Penny Kessler, DNP, RN

Clinical Assistant Professor, Adult and Gerontological Health Cooperative

Penny Kessler

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-4008

Office Address:
6-172 Weaver-Densford Hall

Mailing Address:
School of Nursing
University of Minnesota
5-140 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Clinical Assistant Professor, Adult and Gerontological Health Cooperative

University of Minnesota, Post Masters, 2015

MS, Louisiana State University Medical Center (Nursing), 1991

BS, Southeastern Louisiana University (Nursing), 1979

PhD Student (present), University of Minnesota School of Nursing (Nursing)


An adult health nurse for 37 years with clinical experiences in ICU, PACU, Day Surgery, Nursing Education, and Oncology. Nurse Faculty since 1991. Integrative Nursing focus last few years with DNP project of "Validation of Integrative Nursing Guideline for the Omaha System (2015)". Presented DNP project at the 1st International Integrative Nursing Conference in Rejkavic, Iceland 2015. DNP minor in Integrative Therapies 2015. Member of American Holistic Nursing Association beginning 2015.


Adult Health Nursing

Nursing Education (curriculum development, clinical, skills, & didactic)

Integrative Therapies (holistic nursing)

Awards & Recognition

STTI member since 1991. Active in STTI Zeta Chapter and Faculty Counselor since 2016.

Professional Associations

Professional Memberships:

  • American Nurses Association
  • Minnesota Organization of Registered Nurses
  • Center for Spirituality and Healing
  • Sigma Theta Tau (STTI) International Nursing Honor Society, Zeta Chapter


Research Summary/Interests

Adult Health; Women's Health and Menopause; Alternative and Complementary Therapies; Graduate Nursing Curriculum and Education

Martin, Karen S., & Kessler, Penny D. (2015). The Omaha System: Improving the Quality of Practice and Decision Support (Ch. 19). In Marilyn D. Harris (Ed.) Handbook of Home Health Administration (6th ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

Development of Omaha System Intervention Library: Integrative Nursing Appendix and Metadata for Kreitzer and Koithan (2015). (First application of integrative therapies for symptom management in Omaha System).

Kessler, P, D. & Lund, C. H. (2004). Reflective Journaling: Developing an online journal for distance education. Nurse Educator, 29 (1), 20-24.


Selected Publications:

  • Kessler, P, & Lund, C. (2004). Reflective Journaling: Developing an online journal for distance education. Nurse Educator, 29 (1), 20-24.


Academic Interests and Focus

Geriatrics; Integrative Health and Healing; Medical Surgical Nursing; Nursing Education; Adult Health and Illness; Integrative Nursing and therapies


MN Foundations and Adult Health and Illness didactic, clinical, lab, and simulations.

BSN Adult Health oncology and burn lecture content, clinical on oncology/hematology unit.


Board Certifications

Registered Nurse, State of Minnesota

Clinical Interests

Adult Health; Oncology/Hematology

Clinical Experience Statement

Staff RN in Adult ICU, ER, PACU, Day Surgery, Breast Center, Medical Oncology/Hematology. Clinical Assistant Professor experienced clinical rotations with undergraduate students (BSN, MN) to cardiac, medical/surgical, oncology, transitional care units, day surgery/PACU, simulations, and skills labs. Coordinator of Adult Health and Foundations clinicals. Taught Holistic Health Assessment didactic and labs.