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Kelly Thompson-Brazill, DNP, ACNP-BC, RN, CCRN-CSC, PCCN, FCCM


Kelly’s enthusiasm and passion for critical care nursing and improving bedside care are evident during her seminars. She received her BSN from the University of Scranton (PA) and her MSN and DNP degrees at Duke University, in Durham, NC. Kelly spent her first six years as an acute care nurse practitioner in trauma and surgical critical care at East Carolina University’s teaching hospital. Kelly has been a cardiothoracic surgery ACNP at WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh, NC, since 2008. She is also a consulting associate instructor for the Duke University School of Nursing.

Kelly is a Fellow in the American College of Critical Care Medicine (FCCM) and has spoken both regionally and nationally on a variety of acute and critical care topics and is a published author. She has received an evidenced-based practice research grant from AACN and served two terms on AACN's Advanced-Practice Work Group, as well as on the Research & Creative Abstracts Review Panel and Continuing Education Review Panel. She is an active member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), where she served on the Fundamental Critical Care Support Program Committee and as a Paragon Quality Improvement coach. In 2013, Kelly received a presidential citation for “extraordinary contributions of time, energy and resources” to the SCCM. She is a reviewer for the Journal of Emergency Nursing and served as the contributing editor for the pharmacology section of Critical Care Nurse from June 2013 through June 2016.