Katherine Kunnen

Katherine Kunnen


  • Doctor of Nursing Practice/Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Michigan-Flint; May 2016
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Calvin College; May 2009
  • Parish Nurse and Parish Nurse Educator; June 2009


  • Adult

Professional experience

  • Assistant Professor, Calvin College; August 2016 - Present
  • Nursing Practitioner, Signify Health, Dallas, TX 2017 - 2019
  • Registered Nurse, Spectrum Health Blodgett, Grand Rapids, MI; December 2009 - Present

Research and scholarship

  • 2019 Principle investigator: “The perceived barriers and supports for minority students at a baccalaureate nursing program.” 
  • 2018 Principle investigator: “The effects of interprofessional collaboration and the use of theater students as simulation patients on the perceived self-efficacy, confidence, and satisfaction of the baccalaureate nursing student.” 
  • 2014 Principle investigator: “A collaborative initiative to establish postpartum depression screening in the pediatric office.” 


  • 2020 “Faith in the Vaccine Ambassadors” Interfaith Youth Core. Awarded $22,500  
  • 2019 “The Perceived Barriers and Supports for Minority Students at a Baccalaureate Nursing Program” Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship. Awarded $1,000 
  • 2017 Gold-AACN White Coat Ceremony for Nursing. Arnold P. Gold Foundation. Awarded $1,000 


  • Kunnen K. (in press). How can I practice sabbath in a profession where speed and efficiency reign? Journal of Christian Nursing.   
  • Kunnen K. (in press). Minority student perspectives in an undergraduate nursing program. Journal of Christian Nursing.  
  • Kunnen, K. (2021). The role of the faith community nurse. In D. Gillespie (Ed.), The many roles of the registered nurse. (pp. 131-146). Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 


  • 2021 Minority Student Perspectives in an Undergraduate Christian University. Calvin University. Grand Rapids, MI.  
  • 2020 Translating Med-Surg Clinical and Lab to an Online Format: Challenges, Lessons Learned, and Opportunities. Educating Nurses in an Online Environment; Lessons Learned. Daystar University School of Nursing, Nairobi, Kenya.  
  • 2019 The Effects of Interprofessional Collaboration and the Use of Theater Students on the Perceived Self-efficacy, Confidence, and Satisfaction of Baccalaureate Nursing Students. Calvin University. Grand Rapids, MI.

Professional services

  • Faculty Counselor, Sigma Theta Tau International - Kappa Epsilon Chapter at Large (May 2017 - Present)
  • Member of Disaster Assistance Response Team, Samaritan's Purse, Boone, NC 2016 - Present
  • Parish Nurse Educator (June 2009)

    Professional associations

    • International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning
    • Faith Community Nursing International
    • Sigma Theta Tau International - Kappa Epsilon Chapter at Large (November 2008 - Present)


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