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Kae Livsey - Western Carolina University. Cullowhee, NC, US

Kae Livsey

Associate Professor | Western Carolina University


Kae Livsey's research includes applied learning techniques as well as community needs assessment in local and international settings.






April Messer and Kae Livsey | Opioid & Addiction Town Hall




Prior to coming to Western Carolina University, Dr. Livsey was at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she coordinated the community health nursing course and at George Mason University, where she served as both adjunct and research faculty. Dr. Livsey received her BSN at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, her Masters' in Public Health from Emory University in Atlanta, and PhD in Nursing at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Her doctoral dissertation explored the impact of variables within the clinical learning environment which impact development of professional behaviors among undergraduate nursing students. Her program of research includes examination of applied learning techniques as well as community needs assessment in local and international settings. More recently, Dr. Livsey is exploring emerging roles for Registered Nurses in community settings, including low income senior housing communities and primary care practice settings.

Education (3)

George Mason University: Ph.D., Nursing

Emory University: MPH, Public Health

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: BSN

Media Appearances (4)

School of Nursing will put $2.2 million grant to use by creating equity program

WCU Stories  online


“We are thrilled to be able to provide this level of support for learners to help promote their success in being admitted to, and completing their undergraduate degree in nursing at WCU,” said Kae Livsey, an associate professor serving as the program lead. In addition to financial support, participating students will receive dedicated advising, tutoring, mentoring and coaching support, she said.

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Kae Livsey named to federal advisory board on nursing education

WCU Stories  online


“This is a great honor to represent WCU at the national level and to be able to support the advancement of the nursing profession,” said Livsey about the four-year federal appointment.

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Catamounts Care Ambassadors promote positive side of preventing pandemic spread

WCU Stories  online


Many of the student ambassadors completed the university’s pandemic preparedness mini course offered earlier this summer. They were among the nearly 60 participants made up of community members, faculty and staff who learned the history of pandemics, policy and its associated implications with COVID-19, health precaution basics, civic and community engagement and how to exemplify positive behavior. The mini course was taught by Kae Livsey, associate professor and director of community relations and scholarship for the School of Nursing; Patrick Baron, assistant professor and director of the Health Sciences Program; Amy Murphy-Nugen, associate professor of social work; and Perry.

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WCU nursing students pivot to doing phone-checks on local seniors

ABC 13 News  online


“We haven't slowed down a bit. We just pivoted and went virtual,” said Kae Livsey, director of Community Relations and Scholarship for WCU’s School of Nursing and director for the RN’s in Primary Care Program.

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Articles (3)

High-impact community clinical experiences to promote health and enhance well-being of older adults

Nursing Education Perspectives


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Where Fear Begins: The Effect of a Nurse Navigator Home Visit to Decrease Distress in Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer Patients

Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship


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Use of the Creighton tool during a home visit simulation experience

Nursing Education Perspectives


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