Christine is from Corpus Christi, Texas. She graduated with a BSN from Oklahoma Baptist University. After graduating, she lived in the Philippines, her family’s home country, to research the utilization of women’s reproductive health programs, funded by a U.S. Fulbright Student grant. She has several interests: adolescent and women’s issues, cross-cultural nursing, program development, international nursing education, and health care disparities. She has worked at a hospital in Corpus Christi in the Quality Management department, focusing on performance improvement projects, and most recently, helping the hospital prepare for the Joint Commission accreditation process. This hospital experience reinforced her desire to learn about improving health care delivery at a systems level, leadership, and policy development.
She completed her post-MN DNP program at the University of Washington School of Nursing in January 2012. She accepted a position as Diversity Network Director with the Washington Center for Nursing. The Diversity Initiative is one of the recommendations of the Master Plan for Nursing Education, which was published in 2008 to address the state-wide nursing shortage. Christine is responsible for partnering with key stakeholders to promote diversity in the WA State nursing workforce. Her first task is to develop and launch an online mentoring network for racial/ethnic minority nursing students and new graduates.