Karen S. Kesten, Director

AACN Certification Corporation Board
July 2011 – June 2014


Karen S. Kesten, RN, DNP, APRN, CCRN, CNS, PCCN, CCNS, serves a three-year term as a director on the AACN Certification Corporation board from July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2014.

Kesten is associate professor and program director 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, Md., from 2004 to 2006 and held an academic position at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., from 1982 to 1988.

She held clinical appointments between 1974 and 2011 with Adventist Healthcare’s Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Rockville, Md.; 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.

Kesten received a Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions Certificate and a doctor of nursing practice degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2009. She earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the 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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