Kelly I. Carter, MS, RN, NE-BC
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Kelly Carter, MS, RN, NE-BC


Kelly Carter has worked for VCU Health for 25 years.  She currently serves as the Nursing Director for the Surgery-Rehab Nursing Division.  For the last 14 years, she was Nurse Manager of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Progressive Care unit at VCU Health, caring for postoperative cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery patients.  She opened one of the first dedicated total artificial heart/mechanical circulatory device units.  VCU was one of the first hospitals to implant the total artificial hearts and today, VCU remains one of the largest implanting centers for this device. For several years, Kelly has recognized the stressful nature of health care environments and that burnout crosses all disciplines in healthcare.  It was this work on the cardiothoracic unit that inspired Kelly to become interested in fostering a culture of resilience for her team, to enhance patient and staff outcomes and prevent burnout in teams


Kelly received her BSN from MCV(VCU) School of Nursing in 1989, and she received her Masters in Nursing Administration and Leadership from VCU School of Nursing in 2008.  She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Virginia Nurses Association/ANA, the Virginia Organization of Nurse Executives and Leaders, and American Association of Critical Care Nurses.  For 15 years, Kelly has served as a leader for the local chapter, Greater Richmond Area Chapter of American Association of Critical Care Nurses.  She has also served on a national committee for AACN, and she is currently a candidate for the AACN Board of Directors.