College of Health and Human Sciences
School of Nursing
Kristen Harrell graduated from WCU's BSN program and attended Walden University for her MSN. She has contributed to the nursing profession at the bedside and in a leadership role. Kristen worked on various units from medical-surgical to critical care. In her leadership role she opened a new adult intensive care unit and lead the COVID unit and neurotrauma ICU. She holds a CCRN certification, a specialty certification for nurses who provide direct care to acutely/critically ill adult patients.
Teaching interests include Medical Surgical content, Advanced Nursing and Critical Care, Nursing Leadership, Clinical, and Lab.
COVID-19 and PTSD of Healthcare Workers. Critical Care Nursing--Cardiology, Pulmonology, Patient Safety, Reducing Risks, and Delirium. Nursing Leadership--The effects of the nursing leader on nurse performance. Resiliency, Burnout, and Emotional Intelligence. Fall Prevention--The effects of patient's fear of falls and how it can contribute to a fall.