Associate Professor Emerita of Nursing

Dr. Keane received her BSN from Villanova University, her MSN from the University of Pennsylvania, and her EdD from Temple University. Her talents span the spectrum of faculty roles, affording her opportunities to provide leadership to the Penn community as an educator, researcher, and administrator. Dr. Keane’s passion for student advocacy has lead to her current role as Associate Dean for Academic Programs, a position she has held since 2003. Among hermany appointments within the School of Nursing, she has served as Director of the Oncology Advanced Practice Nurse and Advanced Practice Specialist programs, and developed the Tertiary Nurse Practitioner programs, one of the first acute care nurse practitioner programs in the country, utilizing her expertise with acute care nurse practitioners and advanced practice nursing. She also performs a variety of advisory committee duties, chairing of one of the University’s Internal Review Boards, which approve all studies involving human subjects, and serving as a member of the International Advisory Committee for Hebrew University’s School of Nursing in Jerusalem.

Dr. Keane’s counsel is sought both nationally and internationally, and her leadership and vision serve to continually further the advancement of the nursing profession. Most recently, she has worked to counteract the current nursing shortage and complete the School’s mission of educating the full complement of advanced practice nurses by implementing the master’s level Nurse Anesthesia program. Efforts such as these have been recognized through many awards and honors, including the Villanova University College of Nursing Medallion for Distinguished Contributions to the Profession and the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania Service to the Community Award.