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Rice, R., Hunter, J., Raithel, J. A., & Kirschner, R. (2018). Innovative art therapy activities used by undergraduate student nurses with mental health patients. American Journal of Nursing Science, 7(4), 147-151.
Interview: Boivin, J. (2017, July). Frontiers in nursing education. American Nurse Today, 8-9.
Interview: Boivin, J. (2017, July). Is an accelerated nursing program for you? American Nurse Today, 10-ll.
Kirschner, R. (2015). Clinical failure. In M. J. Smith, R. Carpenter & J. J. Fitzpatrick (Eds.), Encyclopedia of nursing education. New York: Springer Publishing.
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Problem-Based Learning Principles. Journal of Professional Nursing
Core Curriculum for Radiology Nurses (3rd ed.). Chapter: Ultrasound Nursing & Interventions, Radiology Nurses Association, 2014
Kirschner, R. (2010). Contrast Media: Phlebitis Implications, US Radiology, 2(1), 27-30.
Walker, B. & Kirschner, R. (2009). Vesicant IV Therapies & Peripheral IV integrity. Journal of Vascular Nursing, 27(3), 84.
Kirschner, R., Orlowski, T. & Deyo, D. K. (2009). Meeting OR Standards in the Evolving Interventional Procedure Room and Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Journal of Radiology Nursing, 28(2), 43-50.
Kirschner, R. (2008). A Comparison of Two Educational Strategies on National Nursing Examinations: A Quantitative Study, (Dissertation Publication, November 2008).
Kirschner, R. & Baker, L. (2008). Percutaneous vascular embolization: Meeting the needs of multiple patient types. Journal of Vascular Nursing, 26(3).
Human Resource Management in Radiology, American Healthcare Radiology Administrators, 2008. Reviewer – Listed on Face Matter.
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Hogan, MA & Hill, K (2004). Pathophysiology: Reviews & Rationales (3rd Ed.)
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Kirschner, R. (1993). Diabetes in Pediatric Ambulatory Surgery Patients, Journal of Post Anesthesia Nursing,8(5), 322-326.
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Clinical Educator – Network *(Six acute care facilities, multiple satellite surgery centers & clinics)
*Originally hired to implement the CNL within the network; organizational plans changed.
Endoscopy services, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, & Interventional Radiology
Developed three-year plan for onboarding, orientation, clinical academy and professional academy
Onboarding & orientation pilot – In progress – Interventional Radiology – Osborn Campus
Collaborative processes on decision-making for three-year plan under review for discussion
Supports and develops staff within the facility/entity, including preceptors, new graduates and experienced clinicians, while acting as role model for proficient clinical practice and applications, patient safety and evidence-based practice. Supports an environment and infrastructure that promotes professional growth by serving as an education resource for clinical policy and procedures, standards of care and external agency requirements. Provides clinical leadership, establishing visibility and credibility.
Serves as a change agent and leader in the interpretation, implementation and evaluation of educational programs as related to the goals and initiatives of the organization. Participates in facility/entity, regional, and system development to ensure the standardization and consistent application of on-boarding and educational programs, which may include the preceptor program, clinical academies and clinical application implementations. Utilizes performance measures and workforce needs to drive education plans and learning strategies on a facility/entity level. Develops and implements strategic workforce learning and development services to support the achievement of workforce goals, quality initiatives and clinical practice.
Assures seamless orientation of new hires and/or transferring clinical staff by overseeing the orientation process from classroom to clinical area. Assesses, plans, implements, coordinates and facilitates on-boarding and ongoing clinical-related competencies. Assisting with ensuring clinical staff have access to requisite clinical and educational programs.
Assesses, plans, develops and delivers clinical curriculum, educational materials and developmental programs and services on a department, facility/entity, regional or system level (shared services) related to staff needs and quality and safety drivers. Incorporate evidence-based practice into all training and educational programs. Delivers learning opportunities that includes related materials for clinical and technical education while utilizing adult learning principles to deliver standardized content and materials. Facilitates learning utilizing multiple modalities appropriate to the content and the learner by adopting innovation and embracing technology to deliver on learning needs and accomplish learning goals. If/when functioning as a Nurse Planner: Responsible for all aspects of the development, implementation, evaluation, record keeping, and quality of continuing education activities reviewed. Ensures all education providing continuing nursing education hours adheres to the American Nurses Credential Center (ANCC) Accreditation Program criteria and is consistent with the operational standards of a Provider Unit.
