UT Tyler


Kleanthe Caruso, RN, MSN

Kleanthe Caruso

Title: Clinical Instructor
Department: Nursing
Building: BRB 2115
Email: kcaruso@uttyler.edu
Phone: 903.565.5616


  • BSN - University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing, Galveston, Texas
  • MSN, Administration - University of Texas Medical Branch School of Biomedical Sciences, Galveston, Texas
  • ANCC Certification - Advanced Nurse Executive, Board Certified


Courses Taught

Nursing Competencies-Level 1

Gerontological Nursing-Level 3

Leadership and Management-Level 4

Academic Awards

Houston Organization of Nurse Executives Research Award-1985

University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing Distinguished Alumnus-2000

University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing Hall of Fame, 2001

Research Interests

Outcomes Research in Nursing Administration, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2002-2004

Incidence of Infectious Diseases in Correctional Health Care Workers, John Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, 1999-2001.

Clinical Interests

Nursing Administration, Leadership and Management, Gerontological Nursing, Correctional Nursing

Volunteering to promote the profession of nursing

Texas Nurses Association-District #19-past president, currently secretary

Texas Nurses Association Board of Directors-Northern Region, 2005-2011

National Commission on Correctional Healthcare Board of Directors, 1995-2010

Teaching Philosophy:

In healthcare today, the concept of “servant leadership” has become a benchmark for engaging employees. That concept best describes my approach to teaching. I see myself as a “servant leader” whereby I serve the student needs as a conduit to new ideas and information.  At the same time, I am leading them as a coach and mentor in their learning journey. I believe my role is not to teach them but to help them learn how to learn. This gift will continue to serve them long after they leave my classes.

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