Kim Amer PhD, RN 
Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
Positive Parent Coach

Kim Siarkowski Amer is an associate professor in the School of Nursing.  She has taught pediatric nursing, theory and research at DePaul for over twenty five years.

She has a PhD in Maternal Child Nursing from University of Illinois at Chicago. Her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing is from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana.  Prior to joining the faculty at DePaul she was a clinical nurse specialist in Pediatric Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Nutrition at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois.  She was a staff nurse at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago in the emergency room and the hematology oncology unit. Her research is focused on children and families coping with chronic illness.  

She has authored many articles focused on child and family adaptation to type 1 diabetes. She has written a work of fiction "Short Mort and the Big Bully," for children who cope with challenging situations.


In addition, she has a research focus on safety and quality in nursing and has a book entitled “Quality and Safety for Transformational Nursing: Core Competencies.”  Dr. Amer has been a director, and the only nurse, on the board of the Genentech Foundation for Growth and Development, President of the Pediatric Endocrinology Nursing Society, and she was the director of the School of Nursing at DePaul in 2011-2012.

The love and trust of a child enriches beyond any earthly treasure

Kim Amer