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Carolyn Kleman - UNCW Faculty

Dr. Carolyn Kleman

Assistant Professor

"Having a BSN will make a nurse more marketable and open more opportunities for advancement."

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. – Kent State University, 2017
  • MHA – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1993
  • BSN – University of Maryland, 1987

Career Highlights:


Kleman, C. (2107). A path analysis of trust in nurses, social support, patient self-advocacy, psychological distress, and physical symptoms in patients with chronic heart failure (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from Ohio Link ETD. (150513325871688).

Ross, R.& Kleman, C. (2017). Health Defined: Objectives for promotion and prevention. In C. L. Edelman, E. C. Kudzma, & C. L. Mandle (Eds.), Health Promotion throughout the lifespan (9th ed.) (pp.1-2 1). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.

Vermeersch, P. E. H., Sampsel, D., & Kleman, C. (2015). Acceptability and usability of a telepresence robot for geriatric primary care: A pilot. Geriatric Nursing, 36(6), 234-238.

Ross, R., Kleman, C., Jittapirom, P., & Stidham, A. W. (2014). Path models of physical symptoms, emotional support, self-esteem, and depressive symptoms in HIV-positive perinatal women in Thailand. Journal of Clinical Research in HIV AIDS and Prevention, 2(1), 12-26. doi:10.14302/issn.2324-7339.jcrhap-12-147.

Ross, R., Stidham, A. W., Saenyakul, P., & Kleman, C. (2014). The construct validity of the CES-D among HIV-infected perinatal Thai women: Exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis. Journal of Clinical Research in HIV AIDS and Prevention, 2(1), 35-51. doi:10.14302/issn.2324-7339.jcrhap-12-158.

McIntyre, K. & Kleman, C. C. (1994). Measuring customer satisfaction. In C. P. McLaughlin, & A. D. Kaluzny (Eds.), Continuous Quality Improvement in Health Care (pp. 102-121). Gaithersburg, MD: Aspen.


  • Critical care nurse in CCU and trauma OR
  • Director of CCU
  • Taught Health Policy and Critical Care Staff Development
  • Research in patient self-management of heart failure
  • Which online degree program(s) do you teach?

    RN to BSN, MSN Nurse Educator

  • Which class do you teach online?

    NSG 398: Health Policy

  • What types of work/projects can students expect in your online course?

    Discussion boards, written papers, group work.

  • What do you want students to learn in these courses?

    I would like students to become more familiar with the policy process and with their potential to influence policy.

  • What is the value of a BSN for current, working nurses?

    Having a BSN will make a nurse more marketable and open more opportunities for advancement.

  • What advice would you give to people considering an online nursing program?

    Be patient with yourself, be diligent, communicate with your instructor and get started!

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