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Tonia Kennedy, EdD, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN-K

Director, MSN Programs | Assessment Coordinator for Graduate Programs | Professor of Nursing


  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing Informatics, Chamberlain University, 2017
  • Doctor of Education, Argosy University-Phoenix, 2012
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Liberty University, 2004
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Liberty University, 1995


Dr. Kennedy has multiple years of combined nursing experience at the bedside, classroom, and online teaching at Liberty University School of Nursing. Dr. Kennedy began her nursing career in the Medical ICU and finished her bedside career in the Surgical Trauma ICU. She has an interest in critical care nursing and remains certified as a critical nurse. She has taught across all programs and currently teaches in the graduate program overseeing the DNP practicum courses. In addition, Dr. Kennedy is certified in nursing informatics and brings this knowledge to online courses dealing with this topic in the MSN and DNP programs.

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • American Nursing Informatics Association
  • National League for Nursing
  • Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Sigma Theta Tau: Psi Delta Chapter

Courses Taught

  • NURS 417: Crisis Nursing
  • NURS 460: Advanced Strategies for Adult Health Care
  • NURS 465: Advanced Strategies for the Critically Ill
  • NURS 466: Advanced Critical Care II
  • NURS 630: Nursing Informatics Capstone
  • NURS 718: Informatics, Tech & Trends
  • NURS 840: DNP Practicum I
  • NURS 841: DNP Practicum II
  • NURS 842: DNP Practicum III
  • NURS 843: DNP Practicum IV
  • NURS 844: DNP Practicum V


  • Kaiafas, K & Kennedy, T. (2021). Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer cultural competency training to improve the quality of care: An evidence-based practice project. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 47(4), 654 – 660. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jen.2020.12.007
  • DePolo, M. & Kennedy, T. (2021, November). No One Dies Alone  – A Unique Volunteer Program. Journal of Christian Nursing: doi: 10.1097/CNJ.000000000000091.

Research Interests

  • Nursing Informatics
  • Critical Care Nursing
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