Biography

Dr. Keller obtained her PhD in Nursing in 1997, MSN in 1985, and BSN in 1978 from the University of Miami. 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 teaching critical care concepts.

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 (from 1988-1997) 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. In 1990, Dr. Keller began to publish in the Cardiology Casebook a permanent feature in the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ official research journal along with her lifelong mentor, cardiologist, Dr. Louis Lemberg. They published together for nearly 2 decades. The aim of the cardiology casebook section was to disseminate research findings and guidelines to nurses using a case study format/teaching approach. These evidence-based articles have been cited in the literature over 460 times.

While obtaining her PhD she 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. 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. An additional accomplishment that has shaped her teaching is that she was certified in critical care nursing (CCRN) for over 20 years.

Dr. Keller teaches in both undergraduate and graduate programs.  She is the Graduate Coordinator for the Nurse Educator concentration in the master's program and is credentialed as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE). Additionally, she is an advisor in the PhD program. She enjoys teaching at all three levels and across programs.

Dr. Keller's interest in simulation led to her work in formulating acute care-focused simulation experiences grounded in a caring framework. During her work in simulation, an interest in interprofessional education & practice (IPE&P) emerged. At this time, she is the Associate Director of IPE&P from Nursing and is actively involved in developing and implementing IPE opportunities with nursing, medical, pharmacy and social work students and is a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer.

For many years she has been the lead author of cardiac-related chapters in Dunphy, L.M., Winland-Brown, J.E., Porter, B.O., & Thomas, D.E. (Eds.). Primary Care: The Art and Science of Advanced Practice Nursing-An Interprofessional Approach. Philadelphia, PA: FA Davis. In this endeavor, she has finally been able to link all three of her areas of interests--caring science, interprofessional team science, and cardiac nursing concepts.

Dr. Keller's research interests are related to electrocardiographic nursing concepts, interprofessional communication and teamwork as well as incorporating caring science into simulated teaching/learning scenarios. Her doctoral research was the Development of an Instrument to Assess Critical Care Nurses' Arrhythmia Knowledge. Her instrument the Cardiac Arrhythmia Recognition Tool is currently being used both nationally and internationally and exploring electrocardiographic nursing concepts remains an important area of interest. This work along with her cardiac-focused simulations grounded in caring science and other cardiac-related dissemination endeavors have resulted in Dr. Keller being inducted in September 2022 as a Fellow into the NLN Academy of Nursing Education.

Recent Publications

  • Chen, Y. Y., Kunst, E., Nasrawi, D., Massey, D., Johnston, A., Keller, K., & Lin, F. F. (2022). Nurses’ competency in electrocardiogram interpretation in acute care settings: A systematic review. Journal of Advanced Nursing Article ID: JAN15147  
  • Chen, Y., Nasrawi, D., Massey, D. Johnston, A., Keller K., Kunst, E. (2021). Final-year nursing students’ foundational knowledge & self-assessed confidence in interpreting cardiac arrhythmias: A cross-sectional study. Nurse Educator Today,  Feb;97:104699. DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2020.104699  
  • Keller, K.,  Eggenberger, T., Leavitt, M.A., & Sabatino, D. (2020). Acute Care Nurses’ Arrhythmia Knowledge: Defining Competency. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 51 (1), 39-45. 
  • Leavitt, M. A., Hain, D. J., Keller, K. B., & Newman, D. (2020) Testing the effect of a home health heart failure intervention on hospital readmissions, heart failure knowledge, self-care, and quality of life. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 46(2), 32-40. 
  • Eggenberger, T., Obeso, B., Keller, K., Durbin, M., & Posternack, C. (2017). Mixed method assessment of interprofessional collaborative practice. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice. 8, 34-41.  
  • 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) International 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