Faculty & Staff SpotlightJosanne Christian

Josanne Christian - DNP, RN, PHN

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Josie Christian (DNP, RN, PHN) joined the College of Education and Science at Concordia University, St. Paul in early 2014. As the Nursing Department Chair. She serves in both administrative and faculty 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 24 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.


  • DNP, Saint Catherine University, St. Paul, MN (2017)
  • 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.