Geriatric Nurse Research Scholar, New York University College of Nursing, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York, N.Y.
PhD, Higher Education Administration, Research and Evaluation, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
MSN, Adult Nurse Practitioner, West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va. 
Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, West Virginia University Gerontology Center
BSN, West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va.
Associate Degree, RN, West Virginia Northern Community College, Wheeling, W.Va.


  • “Infusing Cultural Competence into the Curriculum: An Innovative & Technological Approach,  Pennsylvania Higher Education Nursing Schools Association, 2016 
  • “Empowering Older Adults and Adults with Disabilities through Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Programs,” South Carolina Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging, 2015
  • Principal investigator, “Preliminary Research to Support the Strategic Partnership to Disseminate and Implement Sustainable Healthy Aging Programs in South Carolina,” South Carolina Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging, 2015
  • “Strategic Partnerships: Closing the Gap Between Evidence-Based Implementation and Sustainability for Underserved Minority Populations in South Carolina,” 2015
  • Principal investigator, Ohio Tobacco Prevention Foundation; Establish STAND Team and Promotion of Ohio Quit Line in Rural Appalachian Counties, 2007
  • Principal investigator, Ohio Tobacco Prevention Foundation; Spit It, Quit It … Dip is Disgusting!, 2006
  • Principal investigator, “The Effects of a Rapid Response Team on the Quality of Nursing Care in a Rural Community Hospital” (collaborative partner: Southeast Ohio Regional Medical Center, 2006


  • Zaccardi, S., Tennant, K., “Improving the Screening Process for Alcohol Use in the Hospital Setting,” MEDSURG Nursing, 2019
  • Tennant, K.F., “Evidenced-Based Assessment of Fatigue. Try-This: Best Practices in Nursing Care to Older Adults,” NYU College of Nursing and the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, Boltz and Greenberg, editors, 2018
  • Gregg, J., Miller, J., Tennant, K., “Nurse policy entrepreneurship in a rural community: A multiple streams approach,” The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 2018
  • Ferrell, D., Tennant, K., Foli, K., Decrane, S., Edwards, N., “Minority undergraduate nursing student success,” The Journal of Cultural Diversity, 2015
  • Tennant, K., Takacs, S., Gau, J-T., Clark, B., Russ, D., “A preliminary study of symptomatic fatigue in rural older adults,” Aging Clinical and Experimental Research, 2012
  • Tennant, K.F., “Spit It, Quit It … Dip is Disgusting: A Facilitators Guide and Program Manual,” A Spit Tobacco Prevention Program for Rural Appalachian Middle-School students, 2006
  • Tennant, K.F., “Laugh It Off: The Effect of Humor on the Well-Being of the Older Adult,” Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 1990
  • Tennant, K.F., Just for Nurses Newsletter, Ohio University Eastern Center for Educational Excellence and Nursing Continuing Education Advisory Committee, 1990

Awards & Recognition

  • Established the Institute for Global and Rural Health, Grace Ann Geibel Institute for Justice and Mercy, College of Health and Wellness, Carlow University, 2016
  • Eastern Nursing Research Society, Research Review Board, 2017-present
  • Master Trainer Certification, Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, Stanford University, 2015 
  • Professor of the Year, West Liberty University School of Nursing, 2014
  • Textbook content expert reviewer: “Reading, Understanding, and Applying Nursing Research,” F.A. Davis, 2014
  • Hartford Geriatric Nurse Scholar, selected by NYU and Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, 2009
  • International Horizon Interactive Technology Award, 2005
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Health and Human Services, Ohio University, 2001
  • Presidential Delegate to the 36th Biennial Convention, Sigma Theta Tau International, Indianapolis, Ind., 2001  

Professional Memberships 

  • Geriatric Nurse Educators Consortium
  • The Gerontological Society of America 
  • American Nurses Association
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Alpha Rho Chapter, West Virginia University
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Lambda Omega Chapter, Ohio University 
  • Ohio Nurses Association
  • National Advisory Council on World Humor
  • Nurses for Laughter
  • The Society of Nursing Professionals, Who’s Who in American Nursing
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