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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)
  • DNP Management for Quality Improvement in Heath Care Systems
  • DNP Clinical Residency I and II
  • DNP Scholarly Project: Implementation
  • DNP Scholarly Project: Evaluation and Dissemination

Research Interests

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


  • Nightingale of Pennsylvania, Finalist for Nursing Research, 2017
  • Outstanding Manuscript, 2014 Annual Collaborative EBP/Research Conference, York, PA
  • Excellence in Nursing Research Award, Eta Eta Chapter, Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, 2013
  • Pre-Doctoral Fellowship National Research Service Award from NIH/NINR, 2009 to 2011
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Fenstermacher, K. & Adkins, C. S. “Oh Now I Get It!…Teaching Qualitative Data Analysis Using Graduate Students’ Narratives of Their Own Experiences with Fatigue”, Poster, Eastern Nursing Research Society Conference, Philadelphia, April, 2017.
  • Fenstermacher, K. & Lampo, D. A. “Obligation versus Opportunity: Qualitative Findings from a Mixed Method Study of Staff Nurse Perceptions of Peer Review:”, Podium, Eastern Nursing Research Society Conference, Philadelphia, 2017.
  • Fenstermacher, K. “Enduring to Gain New Perspective: A Qualitative Study to Describe the Experience of Perinatal Loss and Bereavement in Black Adolescents”, Podium, 20th Biennial International Perinatal Bereavement Conference (IPBC); Perinatal Loss and Infant Death Alliance, Phoenix, AZ, 2016.
  • Fenstermacher, K. “Bereavement Support for Black Adolescents after Perinatal Loss”, Podium, Eastern Nursing Research Society, Pittsburgh, 2016.


  • Reviewer, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Research in Nursing and Health


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