Evaluates learning effectiveness through perceptual feedback tools, knowledge-based testing and skills assessment. Evaluates and modifies educational opportunities, as needed. Coordinates and communicates feedback from trainees to ensure training needs are met, including establishing an effective classroom environment. Tracks and follows up on the results of evaluations and provides feedback to leadership and suggests opportunities to enhance training/learning or knowledge-based programs. Coordinates, communicates, and incorporates feedback from trainees to ensure training needs are met to drive outcomes both short and long term. Establishes an effective classroom environment. Tracks and follows up on the results of evaluations. Provides feedback to leadership and suggests opportunities to enhance training/learning or knowledge-based programs and expected behavior change. Tracks and/or maintains education enrollment, attendance and completion.
Participates in unit, facility/entity or system committees and teams in an educational capacity. Participates on committees and teams that research activities regarding new clinical and technical educational programs to increase quality and standards of care for the assigned facility/entity, region and/or system. Collaborates to support facility/ entity or system teams to implement the educational components of new practice initiatives and evidence-based practice.
Chamberlain College of Nursing, Downers Grove, IL 1/2011 – 10/2019
Dean, (National) MSN Specialty & Accelerated Tracks - October 2014 – October 2019
Reports to Sr. Vice President for Chamberlain University
PROFESSOR OF NURSING
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF NURSING – MSN (2012 – 2014)
Reports to Dean, Specialty Tracks
VISITING PROFESSOR NURSING – MSN (2011 -2012)
Reports to Faculty Manager
ONLINE ADJUNCT NURSING INSTRUCTOR – MSN (2011)
Launch of vision for “learning” focus in all courses; crescendo from first week to last; academic integrity focus as one
part of the evaluation, not the determining factor for course credit
Pilots in progress in NR500, NR501, & NR505 – Preliminary data shows greater student satisfaction &
higher persistence; evaluations determine learning
Redevelopment of MSN Curriculum with Person-Centered application focus (McCormack & McCance)
Development of project management capstone for MSN degree in all tracks; Alignment of project from mid-curriculum
Creation flexible competency-based continuing education & application to academic credit within content
modules within traditional curriculum model 2017-current
Developed Concluding Graduate Experience: Academic rigor & Clinical partner problem solving/improvement
Projects (use of partner strategic plan for problem identification & EBP solution)
Developed new student-centric course framework (Best Course Ever/Sky’s the Limit); Education Track launch
March 2019 (CCNE notification)
Development of three certificate programs designed for post-baccalaureate & post-master’s: Healthcare Policy,
Nursing Leadership & Leadership Foundations - 2017-2018 (IBHE & HLC presentation)
Creation, development, initiation of faculty guiding/advising/mentoring within each MSN track; Student
engagement & Retention/Persistence improvement
Development of processes to allow BSN degree conferral within RNBSN to MSN program – 2017 (IBHE presentation)
Development RNMSN (without BSN conferral) – 2016 – current (Start to teach in Jan.2020)
Redirection of MSN Curriculum to Person-centered Focus – 2015 - 2017
Competency-based RNMSN Curriculum design, development & facilitator – 2015- 2018
Course development 2018-current / First teach July 2019
Redevelopment of MSN Specialty Track Curriculum - Focus on preparation of Clinical Partner-ready graduate –
Development & implementation of the Course Leader Role for subject matter experts
Establishment of a MSN Specialty Track Strategic Plan; ongoing, follow through & updates related to metrics
Improvement in new student orientation & new faculty orientation; annual evaluation & adjustments including
establishment of Master Instructor for focus of SMEs on education best practices
Development of system process for Visiting Professor evaluation, process improvement, & mentoring; on-boarding of
Faculty; Established year-long mentoring with key personnel interactions & teaching improvement
Collaboration for development MPH and Health Administration programs in College of Health Sciences
MSN representative on national clinical advisory board committee; specific partner focus—Cleveland Clinic,
Stanford University Medical Centers & Veterans Administration
Collaboration team on Adjustment & Update of DNP curriculum with alignment across nursing programs
IN PROCESS as of November 1: Micro-credentialing; Online BSN program; Continuing Education Provider; Establishment of Scholar & Research Center; Re-definition & Application of Competency within Traditional Curriculum; Population Health Track (teach in November); Adjustment of MSN assignments & student learning assessment – less writing intensive.
