Following the Clinical Leaders: Lynn Kelso

Posted: February 2, 2017

Lynn Kelso, MSN, APRN, FCCM, FAANP, assistant professor, teaches the academically rigorous Pathophysiology/Pharmacology course to BSN students and is a clinical instructor for their first major clinical experience in the hospital. They couldn’t be in better hands.

In 1995, Kelso was a nurse practitioner on the care team in the liver transplant unit at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center when she earned acute care credentials, one of the first practitioners in the country to do so.

Just a year later, she was recruited by the University of Kentucky and joined the College of Nursing faculty to help design and coordinate the state’s first acute care program for nurse practitioners and to continue her practice in acute care clinical practice at UK HealthCare®. She’s now a provider on the care team in the UK Department of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine.

Kelso currently holds the designated council seat for Nursing in the prestigious Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), the world’s largest nonprofit medical organization for the promotion of excellence in the practice of critical care and the only organization representing all professional components of the critical care team. Her growing body of published work includes the high-acuity chapter in the textbook taught in academic nursing programs across the country. She was also recognized by the University of Kentucky with the Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching.

In her classroom and by her example, Kelso offers students an exciting, up-close look at what their own future could look like as nursing leaders. “The research we do in the undergraduate program, the experiences these students are getting and the clinical faculty members they’re exposed to—they’re really getting a flavor of what’s possible for them as nurses throughout the entire program.