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School of Nursing

Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 364-8733
nrsinfo@oakland.edu
M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. closed daily 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

School of Nursing

Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 364-8733
nrsinfo@oakland.edu
M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. closed daily 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

Kelly Berishaj, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, SANE-A

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Special Instructor 
Forensic Nursing Director
2019 Human Health Building 
Phone: (248) 364-8750
berishaj@oakland.edu

Dr. Kelly Berishaj’s teaching, service, practice, and scholarship focus is in the specialty of forensic nursing. Dr. Berishaj has been a faculty member in the School of Nursing at Oakland University since 2007 and was instrumental in the development and implementation of the graduate forensic nursing program. Currently, she is the Forensic Nursing Director and a faculty mentor to graduate students. 

Education
  • DNP- Oakland University
  • MSN-Nursing Education, Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist- University of Detroit Mercy
  • BSN- Madonna University
Research Area Interests
  • Forensic Nursing
  • Professional Nursing Practice 

Research/Publications

  • Publications (Journal)
    • Berishaj, K., Buch, C., & Glembocki, M. (accepted). The impact of an educational intervention on the knowledge and beliefs of registered nurses pertaining to human trafficking. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing.
    • M., & Berishaj, K. (2016). The anatomy of human trafficking: Learning about the blues (A healthcare provider’s guide). Journal of Forensic Nursing, 12(2), 49-56.
  • Publications (Book Chapter)
    • Berishaj, K. (2016). Sexual violence. In Schuiling, K. (Eds.), Women’s gynecologic health(3rd). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett.
  • Presentations (Poster-Referred)
    • Berishaj, K., Glembocki, M.M. (2016, February). Forensic nursing: An innovative graduate nursing program. American Association of College of Nurses 2016 Master's Education Conference. Houston, TX.
    • Berishaj, K. (2015, February). Family perceptions of nursing quality in intensive care units practicing patient, family-centered care. Leaping forward: Stitching evidence into practice. University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI.
    • Berishaj, K. (2013, April). Family perceptions of nursing quality in intensive care units practicing patient, family-centered care. Sigma Theta Tau International - Theta Psi Chapter Research Day, Oakland University, Rochester, MI.
  • Presentations (Oral-Referred)
    • Berishaj, K., & Glembocki, M.M. (2017, October). Forensic nurse death investigation: Development of an academic course in death investigation. International Associate of Forensic Nurses Annual Conference-2017. Toronto, ON, Canada.
    • Berishaj, K., & Glembocki, M.M. (2017, June). Advancing professional nursing practice through the development of an innovative graduate forensic nursing program. International Conference on Nursing Science & Practice (Nursing Science - 2017): Advancement of Nursing science through research, practice, and education. Dallas, TX.
    • Berishaj, K., & Glembocki, M.M. (2015, October). Forensic nursing. ANA - Michigan 2015 Conference: Nursing...Tomorrow is Today. East Lansing, MI.
  • Presentations (Oral-Invited)
    • Berishaj, K. (2018, October). Forensic nursing: The impact on healthcare today. Professional Development Day- Troy Beaumont Hospital.  Troy, MI. 
    • Berishaj, K. (2018, May). Forensic nursing: The impact on healthcare today. Detroit Medical Center Nurses’ Week Annual Conference 2018. Detroit, MI.
    • Berishaj, K., & Diegel, R. (2018, May). Non-fatal strangulation: Education for the emergency department provider. Michigan Emergency Nurses’ Annual Conference- 2018. Mt. Pleasant, MI.
    • Berishaj, K. (2017, November). Sexual violence: A team approach. 42nd Annual Southeast Michigan Agency/Faculty Workshop: Violence and Human Trafficking Across the Lifespan. Ann Arbor, MI.
    • Berishaj, K. (2014, March). Forensic nursing: More than just CSI. Sigma Theta Tau International- Theta Psi Chapter Research Day, Oakland University, Rochester, MI.
  • Grants
    • Berishaj, K. (2016). Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation: Faculty Scholars Program (declined).
  • Other Scholarly Work
    • Berishaj, K. (Program Approved April, 2015). Master of Science- Forensic Nursing Program Proposal. Oakland University, Rochester: MI.
    • Berishaj, K. (Program Approved April, 2015). Graduate Certificate in Forensic Nursing Program Proposal. Oakland University, Rochester: MI.

Professional Affiliations

  • Academy of Forensic Nursing
  • American Academy of Forensic Science
  • American Nurses' Association
  • International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) - National and Michigan Chapter
  • Michigan Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • National League for Nursing