Practicum Courses – DNP Project Completion 2015 – 2019
SME Educator Track – MSN Online – Advanced Pathophysiology, Health Assessment & Pharmacology for Nurse
Educators – 2014 – 2016; Faculty 2013-2019
SME Executive Track – MSN Online – September 2013 – 2014; Faculty 2015-2019
SME Healthcare Policy Track – MSN Online – Oct 2012 – September 2013; Faculty 2013-2019
Development of NR 554 Nurse Leader & Healthcare Policy; NR 521 Theoretical Foundations of Teaching & Learning (re-development); NR 534 Healthcare Systems Management
SME Course Specific – NR 650 Healthcare Policy Practicum, NR 552 Economics in Healthcare Policy & NR553 Global Health; NR504 Leadership and Nursing Practice; NR 521 Theoretical Foundations of Teaching & Learning; NR506 Health Care Policy; NR532 Healthcare Operational Planning & Management
Chairman, Program Accreditation MSN Specialty Tracks – CCNE – 2014-2015; 2017-2018
Chairman, NLN MSN & DNP Accreditation Evaluation Committee (for change in accreditation)
Development of HLC and Illinois BHE applications for Accelerated RNMSN (not BSN) and Accelerated MSN
Development of MSN component for TN BON application for program delivery
Committee Chairman: Academic Integrity Committee & Curriculum Revision Committee 2011-2016
Committee Member: Library Committee, Problem-based learning committee, Practicum Task Force, Graduate
Curriculum Committee, Virtual Learning Research Committee, Sigma Theta Tau MSN Chp. Representative,
Evaluation Task Force for Development of 3 Ps course, Task Force on Rubric Evaluation
Other Associated Activities:
NLN accreditation site visitor (2016 – current)
Quality Matters Online Course Evaluation Training, 2013
Doctoral (EdD) Committee Member –Content Expert for student at Argosy University, Phoenix, AZ 2010- 2012
Doctoral (EdD) Committee Member – Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ 2014 – 2017
Doctoral (DNP) Committee Member – Touro University (two students), Henderson, NV, 2015-2017
Doctoral (DNP) Committee Member – Touro University, Henderson, NV, 2017 - 2019
Doctoral (DNP) Committee Member – American Sentinel University, Aurora, CO, 2016-2018; 2017 - 2019
Brookline College of Nursing, Phoenix, AZ 2011-2014
Professor of Nursing; Curriculum Coordinator & Accreditation Specialist
(Initially full-time to part-time)
Development of Online BSN, RNBSN and MSN programs
Co-Chairman of NLNAC Nursing accreditation and CCNE Nursing accreditation
SME Course Specific: All RNBSN coursework; All MSN coursework – Education & Leadership
Undergraduate ground courses: Ethics, Community, Pharmacology, Senior Capstone, Adult Health I & II
Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ (Full-time) 1999 - 2001
(Part-time) 2009 - 2012
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF NURSING / CLINICAL INSTRUCTOR – LEVEL ONE
Recruited to evaluate and direct instructional process change for entry level program specific nursing students. Authored reaccreditation of the Arizona State Board of Nursing nursing assistant certification program. Enriched course content through application of local and regional health care issues, adjusted content presentation to facilitate learning in each learning style (tactile,
auditory, and visual) and was instrumental in department process improvements.
▪ Served as the visionary behind the plan to mandate course content presentation to meet student needs by learning style.
▪ Teamed with colleagues across the campus to initiate committee to improve technology campus wide. Platform decision maker for
online education – Angel.
▪ Planned, developed and implemented a communication process between the college and local clinical resource sites leading to
a clear method for each to share successes and concerns.
▪ Level one lead faculty on writing the CCNE initial accreditation presentation moving the school from NLN accreditation to
AACN accreditation of baccalaureate programs
▪2009 – Full time adjunct faculty: Fall 2009 – 12 credits; Spring 2010 – 19 credits; Summer 2010 – 8 credits; Fall 2010 -16 credits
Undergraduate & Graduate course work; Spring 2011-19 credits; Summer 2011 – 9 credits – Course list provided upon request.
▪Mentor / Facilitator – Evidence Based Practice Proposals/Projects (~50 proposals) – List of proposals provided upon request.
Banner Desert Medical Center / Cardon Children’s Medical Center, Mesa, AZ 2002 –2011
SENIOR CLINICAL MANAGER – ANGIOGRAPHY, IMAGING NURSING SERVICES & OUTPATIENT TREATMENT AND INFUSION CENTER, ULTRASONOGRAPHY
Operations ▪ Process, System & Quality Improvements ▪ Customer Service ▪ Profit/Loss / Budgeting
Business Development ▪ Quality Assurance & Continuing Education ▪ Employee Professional Practice
Hired based on proven ability to manage and lead change within a failing organizational group toward clinical and professional practice for angiography, ultrasound, imaging nursing services and outpatient treatment and infusion center. Day-to-day operations, strategic planning of new service lines, technology, budgeting (supplies, equipment, & staff), quality assurance, employee education and competency, cost management / revenue enhancement and regulatory compliance. Responsible for a total of 55 employees; oversee 5 direct reports; including 3 supervisors, a radiology practitioner assistant and imaging quality specialist.
▪ Initiated professional practice model with an evidence based practice focus leading to all staff membership in a national
professional organization, all staff completed or studying for certification or registries, individual staff and group speaking at local
and national conferences as well as publication in referred journals and texts.
