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School of Nursing Staff - Rachel Kinder

Dr. Rachel Kinder, PhD, RN

Dr. Rachel Kinder, PhD, RN

Associate Professor

Office:  Medical Center Health Science Complex
Phone:  270-745-3599


Dr. Kinder earned an Associate of Science in Nursing in 1982 and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1985 at Western Kentucky University. As a student, she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nurses. Dr. Kinder earned her Master of Science in Nursing in Adult Health: Acute Critical Care in 1992 at Vanderbilt University and her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science at Vanderbilt University in 2008. Her doctoral dissertation was the “Development and Validation of the Student Activation Measure.”

                Dr. Kinder worked for four years at Greenview Regional Hospital on the medical, surgical and CCU/ICU units. She then worked for 12 years at Vanderbilt University Medical Center: 9 years in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit which was a Level I Trauma Center and a Transplant Center and 3 years as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Plastic Surgery Service for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Kinder has been teaching at Western Kentucky University for 13 years; she currently teaches High Acuity Nursing in the prelicensure program, and Nursing Research and Health Promotion and Teaching in the RN to BSN program. Dr. Kinder has also taught Fundamentals of Nursing, Pathophysiology, Medical-Surgical Nursing I and II.

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