Jonas V Veterans Healthcare Scholar

Kristen Myers, MPH, MSN, RN, CIC, CNE

University of Missouri-Kansas City
PhD Student

Kristen is currently pursuing a PhD in nursing through the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her research interest is in public health, specifically vaccinations and communicable diseases. Her dissertation will focus on using implementation science to optimize maternal Tdap and influenza vaccination programs in obstetrical and family practice. Specifically, she is exploring organizational and health system barriers to maternal vaccinations within practices. The ultimate goal of her research is to improve maternal vaccination rates and decrease infant morbidity and mortality from influenza and pertussis in the United States. Kristen received her BSN in 2005 from Grand View University, followed by an MPH in 2012 from Des Moines University, and an MSN with nurse educator specialization in 2015 from Graceland University. Upon graduation from Graceland, she received the Higdon Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice, Scholarship, Clinical, and Leadership. She is board certified in both infection prevention and control (CIC) and nursing education (CNE). Kristen spent the first part of her nursing career working in public health and infection prevention and control. Since 2012, Kristen has been working in academia, first as a clinical instructor, and now as a full-time assistant professor of nursing. She teaches community health for both the undergraduate BSN program and RN to BSN program at Grand View University. She is also part-time faculty for Des Moines University and Graceland University, teaching online in their MPH and MSN programs, respectively. Kristen looks forward to continuing her scientific research career after her doctoral preparation is complete.