David Keepnews

Dr. David Keepnews
Professor and Health Policy Faculty; Interim Chair, Acute and Chronic Care Community
Foggy Bottom Campus
1919 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Suite 500
Washington, District Of Columbia 20006
United States
[email protected]

David Keepnews, PhD, JD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, is a professor of nursing and health policy faculty. Dr. Keepnews most recently was dean, professor and endowed chair at the Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn School of Nursing at Long Island University, Brooklyn. Dr. Keepnews has served in policy-related staff leadership positions at the American Nurses Association, California Nurses Association and the New York Academy of Medicine and in volunteer leadership positions for several nursing organizations, including six years on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Nursing. An alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows program, Dr. Keepnews served as editor-in-chief of Policy, Politics and Nursing Practice, a scholarly journal, for a decade. He holds degrees in nursing, public health, law and social policy and has spoken, presented and consulted widely on a broad range of issues related to nursing and health policy.


  • Excelsior College, School of Nursing – Master of Science, Clinical Systems Management track (2008)
  • Brandeis University, Heller Graduate School – Doctor of Philosophy, Social Policy (2002)
    • Health Policy concentration
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law – Juris Doctor (1988)
  • University of California, School of Public Health – Master of Public Health (1986)
  • University of San Francisco, School of Nursing – Bachelor of Science in Nursing, cum laude (1982)


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • Keepnews, D.M. (2016). Developing a policy brief. Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice, 17(22): 61-65.

  • Philbin, G. & Keepnews, D.M. (2014). Edward L. Bernays and nursing’s code of ethics: An unexplored history. Nursing History Review, 22: 144-158.

  • Keepnews, D.M. & Yannaco, T. (2013). Mandatory. influenza vaccination for nurses and other health care workers; Implications for health policy and practice [Abstract]. Eastern Nursing Research Society 25th Annual Scientific Sessions Abstracts; April 17-19, 2013. Nursing Research, 62(2): E1-E118.

  • Mason, D.J., Keepnews, D.M., Murray, E. & Holmberg, J. (2012). The representation of health professionals on governing boards of health care organizations in New York City. Journal of Urban Health, 90(5): 888-901.

  • Keepnews, D.M. (2011). Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health issues and nursing: Moving toward an agenda. Advances in Nursing Science, 34(2), 163-70.

  • Keepnews, D.M., Brewer, C.S., Kovner, C.T. & Shin, J.H. (2010). Generational differences among newly licensed registered nurses. Nursing Outlook, 58(3): 155-63.

  • Skillman, S.M., Palazzo, L., Hart , L.G., & Keepnews, D.M. (2010). The characteristics of registered nurses whose licenses expire: why they leave nursing and implications for retention and re-entry. Nursing Economic$, 28(3): 181-189.

  • Welton, J.M. & Keepnews, D.M. (2007). Occupational mix adjustment: a risky plan. American Journal of Nursing, 107(7): 70-72.

  • Skillman, S.S., Palazzo, L., Keepnews, D.M. & Hart, L.G. (2006). Characteristics of registered nurses in rural vs. urban areas: Implications for strategies to alleviate nursing shortages in the United States. Journal of Rural Health, 22(2): 151-157.

  • Keepnews, D.M. (2004). Using patient satisfaction data to improve home health care. Journal for Healthcare Quality, 26(3): 4-9.

  • Keepnews, D.M., Capitman, J.A., & Rosati, R. (2004). Measuring patient-level clinical outcomes of home health care. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 36(1): 79-85.

  • Keepnews, D.M. & Mitchell, P.H. (2003). Health systems’ accountability for patient safety. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 8(3).

  • Foley, M.E., Keepnews, D.M., & Worthington, K. (2001). Identifying and using tools for reducing risks to patients and workers: a nursing perspective. Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement, 27(9): 494-9.

  • Keepnews, D.M. (2000) A systems approach to health care error. American Journal of Nursing, 100(6): 77-8.

