Dr. Carole Kenner is the Chief Executive Officer, Council of International Neonatal Nurses, Inc. (COINN) and Carol Kuser Loser Dean & Professor at The College of New Jersey School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science. Dr. Kenner received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati, and both a Master of Science in neonatal/perinatal nursing and doctorate with a minor in higher education from Indiana University. She has served as a mentor for nurses through Sigma Theta Tau International, and for new deans and assistant deans through the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She has authored more than 100 journal articles and 35 textbooks.
Her career is dedicated to nursing education and to the health of neonates and their families. Her dedication includes providing a healthcare standard for educating neonatal nurses nationally and internationally. Her professional achievements include:
- Founder of the Journal Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews.
- Serves on the Consensus Committee of Neonatal Intensive Care Design Standards, which sets recommendations for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit designs, the Gravens Infant and Family Centered Developmental Care Task Force creating standards and competencies, the Nursing Advisory Committee for the March of Dimes, and the INC Leadership Team.
- She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), a fellow in the National Academies of Practice, and Academy of Nursing Education Fellow, past president of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) and founding President of the Council of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN), the first international organization representing neonatal nursing.
- Dr. Kenner is the 2011 recipient of the Sigma Theta Tau Audrey Hepburn Award for Contributions to the Health and Welfare of Children internationally.