Judi Dunn DNP, RN
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Judi Dunn is the Manager for the University of Kentucky HealthCare patient education department, and the Don and Cathy Jacobs Health Education Center and Pediatric Health Education Center.  She received a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Kentucky in 2016.  Dr. Dunn has worked at UKHC for 43 years in nursing and leadership positions that involved acute care pediatrics and starting-up programs for the UKHC organization in Nursing Education and Patient and Family Education.

Dr. Dunn is an expert in nursing education, patient education, and systems development.  She developed a comprehensive nursing education program which encompassed competency assessment for the department of nursing, certifications, Nurse Re-Entry, and Preceptor workshops.  She established the organization’s first patient education department and Patient/Family Health Education Center along with a state-of-the-art Center in UK’s new patient care facility, and a Pediatric Health Education Center.  Dr. Dunn directed implementation of UK’s patient education into the electronic medical record and patient portal across the continuum of care and led the initiation of a health information technology patient engagement system across the enterprise to further engage and support patient self-management through short video clips and other tools.  Dr. Dunn created and implemented a Nurse Patient Education Certification course, consults with interdisciplinary services in developing formal patient education programs, and is currently working on writing national guidelines for patient and family education with the Health Care Education Association.

She serves on the board of HCEA and recently assisted in planning their bi-annual national conference.  She has been involved in several research studies that pair health literate resources with evidence based practice patient/family teaching and communication techniques to decrease readmissions and increase patient satisfaction.  She provides presentations to national, state, and local health care organizations. 

Contact Information

Phone: 859-323-5016

Email: judi.dunn@uky.edu



DNP, University of Kentucky, 2016
BSN, University of Kentucky, 1978


Patient advocate, evidence-based practice, nursing excellence


Dr. Judi Dunn's CV