Karen S. Kesten, Director

AACN Certification Corporation Board
July 2011 – June 2015


Karen S. Kesten, DNP, APRN, CCRN, CNE, PCCN, CCNS, serves a one-year extended term as a director on the AACN Certification Corporation board from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015. She previously served a three-year term on the board from July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2014.

Kesten is director of educational innovations at American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, D.C. She also continues part-time as associate professor at Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, Washington, D.C., where she has taught since 1999.

She was director of nursing education and a critical care education specialist at Adventist Healthcare’s Washington Adventist Hospital, Takoma Park, Maryland, from 2004–2006 and held an academic position at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., from 1982–1988.

She held clinical appointments between 1974 and 2011 with Adventist Healthcare’s Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Rockville, Maryland; Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C.; St. Luke’s Texas Heart Institute, Houston; Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta; and Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston.

Kesten belongs to the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and AACN’s Greater Washington Area Chapter.

A frequent writer and presenter on clinical practice and AACN’s Healthy Work Environment Standards, she received the Competitive Faculty Research Award from Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies in 2008 and the Dean’s Research Award, University Research Fund, The Catholic University of America, in 1986. In 2013, she received the Excellence in Teaching Award from Georgetown University.

Kesten earned a Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions Certificate and a doctor of nursing practice degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2009. She received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, in 1974 and a Master of Science in nursing from The Catholic University of America, in 1980.


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