Kathleen Fletcher is currently working as a PRN staff nurse at the Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health and as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. She maintains a hands-on role, working as a clinician, educator, and researcher in gerontology for more than 35 years. She has demonstrated a sustained commitment to improving the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the geriatric workforce. She has published extensively and exclusively in geriatrics. Kathleen demonstrates a passion for geriatric education and is much in demand as a speaker nationally at the state and local level. She is renowned for her expertise in delirium, dementia, and depression. She is plenary faculty for a HRSA Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) grant and has presented annually to interprofessional faculty scholars on delirium, comprehensive geriatric assessment, geriatric syndromes, and family caregivers. She is lead faculty in the GWEP Train the Trainer program. She received the David Butler Spirit of Caring award, the highest award by the Geriatric Advanced Practice Nurse Association, in 2017 and received the highest award given by the Virginia Nurses Association, the Nancy Vance Award for Clinical Excellence, in 2001. She was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2002.
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