After graduating with a B.S.N. from Adelphi University in May 1975, Kathleen Reilly’s first RN position was a staff position on a large medical/surgical unit at United Hospital in Port Chester, NY. Within a year she transferred to the Emergency Department, where she spent the next 12 years. She joined the ENA, becoming CEN certified and serving on a number of hospital committees.
She completed her M.S.N. in Nursing Administration at CNR in 1987 and accepted a position as assistant nursing care coordinator on a medical/surgical unit, also at United Hospital. Having served on the Recruitment and Retention Committee at United Hospital and finding it a challenge to plan strategies for recruitment and retention, she accepted a nurse recruiter position at St. Agnes Hospital in White Plains in 1989. She then accepted a position at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, NY, as clinical director for inpatient surgery. She was responsible for a surgical unit and an orthopedic unit.
Her interest in recruitment and retention continued, and in February 1992, she accepted a nurse recruiter position at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. In 1996 she chose to return to emergency nursing at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center as a staff RN. In July 2015, she joined the nursing faculty at CNR, welcoming the opportunity to pursue nursing education full time.
She maintains her CEN/TNCC/ACLS and BLS certifications and membership in the Transcultural Nursing Society and Sigma Theta Tau. She serves as the faculty liaison for the Student Nurses Association on campus and is fluent in Spanish. She is a member of the CNR School Advisory Board and Advocacy Forum. Prior to teaching at the college, she taught for Kaplan Educational Services and received her postgraduate certificate in nursing education in 1996.
She enjoys speaking to and encouraging students and had the honor of being the keynote speaker for the Honors Convocation at CNR in Fall 2010.