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Irena Kenneley, PhD, APRN-BC,CIC, FAPIC
Associate Professor
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio

Irena L. Kenneley, PhD, APRN-BC, CIC, FAPIC, is an associate professor and faculty development director at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University.

The recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Kenneley is one of the few researchers who deeply understands potential complications and the rigor necessary to conduct infection prevention research on healthcare-associated infections with real world results.  She was a past chair of APIC’s research committee, member of the communications committee.  She has also served as the Home Care section chair. Dr. Kenneley is a member of many other professional organizations including Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, the Midwest Nursing Research Society, National League of Nurses and the Ohio Nurses Association and APIC.

Dr. Kenneley’s expertise and her sustained scholarly efforts in infection prevention have been recognized and patient safety efforts have been improved in a variety of ways. First, she has been asked to serve on a number of important patient safety special projects, the AHRQ Patient Safety Initiative; CAUTI Prevention in LTC and as a consultant for the Ohio Department of Health/CDC/ APIC: Ebola Readiness for Treatment and Access Hospitals in Ohio. These activities are evidence of the contributions and ongoing effort to provide both process and outcome data to improve infection prevention efforts and ultimately patient safety.

Dr. Kenneley is passionate about promoting infection prevention, patient safety, relevant research, and educating the next generation of infection preventionists.