Josie Christian joined the Kinesiology and Health Sciences Department at Concordia University, St. Paul in early 2014. As the RN to BS-Nursing (Degree Completion) program coordinator she serves in both teaching and administrative roles.
Christian’s previous academic experience has included roles as a clinical instructor for a public institution, as an online RN to BSN instructor for a non-profit private institution, and as a dean of a practical nurse program at a private for-profit institution. In addition to her collegiate teaching and leadership experience, she has been a registered nurse for 21 years with a diverse practice background including staff, leadership, and consultant roles. Christian’s nursing experience has spanned both traditional and non-traditional nursing practice roles including inpatient operating room, general surgery, intensive care, outpatient asthma clinic, outpatient disease management clinic, start-up and leadership/management of a telemonitoring disease management program (including a co-patent on the technology), establishment and leadership of a managed care staff development program and team, and as an internal senior performance improvement consultant for quality and safety initiatives within a large health system.
ACADEMIC / PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS
- MSN (education emphasis) – Walden University, Minneapolis, MN, 2008
- BSN (with a biology minor) – Franciscan University of Steubenville, MN 1993
- Mini Master of the Lean Enterprise Certificate, University of St. Thomas, 2010
- Minnesota Public Health Nurse, 2008-present
- Certified Emergency Nurse Alumnus, Emergency Nurses Association, 2012-present (Certified Emergency Nurse, Emergency Nurses Association, 1996-2012)
- Critical Care Registered Nurse Alumnus, 2010-present (Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse, American Association of Critical Care Nurses 1995-2010).
- Minnesota Registered Nurse 1993-present
Reflective practice, interprofessional collaboration, professional development and continuous learning, social justice and patient advocacy including health literacy.
One of the practice roles Christian enjoyed most was her role as an internal consultant for a large health system where she facilitated creation of synergy between interprofessional team member’s quality and safety initiatives amongst ten metro and regional hospitals. Christian’s leadership engaging system-wide collaboration resulted in multiple quality and safety process and outcome measures meeting or exceeding the system’s strategic goals. In addition, in this role Christian was integral to the success of establishing electronic measurement for Meaningful Use Stage I Inpatient Quality Measures. Christian also had the privilege of serving as a performance improvement coach for the health system’s Advanced Training Program modeled after Intermountain Healthcare’s Program. As a coach, Christian supported project teams of senior leaders, middle management, and front-line health professions in the theory and its application to a quality improvement project supporting the triple aim (cost, quality, and experience).
Her most memorable service role was being a camp nurse at Camp Superkids summer asthma camp. Camp Superkids allows children with asthma the opportunity to safely participate in a traditional camp experience (through the support of a designated RN to each cabin and child) who could typically not otherwise participate in a traditional camp. During the remote tent camp-out experience in the woods, Christian was able to safely care for and support the Superkids campers diagnosed with asthma (some severe) with her nursing experience and background, and with battery operated medical and respiratory equipment, and prescribed medications.