  • Keepnews, D.M. (1999). The scope of managed care liability. In Altman, S., Reinhardt, U .& Shactman, D. (Editors), Regulating Managed Care: Theory, Practice and Future Options. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

  • Keepnews, D.M. & Marullo, G. (1996). Policy imperatives for nursing in an era of health care restructuring. Nursing Administration Quarterly 20(3): 19-31.

Non Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters and Books

  • Keepnews, D.M. (2018). The law, the courts and the advanced practice registered nurse. In L.A. Joel (Editor), Advanced Practice Nursing, 4th Edition .Philadelphia: FA Davis. (Chapters in previous editions: 2013, 2009, 2003).

  • Keepnews, D.M. & Betts. V.T. (2016). Nursing and the courts: A strategy for shaping public policy. In D. Mason, F.H. Outlaw, B. Gardner, & E. O’Grady (Eds.),  Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care, 7th Edition. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders (Chapters in prior editions: 1998, 2002, 2006, 2011).

  • Chinn, P., Eliason, M., Keepnews, D.M. & Oppenheim, K. (2016). Improving LGBTQ Health:   Nursing Policy Can Make a Difference. In D. Mason, F.H. Outlaw, B. Gardner, & E. O’Grady (Eds.),  Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care, 7th Edition. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders

  • Keepnews, D.M. (2013). Satisfaction measurement. In E. Capezuti, G. Siegler, & M.D. Mezey,. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Elder Care (3rd Edition) New York: Springer. (Chapter in previous edition: 2007).

  • Keepnews, D.M. (2011). Lobbying. In H.E. Feldman, et al. (Eds.), Nursing Leadership: A Concise Encyclopedia, 2nd  Edition. New  York: Springer.

  • Keepnews, D.M. (2011). Political action committees. In H.E. Feldman, et al. (Eds.), Nursing Leadership: A Concise Encyclopedia, 2nd  Edition. New  York: Springer.

  • Sullivan-Marx, E.M. & Keepnews, D.M. (2010). Systems of payment for advanced practice nurses In M.D. Mezey, D.O. McGivern, & E.M. Sullivan-Marx (Eds.), Nurse Practitioners: The Evolution and Future of Advanced Practice, 5th Edition. New York: Springer.

  • Keepnews, D.M. (2007). Health policy. In H.E. Feldman, et al. (Eds.), Nursing Leadership: A Concise Encyclopedia. New York: Springer.

  • Volland, P.J. & Keepnews, D.M. (2005). Social work practice in generalized and specialized hospitals. In B. Berkman & S. D’Ambruoso, (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging. New York: Oxford University Press

  • Abood, S. & Keepnews, D.M. (2002). Understanding Payment for Advanced Practice Nursing Services Vol. 2: Fraud and Abuse. Washington, DC: American Nurses Publishing

  • Abood, S. & Keepnews, D.M. (2000). Understanding Payment for Advanced Practice Nursing Services Vol. 1: Medicare Reimbursement. Washington, DC: American Nurses Publishing.

