Kathleen A. Schell, PhD, RN

Associate Professorschell
School of Nursing
391 McDowell Hall
Accepting PhD Students

Dr. Schell is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, earning her PhD from Widener University, MS in Cardiopulmonary Nursing from the University of Delaware and BSN from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her primary area of research focuses on accuracy of blood pressure measurement. She has worked with intra- and interdisciplinary teams to compare forearm and upper arm BP, ankle and upper arm BP and to explore anatomical predictors of forearm and upper arm BP differences in hospitalized individuals. Her most recent work is investigating the relationship of orthostatic hypotension and falls, nurses’ knowledge of orthostatic vital signs, and evidence to support the assessment of orthostatic vital signs in hospitalized patients. Dr. Schell has clinical expertise in medical surgical and critical care nursing.

With over 20 years in academia, Dr. Schell also participates in scholarship addressing innovative teaching in higher education. She was Director of the UD School of Nursing between 2010 and 2015. She has led curriculum change and accreditation processes. She has been involved in mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, staff nurses and advanced practice nurses in evidence-based practice and research.


  • Ph.D., Nursing Education, Widener University, 2001
  • MS in Nursing, Cardiopulmonary Track, University of Delaware, 1987
  • BSN Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1981

University of Delaware:

  • Instructor- NURS 372 Adult Health Nursing
  • Instructor- NURS 460 Transition to Professional Nursing Practice I
  • Instructor- NURS 411 Selected Aspects of Critical Care Nursing Lecture, Field Experience, Simulation Labs
  • Saylor, J., Schell, K., Mendell, M., & Graber, J., (2015). Developing a clinical competency checklist for care of patients experiencing delirium or substance withdrawal delirium: Use of a Delphi technique and expert panel. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 53 (6), 29-36. doi: 10.3928/02793695-20150526-01. (CE featured activity)
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. New Careers in Nursing, 2013.
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. New Careers in Nursing, 2012.
  • Helene Fuld Health Trust Scholarships. Endowment for Accelerated Nursing Program, 2012.
Honors and Awards


  • Top Nurse (Honorable Mention), Delaware Nurses Association/Delaware Today, 2015
  • Top Nurse, Delaware Nurses Association/Delaware Today, 2013
  • Faculty Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising (Nominated), University of Delaware, 2016