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Kristen Childress DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, CWCN-AP

Associate Teaching Professor

I originally obtained my Masters in Nursing as an Adult/Older Adult Nurse Practitioner at the University of Washington. Upon entering practice, I had the opportunity to work in a complex geriatric and internal medicine practice. This suited me well, as my passion has always been geriatrics. However, as my desire to work in global health grew, and as I looked at how I wanted my career to develop, I became convinced that I needed to have my Family Nurse Practitioner degree to achieve my goals.

In 2007, I returned to the University of Washington to get my post-master’s certificate as an FNP. I also was part of the second DNP cohort at the UW. I subsequently became board certified as an Advanced Practice Certified Wound Care Nurse through the Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Certification Board.

I have worked in many different settings, including geriatrics/internal medicine, wound care, dialysis rounding, home care, and urgent care/emergency medicine. I participate in global health and international community development opportunities whenever possible.

I currently operate my own clinical practice, where I contract with a large organization to provide outpatient wound care. I also supervise hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments at the center.

I have been a Faculty Clinical Adviser at the UW since 2010, and I enjoy teaching many of the core clinical courses included in the DNP-FNP program. I love getting to communicate my enthusiasm for excellent patient care with students!

I am an active member of Sigma Theta Tau. I have been the Co-Chair for the West Sound Advanced Practice Association in Washington for the last 7 years, and was the Chair and a planning committee member for the Learning in the Olympics Nursing Symposium for multiple years.

I enjoy teaching and speaking outside the University, and participate in the peer-review process for a nurse practitioner journal.

What classes do you teach?

NCLIN 516, NCLIN 517, NCLIN 518, NSG 565, NCLIN 520, NCLIN 500, NCLIN 521, advising

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

I appreciate the breadth of knowledge and experience available to students and faculty within our department. It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to collaborate with people who have like interests as we work together to push the knowledge and skills in nursing practice forward. There is such an opportunity to grow professionally as I learn from my wonderful colleagues and have encouragement to grow my skills and the evidence base for my practice.


Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing

Research Areas

  • Innovative Interventions
  • Symptom Science
  • Health Equity
  • Lifespan Health

Research Centers

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