Keith Carter


Keith Carter, BSN, RN, is pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) at Rush University College of Nursing, Chicago, IL. He is in his third year of the program and anticipated graduation is August 2022. His DNP scholarly clinical project is to implement an educational module, which includes evidenced- based de-escalation and milieu management strategies to improve restraint and de-escalation practices, on a community hospital psychiatric unit on Chicago’s South Side. 

Mr. Carter’s passion for addressing mental illness, specifically within the African American community is profound. He works actively to further understand the African American experience with mental illness and help guide future clinical implications to increase culturally sensitive care. His long-term goal is to eradicate health disparities and stigma associated with mental illness in the African American community. Mr. Carter also puts efforts towards understanding the complexity of working with traumatized youth in the community. His research aims to better support and train providers who work with these children.

Mr. Carter graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2017, becoming the first African American male recipient of the Caroline F. Rupert Nursing Award, which honors outstanding work during the four years of undergraduate study in nursing and is awarded to one student as determined by university faculty. He then began his career at Rush University Medical Center, working as a child psychiatric RN. He provides individualized care to children with emotional and behavioral disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and learning disabilities. He also works at UChicago Ingalls Memorial Hospital on an inpatient psychiatric unit providing care to a range of acutely ill patients. 

Mr. Carter is a member of the American Nurses Association and the Midwest Nursing Research Society. He is excited and grateful to have the opportunity to join the Minority Fellowship Program.