Dean Kirschling was profiled in a series featuring Campaign for Action Coalition leaders discussing their career trajectory and the lessons they've learned along the way. Read the article to learn why she decided to become a nurse, her journey to becoming an RN, and more.
While at the University of Kentucky, Dean Kirschling served on the Board of Directors of the Center for Interprofessional HealthCare Education, Research and Practice. Along with AACN past President Dr. Kathleen Long from the University of Florida, she represented AACN on the Expert Panel that developed the Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice, sponsored by the Interprofessional Education Collaborative.
Throughout her career, Dean Kirschling has received numerous awards for her accomplishments, including the Beth Wessinger Award from the Oregon Hospice Association in 1995, the Organization of Maine Nurse Executives Leadership Achievement Award in 2003, the Agnes E. Flaherty Leadership Award from the American Nurses Association-Maine in 2006, and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association’s Leading the Way Award in 2013. Dean Kirschling was co-recipient of the Kentucky Nurses Association’s Nurse of the Year Award in 2010 and received the Kentucky Nurse Practitioner Advocate of the Year in 2011. She is an alumna of Leadership Maryland (2015), the AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Fellows Program (2013), and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Executive Fellows Program (2000-03). She was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2009.
Dean Kirschling received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Viterbo College in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, and her Master of Science in Nursing and PhD degrees from the Indiana University School of Nursing.
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