Professional Bio

Education

  • Ph.D., Nursing Education, University of Northern Colorado
  • B.S.N., Nursing, Northwestern State University

My goal as an educator is to help students apply theory to their practice settings…to help students critically think about a patient situation and use their different “ways of knowing”  (for example, empirical) to make safe and sound nursing decisions.

 

 

    Clinical Certifications and Expertise

    Clinical Certifications
    • RN License, State of Colorado
    • Basic Life Support-Provider Certification
    • Practice Specialty: Critical Care Nursing

    Professional Memberships

    • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
    • Friends of Nursing (FON)

     

    Research and Scholarship

    Research Interests

    Student Learning in a Distance Education and/or Hybrid Environment
    Teaching/Learning in Academic Settings with focus on Innovative Methods
    Use of Technology in the Learning Environment

    Recent Publications

    Carlon, S., Bennett-Woods, D., Berg, B., Claywell, L., LeDuc, K., Marcisz, N., Mulhall, M., Noteboom, T., Snedden, T., Whalen, K., Zenoni, L. (2012). The community of inquiry instrument: Validation and results in online health care disciplines. Computers & Education, 59(2), 215–221.

    Cheuvront, B., & Whalen, K. (2010). Medical-Surgical Clinical Make-up Using a Simulated Laboratory Experience. Journal Of Nursing Education, 49(9), 540. doi:10.3928/01484834-20100820-04

    Recent Presentations

    LeDuc K, Whalen K. Navigate Scenario: LearnScapes for Nursing Research: A Collaborative Pilot Study with Jones and Bartlett Learning. 27th Annual Rocky Mountain Interprofessional Research & Evidence-Based Practice Symposium, Denver, CO: Poster presentation. April 9, 2015.

    LeDuc, K., Jackson, A., Whalen, K. Navigate Scenario: LearnScapes for Nursing Research. A Collaborative Pilot Study with Jones and Bartlett Learning. Western Institute of Nursing Research Annual Conference, Seattle, WA. April 2014

    Moote, R., & Whalen, K. Thinking outside the box: Fostering academic partnerships. 4th Annual Centura Health EBP, Research and Innovation Conference, Denver, CO.  November, 2011.

    Moote, R., & Whalen, K. Thinking outside the box: Fostering academic partnerships. 4th Annual Centura Health EBP, Research and Innovation Conference, Denver, CO. November, 2011.

    Whalen, K., & Crewell, J. Clinical scholar workshop, Exempla Lutheran Medical Center, Wheat Ridge, CO, (2010, September).

    Whalen, K., Crewell, J., Fuller, S., & Jonell, J. Clinical scholar workshop, Exempla Lutheran Medical Center, Wheat Ridge, CO. September 2010.

    Awards and Recognition

    • Whalen, K., Mulhall, M., & Cheuvront, B., Nursing’s Vision for the Future: Information Technology Management Digital Plant Proposal for 12 Computer on Wheels (COWS- a cart, laptop computer, and a medication bar scanner) for the Nursing Simulation and Skills Labs, ITS Digital Plant, Regis University, $52,073, 2009. 

       

    Service to Students and University

    • Academic Advisor for all CHOICE nursing students, 2007-present
    • Wireless Laptop Task Force, 2012-present
    • D2L Advisory Committee, 2010-present
    • Co-Chair, Pre-Licensure Curriculum Committee, LHSON 2013-2015
    • University Strategic Planning Solutions Group CIS, 2013-2014
    • University Wide Technology Committee, RHCHP representative, 2010-2014
    • Chair, Faculty Development Committee, LHSON, 2010-2012
    • Clicker Task Force, 2010-2012
    • Technology Research Team, 2009-2012
    • Resource Faculty for “Clickers” 2008-2012

    Service to Profession

    • Friends of Nursing, Board Member, 2009-2015
    • South Denver EBP and Research Council Member, 2010-2012

    Service to Community

    • Centennial Area Health Education Center, Nurse Educator Selection Committee Member for the Centennial Area Health Education Center, 2009-2012
    • Project Homeless Connect, 2007, 2010-2011
    • 9 News Health Fair, 2002-present