Kathleen Stacy, PhD, MS

Associate Clinical Professor

Dr. Kathleen Stacy is a Associate Clinical Professor at the University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science and formerly a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) at Palomar Medical Center. Dr. Stacy received a BS in Nursing from SUNY at Plattsburgh, an MS in Critical Care Nursing from San Diego State University, and her PhD in Nursing from University of San Diego.

Dr. Stacy has been practicing and teaching critical care nursing for more than 35 years. She has held a variety of positions, including staff nurse, clinical educator, outcomes manager, and nurse manager. As an advanced practitioner, Dr. Stacy collaborates with the health care team to facilitate the achievement of optimal outcomes for the chronically critically ill patient.

Dr. Stacy’s research interest is patient safety with a focus on alarm management and hospital-associated infections. Her initial research in the area of alarm management examined the contextual factors that influenced the nurses’ response to the alarms. Dr. Stacy is a member of the Healthcare Technology Safety Institute Clinical Alarms Steering Committee. Dr. Stacy’s initial research on hospital-associated infections examined nursing practices’ in the management of central lines. She has also conducted research on end-of-life issues.

Dr. Stacy is an active member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and has participated on numerous committees, workgroups, and task forces. Most recently she was a member of the CNS Scope and Standards Task Force which was responsible for the latest revision of the AACN Scope and Standards for Acute Care Clinical Nurse Specialist Practice. Dr. Stacy has published several articles and co-authored two critical care textbooks: Critical Care Nursing: Diagnosis and Management and Priorities in Critical Care Nursing.


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