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PhD, University of Kentucky, 2006
MSN, University of Kentucky, 1989
BSN, University of Kentucky, 1987
AD, BS, Morehead State University, 1977


Interprofessional team communication, self-efficacy, care of patients with heart failure


J. Darlene  Welsh, PhD, RN

Associate Professor

Darlene Welsh, a 2010 recipient of the University of Kentucky Great Teacher award, focuses her instruction and research on undergraduate students and new graduate nurse success. As the co-coordinator of the UK UHC/AACN Nurse Residency Program for new graduate BSN nurses, she makes significant contributions to program delivery and evaluation. Residents mentored by Dr. Welsh have established a consistent history of award-winning scholarship at the national level and have participated in funded research with interprofessional teams.

Dr. Welsh teaches critical care nursing and coordinates the senior practicum in the undergraduate program. Students in the practicum learn to function as effective team members through simulation and extensive clinical practice.

She is engaged in research and graduate student mentorship in the following focus areas: interprofessional medical error disclosure and communication, best practices for transitioning military personnel into the nursing profession, self-efficacy in nursing, and the care and education of patients with heart failure.


Welsh, J.  (2014). Self-Efficacy measurement and enhancement strategies for medical-surgical hospital nurses. MEDSURG Nursing, 23 (6), 371-377.

Lennie, T. A., Moser, D. K., Biddle, M. J., Welsh, J. , Bruckner, G. G., Thomas, D. T., Rayens, M. K., Bailey, A. L. (2013). Nutrition intervention to decrease symptoms in patients with advanced heart failure. Research in Nursing Health, 36 (2), 120-145.

Welsh, J. , Lennie, T. A., Marcinek, R. , Biddle, M. J., Abshire, D. A., Bentley, B. , Moser, D. K. (2013). Low-sodium diet self-management intervention in heart failure: pilot study results . European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 12 (1), 87-95.

Welsh, J.  (2011). Nursing students and end-of-life care: A play . Nursing Education Perspectives, 32 (6), 415-416.



Welsh, J., Weber, D.R., Jones, M., Kuperstein, J., Taylor, S.A., Conigliaro, R., Dupuis, J. (2014, May).  The PEEER model: A framework for interprofessional communication education. Kentucky League for Nursing 10th Annual Nurse Educator Conference, Kentucky League for Nursing, Louisville, KY.

Welsh, J., Conigliaro, R.L., Dupuis, J., Jones, M., Kuperstein, J., Taylor, S.A., Weber, D.R. (2013, September).  Exploring PEEER model use for interprofessional communication education. National League for Nursing 2013 Education Summit, National League for Nursing, Washington, DC.

Jones, M., Welsh, J., Weber, D., Taylor, S.A., Kuperstein, J., Kelso, L.A., Gatton, J., Conigliaro, R.L., Steckler, R., Dupuis, J. (2012, October).  The PEEER Model: An instructional model to teach interprofessional team dynamics in health profession colleges . All Together Better Health VI , Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice , Kobe, Japan.

Welsh, J., Stratton, S. (2012, May).  Student outcomes from a collaborative summer externship. Kentucky League for Nursing Annual Nurse Educator Conference, Kentucky League for Nursing, Carrollton, KY.

Dupuis, J., Ballard, J., Jones, M., Weber, D.R., Welsh, J. (2012, April).  Integrating team and patient: An instructional model (PEEER©) to teach interprofessional team dynamics in health profession colleges. 2012 Southern Group on Educational Affairs (SGEA), Lexington, KY.

Welsh, J., Weber, D.R., Ballard, J.A., Jones, M.D., Dupuis, J., Steckler, R. (2012, March).  Integrating team and patient: An instructional model to teach interprofessional team dynamics in health profession colleges. 3rd Annual Kentucky Health Literacy Summit, Kentucky Health Literacy , Lexington, KY.

Welsh, J. (2012, February).  Development and testing of a Nursing Self-Efficacy Scale. 24th Annual Conference, Southern Nursing Research Society, Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS), New Orleans, LA.

Welsh, J., Marcinek, R., Abshire, D.A., Biddle, M.J., Lennie, T.A., Bentley, B., Moser, D.K. (2009, November).  Theory-based intervention increases low-sodium diet adherence and improves health-related quality of life in patients with heart failure. Scientific Sessions 2009 , American Heart Association, Orlando, FL.

Welsh, J. (2009, May).  Theory-based intervention for low-sodium diet self-management in heart failure. University of Kentucky College of Nursing, Lexington, KY.



University of Kentucky College of Nursing MedVet to BSN Option
Project Period: July/ 1/ 2014 - June/ 30/ 2017
Total Award: $627041.00
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration

Nutrition Intervention to Reduce Symptoms in Patients with Advanced Heart Failure
Project Period: September/ 27/ 2011 - July/ 31/ 2015
Total Award: $1523306.00
Sponsor: National Institute of Nursing Research