Kristine Mullen, R.N., M.S.N.
'13, M.S.N., Nursing Education
Critical Care/Med-Surg Clinical Education Coordinator
Lima Memorial Health System (LMHS), Lima, OH
A lifelong Findlay resident, Kristine Mullen says it was her clinical experience as a Lourdes student that led to her current professional success. “While attending Lourdes, I was very interested in staff development and was able to work with Lima Memorial Health System’s former educator Stephanie Spees, RN, MS, CCRN. In the end, my Lourdes education provided me with the knowledge and skills needed to present myself as a great candidate for Stephanie’s position when it became open and I was thrilled when they offered me the job!”
Her MSN cohort, friend and co-worker Amber Feighner (’13, MSN; ’00, BSN; ’98, AA, Natural Science) was instrumental in Kristine attending Lourdes. “I worked with Amber and she said ‘let’s do this.’ Initially I thought she was crazy, but look at us now! We stuck together driving to and from Toledo weekly and supported each other. I could not have done it without her.” Kristine is also grateful to her supervisor Vicki Sunderland, MSN, CCRN who exhibits “great compassion and continuously cheers me on,” as well as Lourdes nursing faculty Dr. Lynn Zajac and Dr. Deb Vargo, Director of the MSN program.
In her role as Critical Care/Med-Surg Clinical Education Coordinator at LMHS, Kristine is responsible for the education of associates throughout the hospital. She facilitates education for Competencies; arranges education of all new equipment, products and procedures; sends out Best Practice Alerts to inform the associates of changes, updates and evidence-based recommendations to ensure quality of care; and researches materials requested by staff to help support their needs.
The hospital offers Critical Care / MED / SURGVI Residency programs that are a blended learning format utilizing online modules, classroom lectures and clinical experiences. Kristine’s role is to post, interview and educate the associates in these positions. Other roles she fulfills at LMHS include Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Facilitator and an American Heart Association (AHA) Instructor.
With over 25 years of critical care experience, Kristine is also a proud member of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society. Most importantly, she still finds great satisfaction and enjoyment in her profession and job. “I love helping and caring for people – that was my reason for choosing this career. I also love to teach and enjoy researching topics and supporting the staff. My job allows me to both provide staff development education while still providing bedside nursing.”
Her prior education includes an associate’s degree in nursing from The University of Toledo and a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Ohio Northern. Kristine credits former supervisor Sherri Winegardner for inspiring her to attend graduate school. Future goals for the enthusiastic go-getter may include pursuing her doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree and teaching at the university level.
For current undergraduate and graduate nursing students, Kristine offers sage advice. “Follow your dreams. Nursing offers so many career opportunities. It is not just a job. The best nurses have the passion and desire to make the difference.”