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Kae Rivers Livsey PhD, MPH, RN

Kae Livsey


College of Health and Human Sciences

School of Nursing

Contact Information

Phone: 828.654.6523
Office: 307 Biltmore Park Building
Pronouns: she hers


Prior to coming to Western Carolina University, Dr. Livsey was at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she coordinated the community health nursing course and at George Mason University, where she served as both adjunct and research faculty. Dr. Livsey received her BSN at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, her Masters' in Public Health from Emory University in Atlanta, and PhD in Nursing at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Her doctoral dissertation explored the impact of variables within the clinical learning environment which impact development of professional behaviors among undergraduate nursing students. Her program of research includes examination of applied learning techniques as well as community needs assessment in local and international settings. More recently, Dr. Livsey is exploring emerging roles for Registered Nurses in community settings, including low income senior housing communities and primary care practice settings.


  • Ph D, George Mason University, Nursing
  • MPH, Emory University, Public Health
  • BSN, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Teaching Interests

Leadership and role develop of professional nurses, community engaged applied learning, community based nursing practice, enhancing role of RNs in primary care, curriculum enhancements to support primary care focused nursing practice.

Research Interests

Community needs assessment, Professional Role Development, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL), applied learning techniques, use of standardized patients for simulation, disaster preparedness, program evaluation, community health nursing roles and return on investment of integrating RNs in primary care

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