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Kelly Nestor

Kelly Nestor is a doctoral student in our health policy concentration. Prior to becoming a nurse, Kelly completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Upon graduation, she relocated to London, England where she worked as a reinsurance broker at Lloyd’s of London for several years.  Returning to the United States she enrolled at Villanova University in southeastern Pennsylvania earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  Her clinical experience in both adult and pediatric critical care, heart transplantation and hospice lead her back to Villanova University where she completed her Master’s in Science in Nursing as an Adult Nurse Practitioner.   Kelly joined a small Internal Medicine practice and focused her efforts on the care of older Americans in skilled nursing and long term care communities.

Currently Kelly is full time faculty in the Villanova University College of Nursing in both graduate and undergraduate divisions.  She teaches both didactic and clinical nurse practitioner courses, health policy as well as health care and the law in conjunction with the Villanova Law School.  In 2014 she was honored to receive an Independence Blue Cross Foundation award for Excellence in Geriatric Education and Practice Award. She enthusiastically works to raise the profile and professional status of advanced practice nurses in Pennsylvania as well as nationally.
Kelly has presented at regional, national and international conferences on both nursing education topics and the political participation of registered nurses.  Pursuing her PhD in nursing and health policy at The University of New Mexico is the culmination of her studies to date.  ​