Kelly Collins MSN, RN, CNE

School of Nursing - Department of Nursing


PhD University of Phoenix

MSN University of Hawaii-Manoa

MSA Central Michigan University

BSN University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh


Areas of Expertise


Mental Health

Improvement in Education


Courses Taught

NUR 3730  Mental Health Nursing

NUR 3731  Mental Health Nursing Clinical

NUR 4710 Gerontological Nursing

NUR 3710 Evidence-Based Practice and Leadership


Professional Interests

Improving knowledge in nursing students in gerontology in an attempt to decrease negative stigmas and improve the quality of care to our oldest patients.  Improving mental health knowledge in society and the classroom to also prevent stigma and improve quality of care for patients.


Personal Interests/Biography

Golfing, swimming, shopping, going out with friends to dinner or a movie


I have been a Registered Nurse for 37 years.  I grew up in Wisconsin and joined the Army Nurse Corps after I graduated from college.  I spent about 11 years active duty and 2 ½ years in the Reserve.  I decided to stay in Hawaii when I got out of the Army and have worked mostly in mental health and gerontology for the past 20 years.  I have been teaching at HPU for 18 ½ years.  Initially I was an adjunct and taught one course and then in August 2009 I became a full-time instructor at HPU.


Presentations and Publications

I recently presented to the Global Virtual Summit on Healthcare and Management from London, England on two nursing programs and the differences found in knowledge and attitudes toward the older adult.

Have submitted my doctoral dissertation for publication in Gerontological Nursing and have been approved but have to submit some revisions for attempt at final approval.

Kelly Collins

Assistant Professor

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