Kathleen Rea is an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist at the University of Virginia Medical Center. She has an active practice in adult acute and progressive care, specializing in digestive health and solid organ transplantation, staff development and quality improvement. Kathleen served for 10 years as a half-time Magnet Program Coordinator utilizing quality data to shape outcomes and improvements. She volunteers as a member of a Content Expert Panel for the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is an active member of numerous professional organizations.

Clinical Focus

Clinical and systems leadership is focused on nurse sensitive quality indicators and patient and family involvement in care.

Teaching Focus

She is a Clinical Instructor for undergraduate students and serves as a preceptor for graduate students. Innovation in undergraduate clinical education is a particular area of interest.


Journal Articles

Rea, K., Le-Jenkins, U., & Rutledge, C. (2018). A technology intervention for nurses engaged in preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infections. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 36(6), 305-313.

Quatrara, B., Rea, K., Wilkins, K., & Facteau, L. (2017). Partnering to improve outcomes: The nurse executive and the clinical nurse specialist. Nurse Leader, 15(1), 61-64.

Dierdorf, B., Elgin, K., & Rea, K. (2001). Examining Large Bore Central Line Use in Acute Care Settings. MedSurg Nursing: The Journal of Adult Health, 10(6), 313-314.