Kelly Pretorius

2017 cohort, University of Texas at Austin
Kelly Pretorius, MPH, MSN, PNP-A/C & P/C, RN, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, is passionate about pediatric healthcare and is interested in improving the quality of care on a local and international level. She participated in medical outreach programs while at Duke University, traveling to both Honduras and Tanzania. Her specific research interests include safe sleep behaviors of parents and infants and reducing sudden infant death syndrome. She is also interested in effective health communication and is a Doctoral Fellow for the Center for Health Communications at UT Austin.

Pretorius graduated from UT Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2007 and received her Master of Science in Nursing from Duke University in 2010. She is a board certified primary care and acute care pediatric nurse practitioner. Pretorius became more interested in the healthcare system and health policy as her career advanced. She obtained her Master’s in Public Health, with an emphasis on Healthcare Management and Policy from San Diego State University in 2017.

Her career has focused on pediatrics and for the past seven years she has worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner at Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego. Prerorius is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, where she served on the San Diego Board since 2013.

Pretorius lives in Austin, Texas.