Assistant Professor of Nurse Anesthesia
Nurse Scientist, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

In the operating suite, Kelly L. Wiltse Nicely not only practices her expertise as a clinical nurse anesthetist but often explores the parameters of her research and scholarship. Dr. Wiltse Nicely’s research focuses on the importance of optimizing organizational systems related to nursing and advanced practice nurses as a way to improve patient outcomes in acute care settings.


“My questions for research come from what I see clinically as a nurse anesthetist, and my research helps me be a better educator.”


  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2010
  • MSN, University of Pittsburgh , 2005
  • BSN, University of Pittsburgh , 2001