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Kimberly Fenstermacher, Ph.D., C.R.N.P.


  • BSN, Boston University (1982)
  • MS, Pennsylvania State University (2004)
  • PhD, Pennsylvania State University (2011)


  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner


  • Application of Nursing Research (MS in Nursing)
  • Management for Quality Improvement in Heath Care Systems (DNP)
  • Clinical Residency I and II (DNP)
  • DNP Scholarly Project: Implementation
    DNP Scholarly Project: Evaluation and Dissemination
  • Theoretical Basis for Role Development for Advanced Practice Nurses
    (MS in Nursing)

Research Interests

  • Perinatal bereavement
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Nursing theory
  • Quality and patient safety
  • Evidence-based practice


  • Outstanding Manuscript, 2014 Annual Collaborative EBP/Research Conference, York, PA
  • Excellence in Nursing Research Award from Eta Eta Chapter of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, 2013.
  • Pre-Doctoral Fellowship National Research Service Award from NIH/NINR, 2009 to 2011
    Funding for Research: Perinatal Loss and Bereavement in Non-Hispanic Black Adolescents
  • Outstanding Podium Presentation, 2013 Annual Collaborative EBP/Research Conference, York, PA

Recent Publications

  • Fenstermacher, K. (2014) Enduring to gain new perspective: A grounded theory study of the experience of perinatal bereavement in black adolescents. Research in Nursing and Health Journal.
  • Fenstermacher, K. & Hupcey, JE. (2013). Perinatal bereavement: A principle-based concept analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing.
  • Hupcey, J. E., Penrod, J., & Fenstermacher, K. (2009). A model for palliative care for heart failure. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine.
  • Hupcey, J., Fenstermacher, K., Kitko, L. & Penrod, J. (2010). Achieving medical stability: Wives’ experiences with heart failure. Clinical Nursing Research.
  • Hupcey, J. E., Fenstermacher, K., Kitko, L., & Fogg, J. (2011). Palliative needs of spousal caregivers of patients with heart failure followed at specialized heart failure centers. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing.

Recent Presentations

  • Pedagogical Strategies for Teaching EBP and Translation of Research to Baccalaureate Nursing Students and Practicing Nurses. presented with Dr. Linda Pugh at Eastern Nursing Research Society, Boston, MA, 2013.
  • Nursing Essentials for Transforming Healthcare: Education, Evidence, Ethics, and Engagement (keynote presentation) at the 13th Annual Touching the Future of Children Conference, Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. 2013.
  • The Experience of Perinatal Bereavement in Black Adolescents at the Council for Advancing Nursing Science, Washington, DC. 2012.


  • Reviewer, Journal of Advanced Nursing


  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Member
  • Eastern Nursing Research Society, Member
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