Jonas IV Nurse Leader Scholar Alumni

Kristina Ennis, DNP, RN

University of Missouri-Columbia

Kristina Ennis completed her DNP-FNP at the University of Missouri. She previously studied Microbiology for five years, but when her Mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, she took a break from school to help with her treatment, and it was at this time she decided to pursue a nursing degree. Dr. Ennis has worked in an inpatient cancer unit for the past 3 1/2 years. Breast cancer patients are her research and clinical practice interest area. She grew up in a very rural community, and therefore, has always had a passion for working in rural health. As a DNP, Dr. Ennis plans to work in a rural health clinic. She believes rural individuals are often forgotten and do not have adequate access when it comes to healthcare. It is important to provide competent, high quality care to all individuals, including those in a rural setting. Rural individuals are diagnosed at later stages and have less access to treatment. She would like to volunteer time as part of a mobile screening team that goes into rural settings to provide free cancer screening to these populations. Dr. Ennis also works as a clinical instructor. She has a passion for teaching and believes it is important to provide each student with the knowledge and opportunity to succeed, and would like to instruct at a nursing school upon graduation.