Katy Fisher-Cunningham, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE

Assistant Professor

Professor Katy Fisher-Cunningham is a full-time faculty member at Kramer School of Nursing, teaching students in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Her clinical practice areas included Neurological Intensive Care, Medical-Surgical, and Case Management. She has been a nursing educator since 2017 and is passionate about developing teaching strategies that foster active learning and further undergraduate students’ clinical judgment. She currently serves as the President-Elect for Sigma Theta Tau International honor society for nursing.


  • 2021: PhD in Nursing – Kramer School of Nursing
  • 2019: Certified Nurse Educator, active status
  • 2017: MSN – Kramer School of Nursing
  • 2014: BSN – Kramer School of Nursing
  • 2013: AAS – Murray State College

Teaching Interest

  • Clinical Judgment
  • Teaching strategies for Nursing
  • Pharmacology
  • Neuro

Current Research/Scholarly Interest

  • Fostering clinical judgment through phenomenology
  • Teaching strategies to promote active learning
  • Benner’s “Novice to Expert” learning trajectory
  • Feminist research

Awards, Recognition, and Service

  • 2020 Sigma Theta Tau International Award for Excellence in Education
  • 2020 OCU Distinguished Achievement in Innovation of Teaching and Learning
  • 2019 OCU Student Senate Recognition Award
  • 2019 Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society – OCU Chapter
  • 2017 Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing