Carol Isaac MacKusick, PhD, MSN, RN, CNN
School of Nursing
Office Location: College of Health and Human Sciences Building, 356
4121 Little Savannah Road
Cullowhee, NC 28732
Areas of Expertise: Nephrology, Endocrinology, Nursing Education and NCLEX development
Areas of Research Interest: Chronic Kidney Disease, Preservation of Renal Function, Attrition and Retention Issues in New Registered Nurses
Carol Isaac MacKusick is a doctoral (PhD) alumna of Georgia State University, and received her Master's of Science in Nursing from Georgia College and State University in 1998. Her original nursing degree was from Clayton State University in 1992. Carol joined the School of Nursing faculty in August, 2012.
Carol is married and recently relocated to western North Carolina where she resides in Sapphire, North Carolina. She is currently on faculty as an assistant professor at Western Carolina University in the Traditional BSN undergraduate program. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the American Nephrology Nurses' Association, and the American Nurses Association. She was recently the recipient of a research grant to further study bullying and horizontal hostility in new registered nurses.
Carol has been active in governmental affairs related to care of the client with kidney disease, and was appointed by the Georgia Governor to be on the end-state renal disease guidance panel. More recently, she has been active in studying NCLEX licensure trends and providing guidance to newly graduated RNs on successfully completion of NCLEX-RN.