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Faculty and Staff Profile

Kathleen Valentine

Chief Academic Nursing Officer
Director, School of Nursing

Office: 510 Edwards Hall

Phone: 864-656-9569


Vita: View

Educational Background

PhD Program Evaluation/ Health Administration
Cornell University 1989

MSN Psychiatric Nursing
Syracuse University 1981

BS Nursing
Binghamton University 1977

Courses Taught

I have taught courses in research, nursing administration, leadership, policy and psychiatric mental health nursing


I have experience and expertise in over 25 years of nursing leadership across complex clinical and academic settings, including a focus on population health, rural sites, and diverse populations. My scholarship is focused on the study of human caring within healthcare systems and its relationship to cost, quality and satisfaction outcomes. In addition to my role at Clemson, I also hold a position as Honorary Research Professor with University of New Brunswick (UNB) to continue a funded research grant to build capacity for the re-design of New Brunswick’s services provided to the aging population in both rural and urban settings. We have made significant progress in building capacity for services for the aged within community health clinics, adult day centers and community based educational resources for family givers. Prior to joining Clemson, I have directed fiscal and clinical operations for 2 nurse managed centers at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and provided evaluation expertise to a current HRSA grant focused on inter-professional practice in primary care clinics serving vulnerable populations in rural and urban areas. I have also operated a rural clinic for families living with chronic illness and led population health initiatives.

Research Interests

My primary contributions to science are related to advancement and evaluation of health system interventions based on the science of human caring. The focus of my dissertation work in human service program evaluation was to define, measure and demonstrate the effects of caring interventions on person-centered health outcomes, cost and satisfaction. I have continued this work in various health care settings, including the Mayo Clinic. As Co-PI, I led the evaluation of a large scale systems intervention measuring quality, cost, satisfaction and caring as different models of care were implemented across multiple hospital units. Findings indicate that increased perceptions of patient caring are related to decreased cost from length of stay, reduced complications related to surgery, and increased patient satisfaction.

Research Publications

Boykin, Schoenhofer, and Valentine (2014). Health Care System Transformation for Nursing and Health Care Leaders: Implementing a Culture of Caring. Springer Publishing Company, New York.

Valentine, K. (2013). Exploration of the Relationship between Caring and Cost. Chapter in Smith, Turkel and Wolf Caring in Nursing Classics. Springer Publishing, New York.

Valentine K. (2011) Invited response to Aric S. Campling, RN, MSN chapter Implementing Change and Management Theories through Knowledge of Complexity and Caring in Nursing Informatics Practice in Nursing, Caring, and Complexity Science: For Human-Environment Well Being. Authored / Edited by: Dr. Alice Ware Davidson, Dr. Marilyn A. Ray and Dr. Marian C. Turkel. Springer Publishing Company.
Refereed Journal Articles/Posters Published

Valentine, K., Ordonez, M. and Millender, E. (2014). Transforming Practice through Embracing Caring in Nurse-Managed Centers. International Journal for Human Caring. Vol. 18, No. 3 52-64.

Valentine, K. (2014) The Dance of caring Persons Model and Healthy Work Environments. International Journal for Human Caring. Vol. 18, No. 3. 120.

Tappen, R. & Valentine, K. (2014). Building and Sustaining a Care-Based Nurse-Managed Center: Vision, Timing and Intestinal Fortitude. Pennsylvania Nurse. 64(2) 16-21.


Healthcare System Transformation for Nuring and Health Care Leaders (2014)

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