Darlene Welsh PhD, MSN, RN
Associate Professor, Assistant Dean of BSN Program Studies
Darlene Welsh, PhD, MSN, RN is currently the Assistant Dean of BSN Program Studies at the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Nursing in Lexington, Kentucky. The BSN program maintains an enrollment of nearly 1,200 pre-nursing, traditional, second-degree, and RN to BSN students. As assistant dean, Dr. Welsh directs the day to day operations of the program, supports students and faculty in their academic work, and engages in curricular and program improvements. In her teaching role, she coordinates the senior BSN practicum and teaches interprofessional students in a variety of venues. Professor Welsh earned a PhD in Educational Psychology and a Master's degree in Nursing from the University of Kentucky and has served on the CON faculty for 25 years. Along with student instruction, her professional nursing experiences include 13 years of direct nursing care of critically ill hospitalized adults, the implementation of interventions to improve care delivery in a clinical nurse specialist role, and the conduct of research.
With over $2.7 million in cumulative funding, Dr. Welsh has developed and disseminated products to optimize education and health care practices for patients and their health care providers. As a collaborator with interprofessional faculty associated with UK’s Center for Interprofessional Healthcare Education, she developed the PEEER Model of HealthCare Team Communication. The PEEER Model is used as a framework each year to cultivate collaboration and communication skills in over 600 interprofessional students in nursing, medicine, pharmacy, and other health care professions at the University of Kentucky. Internationally, health care providers can access materials via MedEdPORTAL, a provider of educational resources from the Association of American Medical Colleges to improve communication practices through the use of PEEER Model principles. Dr. Welsh also collaborated with a team of faculty and clinicians to examine and suggest best practices in medical error disclosure. As the principal investigator in NIH funded research, she created an evidence-based low-sodium diet protocol to educate patients with heart failure. In her dissertation research, Dr. Welsh generated a tool to quantify self-efficacy in nursing as method for measuring instructional outcomes in practicing nurses. She is the co-author of High Acuity Nursing (7th edition), a critical care textbook by Pearson Publishing.
Professor Welsh is a long-term collaborator with nurses from UK HealthCare Enterprise (UKHC). She served as co-director, evaluation consultant, and cohort facilitator for the UHC/AACN Nurse Residency Program from 2002-2016. The residency program earned national accreditation during her term and continues as an active UKHC program to support and educate new graduate nurses entering the workforce. Dr. Welsh is a member of the UKHC Professional Development Council and oversees the CON/UKHC summer practicum for BSN students who come to Lexington from across Kentucky and regional states for this salaried educational experience.
Phone: (859) 323-6620
Fax: (859) 323-1057
Office: 427 COLLEGE OF NURSING BUILDING
PhD, University of Kentucky, 2006
MSN, University of Kentucky, 1989
BSN, University of Kentucky, 1987
AD, BS, Morehead State University, 1977
Interprofessional team communication, self-efficacy, care of patients with heart failure