberger, T., Keller, K., & Locsin, R.  (2010). Valuing caring behaviors within simulated emergent nursing situations. International Journal for Human Caring, 14(2), 22-28.

  • Eggenberger, T., L, & Keller, K., B. (2008). Grounding nursing simulation in caring: An innovative approach. International Journal for Human Caring, 12(2), 42-46.

  • Keller, K.B. & Lemberg, L. (2008). The importance of vitamin C in the incidence of atrial fibrillation. American Journal of Critical Care. 17(3) 270-72.

  • Keller, K.B. & Lemberg, L. (2008). Torsade. American Journal of Critical Care. 17(1) 77-80.

  • Keller, K B & Lemberg L. (2007) His electrograms in the interpretation of cardiac arrhythmias. American Journal of Critical care. 16(9); 508-510.

  • Keller, K.B. & Lemberg, L. (2007) Electrocardiographic artifacts. American Journal of Critical Care. 16(1) 90-92.

  • Keller, K.B. & Lemberg, L. (2007) Iatrogenic sick sinus syndrome. American Journal of Critical Care. 16 (3) 294-297.Keller, K.B., & Raines, D.A. (2005) Arrhythmia knowledge: A qualitative study. Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute Care and Critical Care. 34(5) 309-16.

  • Kongsuwan, W., Keller, K., Touhy, T., & Schoenhofer, S. (2010). Thai Buddhist intensive care unit nurses' perspective of a peaceful death: An empirical study. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 16(5), 241-247.

  • Keller, K., B., & Eggenberger T., L. (2008). Grounding nursing simulation in caring science. (Abstract published from 30th Annual International Association for Human Caring Conference, Chapel Hill, NC, April 4-6) Internationl Journal of Human Caring, 12(3), 93.
  • Keller, K.B. & Lemberg, L. (2006) Secondary prevention of coronary artery disease in elderly persons:A treatise on a report by the American Heart Association. American Journal of Critical Care. 15(9), 514-518.
  • Keller, K.B. & Lemberg, L. (2006) The sick sinus syndrome. American Journal of Critical Care, 15(3) 226-229.
  • Keller, K.B., & Raines, D.A. (2005) Arrhythmia knowledge: A qualitative study. Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute Care and Critical Care. 34(5) 309-16.
  • McCaffrey, R., Zerwekh, J., & Keller, K.B.(2005) Pain Assessment:Cognitive restructuring as a model for teaching nursing students. Nurse Educator. 30(5) 226-30.

Honors/Awards

  • 2011 The Daisy Award for Nursing Faculty. Awarded by the Daisy Foundation and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).
  • 2009 Awarded title of Master Teacher for the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University
  • 2007 Distinguished Teacher of the Year for Florida Atlantic University
  • 2001 TIP (Teaching Incentive Program) Award Florida Atlantic University

Education


  • Ph.D.
    • University of Miami (1997) - School of Nursing, Coral Gables, Florida
  • M.S.N.
    • University of Miami (1985) - School of Nursing, Coral Gables, Florida with emphasis in Adult Health & Clinical Nurse Specialist Tract Clinical Emphasis: Critical Care & Trauma Nursing
  • Postgraduate Work
    • University of Maryland (1982) - School of Nursing, Baltimore, Maryland Postgraduate course in Trauma Nursing at the Maryland Institute For Emergency Medical Services System
  • BSN
    • University of Miami (1978) - School of Nursing, Coral Gables, Florida Cum Laude Graduate