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Kathryn Farrell, EdD, MSN, RN

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Kathryn Farrell


Assistant Clinical Professor, Track Director, Quality, Safety, and Risk Management

Advanced Role MSN Department
Graduate Nursing

Kathryn (Katie) Farrell, MSN, RN, is an assistant clinical professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions and the track director of the Quality, Safety, Risk Management MSN program. Farrell received a BSN from Georgetown University and MSN in Health Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Her clinical background includes hematology/oncology and the postanesthesia care unit. Farrell worked clinically at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center in NYC and at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia. She has an extensive background working in quality, safety and performance improvement. Farrell is Six Sigma Green Belt trained. Prior to joining Drexel University, she worked as a professional practice consultant in the Penn Medicine Health System. In that role, she developed and led many quality improvement initiatives related to patient safety, patient satisfaction and staff engagement. She has published and presented at many national and local conferences on these topics.

Academic Distinctions

Farrell won the 2019 Pennsylvania Hospital Victoria Rich Transformational Leader Clinical Excellence Award. She was also the 2017 Relationship-Based Care Award winner.

Professional Society

American Organization of Nurse Executives

Selected Publications

Fredericksdorf, C., & Farrell, K. (2016). “No interruption zone” in ambulatory procedure unit to reduce medication distraction at the PYXIS. Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, 31(4), e30-e31. doi: 10.1016/j.jopan.2016.04.071.

Pearce, M., DelGuidice, M., Kinsey, A., Knight G., Cassidy, C., Farrell K., Hatfield, L. (2014). Color coding nurse uniforms. Nursing Management, 45(3), 14-20.

Reich, J., Farrell, K., Maloney, C., Drayton, D., & Johnson, T. (2017). Decreasing falls with injury rates: development of a support staff falls advocate program. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 32(2) p 40-46.

Research Interests

Patient experience, Staff Engagement, Falls reduction


Patient safety, performance improvement, nursing education, patient experience

University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA May 2011
Masters of Nursing in Health Leadership with Teaching Certificate

Georgetown University, School of Nursing and Health Studies Washington, D.C. May 2004
Bachelor of Science in Nursing