Non Peer-reviewed Journal Articles, Commentaries and Editorials

  • Keepnews, D.M. (2017) Globalizing health policy. (Guest editorial). International Nursing Review, 64(4), 457-9.
  • Redline, S., Baker-Goodwin, S., Bakker, J., Epstein, M., Hanes, S., Hanson, M., Harrington, Z., Johnston, J.C., Kapur, V., Keepnews, D.M., Kontos, E., Lowe, A., Owens, J., Page, K., & Rothstein, N. (2016). Patient partnerships transforming sleep medicine research and clinical care: Perspectives from the Sleep Apnea Patient-Centered Outcomes Network. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 12(7): 1053-58.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (2014). Medicaid expansion and the victims of partisanship. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 14(1).
  • Keepnews, D.M. (2012). Health policy, politics and partisanship. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 13(3): 183.
  • Keepnews D.M. (2012). Protecting and expanding Medicaid. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 13(2): 71.
  • Keepnews D.M. (2012). FTC Scrutiny of health professions regulation. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 13(1): 3-4.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (2011). A powerful example of history’s lessons for today. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 12(4): 195-6.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (2011) Canada's Insite decision: a victory for public health. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 12(3): 131-2.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (2011) LGBT health issues and nursing. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice 12(2): 71-2.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (2011). No "race to the bottom" on health care coverage. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 12(1), 3
  • Mason, D. & Keepnews, D.M. (2011). Implementing health care reform: a nursing perspective. Nursing Outlook, 59(1): 57-8.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (2010). Moving toward the goals of health reform. (Guest Editorial). Journal of Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 23(4): 203-4.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (2010). More than just another report on nursing. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 11(3): 171-2.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (2010). Implementing health reform and moving past “turf wars”. Politics, & Nursing Practice, 11(2): 87-8.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (2010). Protecting nurses’ role as patient advocate. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 11(1): 3-4.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (2009). Building nursing workforce capacity—staying on course. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 10(4): 239.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (2009). Remembering one of nursing’s giants—John F Garde, CRNA, FAAN (1935-2009). Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 10(3): 179.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (2009). U.S. health reform: A continuing imperative. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 10(2): 5-6.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (2009). Welcome news in the Sentosa nurses case. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 10(1): 92-93.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (2008). Rereading ratios. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 9(3): 140-142.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (2008). Nursing workforce policy in 2008 and beyond. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 9(1): 5-6.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (2007). Meeting the challenge of health reform. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 8(3): 156-7.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (2007). The Sentosa nurses case. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 8(2): 80-2.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (2007). Compounding tragedy. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 8(1):5-6.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (2006). Nursing intensity and hospital payment. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 7(4): 237-9.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (2006). Losing ground on health care coverage: Time to get back to health reform? Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 7(3): 161-163.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (2006). Bringing nursing leadership to shaping state policy: an Interview with Virginia Trotter Betts. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 7(3): 208 – 215.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (2005). Health policy—a nursing specialty? Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice, 6(4): 275-6.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (2006). Scope of Practice Redux? Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 7(2): 84- 86.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (2006). A fresh approach to an old issue. Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice, 7(1): 4-6.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (2005). Reading from ratios. Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice, 6(3), 165.
  • Keepnews, D.M. & Berliner, H.S. (2005). The changing roles of nursing assistants and aides. Perspectives on Work, 9(2): 43-5.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (2005). Policy perspectives of major nursing organizations, Part II. Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice, 6(3): 246-264.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (2005). Policy perspectives of major nursing organizations, Part I. Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice, 6 (2): 109-126.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (1998). ANA examines privatization, for-profit conversions. American Journal of Nursing, 98(6): 69.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (1998). Welfare reform and health care. American Journal of Nursing, 98(3): 55- 56.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (1998). The National Sample Survey of RNs: what does it tell us? The American Nurse, 30(3): 10.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (1998). New opportunities and challenges for APRNs. American Journal of Nursing, 98(1): 62-64.
  • Peterson, C., & Keepnews, D.M. (1997). Quality and staffing issues dominate the ANA agenda. American Journal of Nursing, 97(2), 53-54.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (1997). Is health care regulation really dead? American Journal of Nursing,97(1): 66-7.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (1997). Does APRN:MD = UAP:RN? The American Nurse, 29(4):7, 9.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (1996). Emerging issues in licensure and regulation. American Journal of Nursing, 96(10): 66-7
  • Keepnews, D.M. & Stanley, S. (1996). Managed care and nursing’s principles. The American Nurse, 28(9): 5
  • Keepnews, D.M. (1996). Nurse staffing and the problem of lack of data. The American Nurse,28(2):6
  • Keepnews, D.M. (1996). ANA challenges Pew Health Professions' findings. The American Nurse, 28(1), 3.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (1995). Pew recommendations: what they mean for nursing. The American Nurse, 27(8), 2.
  • Vanderbilt, M. W. & Keepnews, D.M. (1995). Nurses denounce proposed cuts, changes in Medicare, Medicaid. The American Nurse, 27(8), 1, 3.
  • Keepnews, D.M. (1995). State Medicaid waivers: issues for nursing. The American Nurse, 27(3), 16- 18.