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About Noël M Kerr PhD, RN, CMSRN

Noël M. Kerr received a B.S.N. from San Jose State University in 1983 and an M.N. in Medical-Surgical Nursing from U.C.L.A. in 1991. In 2008, she received a Certificate in Health Informatics from the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She earned her PhD in Nursing at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in 2011. Prior to joining the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University in 2010, Dr. Kerr was an Assistant Professor in the Orvis School of Nursing at the University of Nevada, Reno (2006 – 2007) and a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Nursing at Bradley University in Peoria, IL (2009). From August 2008 through November 2011, she worked per diem as a Staff Nurse on the Acute Surgical unit and full-time as a Credentialed EPIC Trainer (2009 – 2010) at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL. Before pursuing the faculty role, she held Staff nurse, Research nurse, Case Management and Clinical Nurse Specialist positions in Northern and Southern California and Reno, Nevada. Dr. Kerr is a member of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN), the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS), and the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). She has led or been an active member on multiple AMSN National Task Forces and Committees and served on the AMSN Board of Directors from 2003 – 2006. Dr. Kerr also served on the Editorial Board for MEDSURG Nursing: The Journal of Adult Health from 2006 through 2011. In 2012, she received the Qualitative Research Section Dissertation Award from MNRS. In 2014 she was the recipient of a Nurse Educator Fellowship from the Illinois Board of Higher Education, and a grant to attend the Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) from AMSN.


Present Associate Professor, Illinois Wesleyan University
Present School of Nursing, Illinois Wesleyan University

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • Midwest Nursing Research Society, Qualitative Dissertation Award, 2012
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing


  • N320: Adult Health I
  • N380: Adult Health II
  • N385: Research in Nursing
  • N351: Abuse in America
  • H310/N390: Transcultural Healtcare in Hawaii