Jonas V Nurse Leader Scholar

Kelly Calkins, MSN, RN, CCRN

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
PhD Student

I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2001) and my Masters of Science in Nursing as a Nurse Educator (2014) from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. I currently attend the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s PhD program. During my nursing career I have worked on a cardiac, pulmonary, renal floor, Intensive Care Unit, and Post Anesthesia Care Unit. I have precepted and mentored many student nurses and new employees. I have participated on numerous committees and organizations such as the Quality and Safety committee, Shared Governance, Patient Satisfaction Committee, Sigma Theta Tau, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Midwest National Research Society and the Doctoral Student Nurses Association-treasurer 2016-2017. I have also taught clinical students at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. During my career I have received numerous awards and scholarships such as the Delores Wassman Nurse Mentor Award, Willard and Margaret Blanke Scholarship, and Nurses for Wisconsin Grant. This March at the MNRS conference I presented my secondary data analysis on the effects of family member demographics and strengths on family member outcomes of patients who survived trauma. A majority of my nursing career has been in critical care and in 2011 I became certified in critical care. Over the years I have seen many patients survive their critical illness but often with numerous complications from their illness and hospitalization.  My program of research will focus on improving the long term outcomes of survivors of critical illness. I would like to specifically focus on the psychosocial outcomes.