Karen S. Kesten
Karen S. Kesten
D.N.P., APRN, CCNS, CNE, FAAN
Program Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarly Projects
Associate Professor (Tenured)
Karen S. Kesten is director of Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Scholarly Projects and is an associate professor of nursing in the Acute and Chronic Care Community. Dr. Kesten is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and received the George Washington University 2019 Morton A. Bender Award on Excellence in Teaching. She is licensed as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, a certified Acute and Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, and a Certified Nurse Educator. Dr. Kesten served as the Director of Faculty Initiatives at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and on the APRN Clinical Training Task Force, the AACN Competency-based Education for Doctoral Prepared APRN Work Group, the Implementation of the DNP Task Force, and the Task Force on Defining the Scholarship of Academic Nursing.
Dr. Kesten was an associate professor at Georgetown University and was the program director for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist program. She played a critical role in the design, development, and launch of the graduate distance learning programs and the DNP program at Georgetown University. Dr. Kesten serves as a member of the National Task Force on Quality Nurse Practitioner Education Standards, 6th Edition: A Report of the National Task Force, an accreditation evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and as Immediate-past Chair on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Certification Corporation. Dr. Kesten’s research and publications focus on advanced nursing practice, competency-based education, and doctoral practice scholarship. Recently, she published on Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Programs, Practice Scholarship Engagement, Satisfaction and Impact of DNP-prepared nurses. In 2019, Dr. Kesten received the Nursing Outlook Excellence in Nursing Education publication award from the American Academy of Nursing for her publication on Retirements and Succession of Nursing Faculty 2016-2025.