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Kathy Anselmi

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Katherine Kaby Anselmi


Clinical Professor of Nursing; Director, Nursing Accreditation

Graduate Nursing
Advanced Role MSN Department

Katherine Anselmi, JD, PhD, is clinical professor at the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Formerly, she served as assistant dean of Accreditation/Regulatory Affairs and Online Innovation; assistant dean of RN/BSN and MSN Advanced Role Programs; assistant dean of MSN, Online and RN/BSN Programs; and assistant dean of Undergraduate Nursing Programs and Clinical Compliance at Drexel University. She teaches Health Policy and Economics in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, Nursing Research, Health Policy, Nursing Ethics and created and teaches Interdisciplinary Perspectives of Health Law in the MSN programs. Anselmi is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Prior to her return to academia at Drexel, she practiced civil litigation representing survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking at the Barbara J. Hart Justice Center, a project of the Women’s Resource Center in Scranton, PA. There she relied heavily upon her nursing skills to advocate for women and children in crisis. She has also practiced in the areas of health effects, pharmaceutical defense, personal injury and family law. Currently, she serves as an Arbitrator for the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania and does pro-bono work for those in need. She is an on-site accreditation evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Anselmi also currently serves as a director on the Board of Directors for The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA).

Anselmi has practiced as a nurse practitioner primarily in the area of women’s health. She is licensed to practice nursing in Pennsylvania. She has taught doctoral, graduate and undergraduate nursing for 35 years. She is published in The Med/Surg Journal, The Nurse Practitioner Journal, Nurse Educator, Advance Online Editions for Nurses, Holistic Nursing Practice, Journal of Nursing Law and book chapters. She has presented at national conferences on accreditation, domestic violence, legal issues in nursing and higher education, clinical compliance and the Dalkon Shield mass tort case.

Academic Distinctions

  • Academic distinctions: “Outstanding Educator Award” for outstanding Education Section member by The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA) at the 35th Annual Education Conference, Boston, MA, 2017.
  • Phi Delta Kappa nominee for “Outstanding Dissertation of the Year,” University of Pennsylvania, 1994.
  • Finalist for “The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Grant in Women's Studies,” 1989.

Faculty Fellowships

The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA) Fellow

Professional Society

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
American Nurses Association (ANA)
National League for Nursing (NLN)
The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA) - Director
Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association

Selected Publications

Anselmi, K. (2020). Conflict of interest issues in the faculty role. In Mary Ellen Smith Glasgow, H. Michael Dreher and Carl Oxholm III, (Eds.), Legal issues confronting today’s nursing faculty: A case study approach. (2nd ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.

Anselmi, K. K. (2015). Protective orders and economic abuse in domestic violence: A case study. In P. J. Clements, J. Pierce-Weeks, K. E. Holt, A. P. Giardino, S. Seedat & C. Mortiere (Eds.), Intimate partner violence, domestic violence, and spousal abuse (pp. 79-95). STM Learning, St. Louis, Missouri.

Anselmi, K. K., Smith Glasgow, M. E. & Gambescia, S. (2014). Using a nursing student conduct committee to foster professionalism among nursing students. Journal of Professional Nursing, 30(6), 481-485. DOI: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2014.04.002.

Anselmi, K. K. (2012) Nurses’ liability vs employer’s vicarious liability.The Med/Surg Journal, 21(1), 45-48.

Anselmi, K. K. (2011). Domestic violence and its implications on child abuse. The Nurse Practitioner Journal, 36(11), 15-17.


Health Policy, Health Law, Family Law, Women's Health, Reproductive Health, Domestic Violence/Inter-intra Personal Violence

JD – Juris Doctor
Syracuse University College of Law
Syracuse, NY

PhD with Distinction
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

MSN, University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

BA in Psychology • BS in Nursing
Wilkes College
Wilkes-Barre, PA