Kathryn E. Roberts, President

AACN Board
July 2012 - June 2013


Kathryn E. Roberts, RN, MSN, CNS, CCRN, CCNS, serves a one-year term as president of the American Association of Critical-Care (AACN) board of directors from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.

She previously served as a director on the AACN board of directors from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2011, including a concurrent one-year term as a director on the AACN Certification Corporation board from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011.

A clinical nurse specialist in the pediatric intensive care unit at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) since 1998, Roberts enjoys a long career with the hospital, beginning as a nurse extern in 1990 and then working as a staff nurse in the cardiac step-down, cardiac intensive care and pediatric intensive care units. She also leads CHOP’s initiative to prevent codes outside the ICU and co-chairs the hospital’s Resuscitation Committee and co-leads its CNS group.

She left CHOP briefly to work as a nuse consultant at the Aldo Castaneda Institute for Congenital Health Disease, Genolier, Switzerland, between 1994 and 1995.

Roberts is also a clinical assistant professor at Yale University School of Nursing, New Haven, Conn.

She belongs to AACN’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, the local chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the Society of Critical Care Medicine, which honored her with its 2007 and 2009 “Presidential Citation.”

She also earned the Caroline Langstadter CNO/Senior VP Award for Excellence in Nursing from CHOP in 2012, as well as the hospital’s Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Award in 2010.

Actively involved in AACN throughout her career, Roberts served on the Evidence-based Practice Work Group and President’s Chapter Award Panel in 2009-2010.

From 2001 to 2007, she also served on the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition Work Group, Nominating Committee, AACN Pediatric Advisory Team and the CE Article Review Panel.

Roberts lectures extensively on pediatric critical care and resuscitation-related topics, has published research articles in peer-reviewed journals and authored multiple chapters in pediatric critical care nursing textbooks.

Recently, she was co-author of “Immunology and Infectious Disorders” and author of “Electrolyte and Endocrine Problems,” both chapters in “Nursing Care of the Critically Ill Child,” 3rd edition.

She is also co-author of “Development of a Pragmatic Measure for Evaluating and Optimizing Rapid Response Systems” in “Pediatrics” published online in March 2012.

She has delivered CCRN review courses as well as presentations that address professional development and patient/family issues, including “Families: Integral Team Members or Just Visiting?” “Act With Intention: Refocusing Your Professional Path” and “Red Flags in Pediatric Assessment.”

She presented “Working Together: Stronger! Bolder!” at the 28th Annual Critical Care Nursing Symposium, presented by AACN’s Albuquerque Chapter, and at Trends in Trauma and Cardiovascular Nursing, both in March 2012.

Roberts earned a Bachelor of Science (cum laude) and a Master of Science in nursing in 1991 and 1998 respectively from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.