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751 Rose Street, College of Nursing

Stephanie Kehler received her BSN from the University of Kentucky as a second degree students.  Her first degree was from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI in mechanical engineering.  Dr. Kehler worked as an RN in the ICU at Good Samaritan Hospital, Lexington, where she provided care to critically ill adult patients.  While an ICU nurse, she was the co-chair of the Critical Care Council form 2014-2015.  She received her PhD at the University of Kentucky in 2017.  Dr. Kehler's research was in the study of women's health during pregnancy focusing on high-risk pregnancies, mental health wellness, and inflammatory response.  She has been a clinical instructor, lecturer and simulation instructor for the College of Nursing since 2015.  Dr. Kehler is currently an instructor in the PathoPharmacology courses in the undergraduate program as well as a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator. She is the faculty advisor for the Undergraduate Nursing Activities and Advisory Council and has received several awards and honors including becoming a Jonas Scholar in 2016 and receiving the Karen Hall Sexton Scholarship Award in 2015 and 2016.

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  • PhD, University of Kentucky, 2017
  • BSN, University of Kentucky, 2013
  • BSME, Western Michigan University, 1994


  • Using simulation as a learning method
  • Helping to prepare nursing students to "think like a nurse"
  • Equipping students with a strong pathophysiology foundation to serve as the base for critical thinking.