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Kim Tharp-Barrie, DNP, R.N.

Kim Tharp-Barrie, DNP, RN, SANE
Vice President, Institute for Nursing
PO Box 35070
Louisville, KY 40232-5070
(502) 629-2975

Dr. Tharp-Barrie received her BA in Biology and Education from Transylvania University in 1982 and her RN from the Kentucky Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in 1983. She completed her BSN Core Curriculum in 1986 and went on to complete the MSN in 1990, both from Bellarmine College (now Bellarmine University). She completed her Doctor in Nursing Practice (DNP) at Rush University in Chicago in 2009. On February of 2012, she received Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Certification from the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs.

On April 13, 2009, Tharp-Barrie was appointed the Vice President of Norton Healthcare's Institute for Nursing. The Institute for Nursing serves nurses and other key personnel in patient care arenas. It is a collaborative initiative between Norton Healthcare and community partners to support education, personal growth and development, and alignment initiatives for nurses and patient care assistants. Priority work objectives occur in four designated areas: 1) research, 2) professional-development, 3) nursing practice, and 4) outreach.

Past positions include Vice President of Surgical Services at Norton Healthcare for seven years and a vast array of staff and charge nurse positions at Georgetown Manor Nursing Home (KY), Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital, Humana Hospital University, and Jewish Hospital (all in Louisville). Tharp-Barrie was also Assistant Vice President and COO for the Outpatient Care Center at Jewish Hospital, Vice President of Surgical Services at Jewish Hospital, and the Executive Director of Surgical Services, Vice President of Hospital Operations and the Chief Nursing Officer at Caritas Health Services. Tharp-Barrie is frequently asked to speak to civic and academic groups on lateral violence and workplace violence.

She received the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society Nursing Writing Award in 1997, was most recently honored as a finalist in 2008 and 2010 for the Medistar Award in Health Education, and was honored to be a finalist for the Most Admired Woman Award in health care in 2007, 2008, and 2009 in Today's Woman magazine.

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