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Kia H. Countess, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE

Kia Countess

Assistant Professor of Practice

College of Health and Human Sciences

School of Nursing

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Accomplished Nurse Educator with over 11 years of experience in systematically improving student performance, substantially strengthening curriculum strategies, and continuously combining best practices with innovative instruction to drive progress. Cultivates positive and constructive learning environments while leveraging advanced didactic training methodologies to promote subject mastery and equip students with the tools and training necessary for long-term success.<br><br>Skilled in Critical Care Nursing, Alzheimer's Care, Medical-Surgical Nursing, Nursing Education, and Communication. Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills. Strong healthcare services professional with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and designation as an NLN Certified Nurse Educator. Areas of interest include item writing, test analysis, student retention, course creation, and curriculum development.


  • DNP, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Nursing
  • MSN, Walden University, Nursing
  • BSN, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Nursing

Teaching Interests

Foundational practices in Nursing, Medical-Surgical nursing, Critical Care, Leadership and Management, Curriculum Development, Item writing, and test analysis

Research Interests

Alzheimer's care education and best practice standards for acute care nurses; Productive procrastination in study habits in undergraduate nursing students; Management of Esophinophilic Esophagitis

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