Dea J. Kent DNP, RN, NP-C, CWOCN

Director, Nurse Practitioner Program, Indiana University Kokomo

In a career spanning 32 years, Dr. Dea Kent has innovated clinical programs and has served as a mentor to many nurses. She is a well-published author, including books and peer-reviewed studies and articles, and is a frequently invited speaker at nursing, quality and leadership conferences. Her doctoral focus of decreasing amputations in diabetic patients by increasing the incidence of foot screening in primary care was integrated in some primary care practices at a large healthcare network in central Indiana, and that work has sustained and has resulted in an improvement in this dimension of care in those practices. She is a translator, frequently involved in developing and disseminating evidence-based practice solutions for nurses and other healthcare leaders. Dr. Kent is a JWOCN Section Editor for Wounds, and serves as President-Elect of the WOCN Society, assuming role of President at the end of this conference. She has practiced as a board certified Nurse Practitioner for 16 years, and is currently the Director of the Nurse Practitioner Program at Indiana University-Kokomo, Indiana.