▪ Planned, developed and implemented clinical research model leading to staff presentations at the Annual Evidenced Based
Practice conference in 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010.
▪ Planned, developed and implemented RN role of Patient Care Liaison to interphase with all oncology imaging patients from
diagnosis to end of life care within the department, facility, and community. Resulted in increasing imaging patient satisfaction
and experience scores from mid-80s percent to consistently over 95 percent.
▪ Planned, developed and implemented concept of RN role for Procedure Review to complete all health profiles, prehospital
procedure education, collaborate with modality supervisors and interventional radiologists related to appropriateness of planned
outpatient visit. Resulted in decreasing procedural cancellations by 52% thereby increasing revenue with completed procedures.
▪ Planned and facilitated action research project engaging all RN staff to improve workflow. Resulted in increasing all staff
minimum skills set through cross training and competency validation with improved intra-professional communication, attitude
▪ Identified, planned, and developed RN administered nitrous oxide oxygen for pediatric procedural patients. Involved placing a
staff member on the Arizona State Board of Nursing Scope of Practice Committee to establish a practice advisory allowing RNs
administer nitrous oxide oxygen. Co-chairman of the facility implementation team. Implementation in April 2011 at Banner
Thunderbird Medical Center.
▪ Selected for and completed Banner Health Advanced Leadership program with special project related to system initiative for
evaluation and improvement of the overall corporate culture.
▪ Multiple hospital and corporate committees including System Policy Overview Team, ATU/OTC System Team, Central Line
Committee, Family Centered Care Committee, Conscious Sedation Team, etc./ Level 1 Change Agent
▪ All departments consistently maintained within Banner productivity standards within all budgets
Maricopa Community Colleges / Mesa & Scottsdale Campuses, Tempe, AZ 2001 - 2004
NURSING FACULTY – COLLEGE OF NURSING – BLOCK ONE & BLOCK TWO LEAD
Selected to oversee the development of innovative teaching processes to drive district initiatives at the campus level to promote student success and retention. Served as a key operational strategist in introducing and implementing problem based learning within the Block one core theory course and human pathophysiology course. Served as the college representative to the district office on the curriculum mapping committee. Block leader for NLN reaccreditation task force. Multiple college interdisciplinary committees most noteworthy include technology implementation in the classroom, pilot for hybrid classroom-internet course work and library services.
▪ Introduced, mentored, developed and implemented problem based human pathophysiology course content. Resulting in increase
in content retention two semesters after content presentation as measured by the HESI E2 examination.
▪ Planned, developed and implemented problem based learning in the Block one core content theory course. Ex post facto research
demonstrated statistically significant difference in those students in problem based learning on the HESI mid-curricular exam
used to determine student promotability to the second year course work.
▪ Active participant in formulating and evaluating online introductory to health care courses offered throughout the district by
by multiple colleges.
Concurrently employed at Banner Desert Medical Center in a staff nurse role assigned to PACU and Imaging nursing services.
Howard Community College, Columbia, MD 1997 - 1999
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF NURSING / CLINICAL INSTRUCTOR – FIRST & SECOND YEAR
Promoted from hospital based clinical instructor to full faculty position to evaluate and present process change options to improve integration of skills laboratory with course content within the integrated curriculum. Collaboratively worked with local healthcare leaders to obtain equipment for the college and to establish hospital based learning centers for students.
▪ Developed two options to align skills laboratory course work with classroom lecture content to more meaningfully present
materials to students. Resulted in clinical faculty and students reporting improved preparedness for clinical site education.
▪ Collaborative role in NLN reaccreditation self-study.
Concurrently employed at Montgomery General Hospital, Olney Maryland, in the CNS role assigned to the PACU.
St. Francis Hospital – West, Ewa Beach, HI 1994 – 1997
CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST – PERIOPERATIVE & POST ANESTHESIA CARE UNIT
Hired to provide staff mentoring, initiate practice level competency and role model excellent patient care and critical thinking skills; student clinical site faculty. Planned, developed and initiated facility wide sedation policy, competency & education.
Early career success in progressive management from head nurse of a 24-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit advancing to Women’s & Pediatric Care Program Supervisor at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia Pennsylvania followed by Administrator for Nursing aka Chief Nursing Officer at Rolling Hill Hospital & Medical Center in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. Part time and full time faculty positions at Philadelphia Community College, Thomas Jefferson University (Diploma & Baccalaureate) and University of Pennsylvania (Masters adjunct). Direct patient care delivery in open heart intensive care, cardiac catheterization laboratory, general operating room (circulator), neonatal intensive care, post anesthesia care unit, general older medical pediatrics and general surgical intensive care unit.