Barbara Kitchener, PhD, RN

Barbara Kitchener, PhD BSN MA RN

Assistant Professor
College of Nursing
Director - Entry Level Program, RN to BS Track

Background and Expertise

Barbara J. Kitchener, PhD, RN is an educationalist in the College of Nursing SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University since 2005. She obtained her nursing education from Seton Hall University, New York University, Medgar Evers College, and the University Hospital of the WI. Her area of research interest is spiritual care in nursing, with the philosophical perspective that in administering holistic care to their patients, nurses should be just as versed in providing spiritual care, as they are in providing care in the physical domain. Dr. Kitchener has presented her research findings on Spiritual Care among Acute Care Nurses in conferences at the local, national, and international levels.

She has served as Project Mentor in the NYU Leadership Institute for Black Nurses for 5 consecutive years; and was a recipient of The Jonas Leadership Scholarship for 2014-2016. Her clinical background is in Pediatrics, Medical-Surgical, Critical Care and Nursing Administration. During her years in academia, Dr. Kitchener maintains enthusiasm about educating nurses in the art and science of delivering truly holistic nursing care. In 2015 she was the recipient of the Feigelson Award, in recognition of her excellence in teaching, and commitment to provide instruction of the highest quality. She feels blessed for the opportunity to be serving in a position where she can support and mentor both faculty and students in their involvement and aspirations for life-long learning. 

Academic Qualifications
  • PhD, Seton Hall University
  • MS in Teaching of Nursing New York University
  • BS in Nursing, Medgar Evers College
  • Diploma in General Nursing, University Hospital of the West Indies
  • Registered Professional Nurse, State of New York
Professional Activities
  • New York State Nurses Association
  • New York University Leadership Institute for Black Nurses
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Nu Chapter
  • Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar

Department Links

College of Nursing