Professional Bio

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
  • M.S.N., University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
  • B.S.N., University of Illinois

My professional career spans over 35 years, including community nursing practice, consultation to community health care agencies, and academia.  Since 2004 I've been at Regis University and have been Director of the RN-BSN and MS Programs since 2011. Leading from the theory of Servant-Leadership, my aim is to empower others to become all they aspire to through the powerful avenue of being a servant to those they lead. My teaching philosophy is one of collaborative learning, influencing learners to know how to think deeply and logically while searching extant evidence to discern solutions. I have written and presented locally and nationally on my research interests which include issues of the elderly and underserved populations the learning strategy, Ignatian Pedagogy, and Ignatian values.

 

 

Clinical Certifications and Expertise

Expertise

  • Community Health
  • Leadership

Clinical Certifications

  • Colorado Registered Nurse

Professional Memberships

  • Arapahoe Community College, Certified Nurse Assistant, Advisory Board; Nursing Program, Advisory Board
  • Friends of Nursing (FON)
  • National League for Nursing (NLN), Ambassador, Nominations Committee
  • Alpha Sigma Nu
  • Nurses Christian Fellowship International
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI), Alpha Kappa At Large Chapter

 

Research & Scholarship

Research Interests 

Vulnerable population
Gerontology
Program development

Recent Publications

Spencer C,  Pennington K.  (2015). Nurses with undiagnosed hearing loss: Implications for practice. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 20(1).  DOI:  10.3912/OJIN.Vol20No01PPT02.

Suit L, Winkler P, Campbell L, Pennington K, Szutenbach MP, Haight R, Roybal D, McCollum M.  (2015). A correlation study of communication skill level and electronic social network usage among health care students.  Journal of Nursing Education. 54(4), 207-213.

Muller R, Pennington K.  (2014). Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Ignatian pedagogy model for improved learning in master’s level finance classes for nurses. Jesuit Higher Education, 3(1), 64-74.

Pennington, K., Crewell, J., Snedden, T., Mulhall, M., & Ellison, N. (2013). Ignatian pedagogy: Transforming nursing education. Jesuit Higher Education, 2(1), 34–40.

Pennington, K., Jarrett, S., & Berg, B. (2013). Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due: The RN-to-BSN Block Transfer. Nurse Educator, 38(3), 103–105. doi:10.1097/NNE.0b013e31828dc2eb

Recent Presentations

Suit L, Winkler P, Campbell L, Pennington K, Szutenbach MP, Haight R, McCollum M.  A correlation study of communication skill level and electronic social network usage among health care students.  48th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference, Western Institute of Nursing, Albuquerque, NM:  Podium/Poster.  April, 2015.

Goldwire MA, Crewell J, Pennington K, et al. Interprofessional spiritual care elective: a pilot experience. University Research and Scholarship Symposium (URSC), Regis University. Denver, CO: Platform Presentation. April, 2014

Pennington, K., Buxton, T., Carlson, R., Fricke, C., McPherson, P., Spade, C. A Case Study in Converting an Entire Program Into a Blended/Flipped Format for Technology Challenged Nursing Students. National League for Nursing. Poster. Philadelphia, PA. October 2013.

Goldwire MA, Pennington K, Crewell J, McGuire M, Roysden D, Davis A. Interprofessional Spiritual Care Elective: A Pilot Experience. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. Platform. July 15, 2013.

Goldwire, M.A., Crewell, J., Pennington, K., Davis, A., & McGuire, M.  Development of an Interprofessional Elective: A Pilot Experience. 2013 Teacher-Scholar Forum, Denver, CO. February 22, 2013.

McCollum, M., Sheridan, L.M., Pennington, K.S., Suit, L., Davis, A., Scherer, S. Assessing teaching effectiveness in an interdisciplinary environment. 2012 American Association of Colleges Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL. 2012.

Goldwire MA, Crewell J, Pennington K, et al. Interprofessional Spiritual Care Elective for Pharmacy Students, 5th Annual Evidence-Based Practice, Research and Innovation Conference. Denver, CO. November 9, 2012.

Gilbert, M., Berg, B., Jarrett, S., Pennington, K., Weber, C., & Ellison, N. Teams and Collaboration: Keys to Success of the Development of a Post-Masters Doctor of  Nursing Practice (DNP) Program, 5th National Doctors of Nursing Practice Inc. Conference, St. Louis, MO. September 19-21, 2012.

Goldwire, M.A., Crewell, J., Pennington, K., McGuire, M., Roysen, D., Davis, A.  Interprofessional Spiritual Care Elective for Pharmacy Students. 5th Annual Evidence-Based Practice, Research and Innovation Conference. Denver, CO. November 2012.

McCollum, M., Sheridan, L., Pennington, K.S., Suit, L., Davis, A.M., Scherer, S.A.  Assessing Teaching Effectiveness in an Interdisciplinary Environment. American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting, Kissimmee, FL. July 2012.

Gilbert, M., Berg, B., Jarrett, S., Pennington, K., Weber, C., & Ellison, N.  Teams and Collaboration: Keys to Success of the Development of a Post-Masters Doctor of  Nursing Practice (DNP) Program. Fifth National Doctors of Nursing Practice Inc. Conference, St. Louis, MO. September 19–21, 2012.

Mulhall, M.; Crewell,J.; Snedden, T.; & Pennington, K.  Ignation Pedagogy: Transforming Knowledge into Contemplative Action. 2012 AHNA Annual Conference presented at the meeting of the American Holistic Nurses Association, Snowbird, UT. June 2012.

Gilbert, M., Jarrett, S., Berg, B., Pennington, K., & Weber, C. Teams and Collaboration: Keys to Success of the Development of a Post-Masters Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program. American Association of Colleges of Nursing DNP Conference, Naples, FL. January 2011.

Gilbert, M., Jarrett, S., Scherer, S., Pennington, K.,  Fuller, S., Ricchetti, C., Gorman, I., & Amador, T Embracing Complexity by Advancing the Value of Faculty Practice through Interprofessional Collaboration among a College for Health Professions, an Alternative High School for Students with Special Circumstances, and a Community Based Care Agency for Underserved Populations. American Association of Colleges of Nursing Pre-Conference, Naples, FL. January 2011.

Pennington, K.; Crewell, J.; Snedden, T.; & Mulhall, M.  Ignatian Pedagogy: Transforming Nursing Education. 2011 NLN Education Summit. Podium Presentation at National League for Nurses, Orlando, FL. September 2011.

Awards and Recognition