Catherine F. Kane, PhD, RN, FAAN
Virginia Nurses Association
Catherine F. Kane’s focus on nursing care for the seriously mentally ill spans some 30 years. As associate professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, she has shepherded hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students through courses, original research and capstone projects. Through her publications and funded research, she has informed the larger nursing community on multiple avenues for partnering with the seriously mentally ill on their journey to recovery and has generated new knowledge for patients and families with serious mental health conditions.
At UVA she chaired the Department of Family, Community and Mental Health Systems for 13 years, leading the development of web-based graduate education for rural nurses. Her clinical background of community mental health nursing, working with the seriously mentally ill and their families, and interest in rural problems of service delivery has proved invaluable. She modifi ed psychiatric assertive community treatment, incorporating teams of advanced practice registered nurses and consumer peer providers, to address the inordinately high morbidity and mortality rates in the seriously mentally ill population. Her publications address these issues, as well as clinical intervention programming.
In 1995, Kane was honored with fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing where sheis a member of the Psychiatric Mental Health and Substance Abuse Expert Panel and recently co-chaired a task force to write and publish the Essentials of Psychiatric Nursing for Registered Nurses. As a member of the ANA, Kane chaired the Virginia Council of Psychiatric Nurses for 10 years. She was ANA’s representative to the Joint Commission’s Behavioral Professional Technical Advisory Committee and the second nurse to chair that committee. She currently co-chairs the task force revising the ANA Scope and Standards of Psychiatric Nursing. She has been honored
by the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing with the Psychiatric Nursing Education Award and the Melva Jo Hendrix Lectureship.