Christine Ross, DNP, RN, LCCE, CBC, has been a nurse for more than 30 years in the areas of obstetrics, pediatrics, and neonatal intensive care. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Northwestern University, her Master of Science in Nursing degree at Benedictine University, and her DNP at Chamberlain College of Nursing. After receiving her BSN, she transitioned from bedside nursing to a position as a nurse recruiter, perinatal education coordinator, and allied health coordinator where she developed and implemented RN refresher classes and continuing education classes, and later, nursing faculty and simulation coordinator.
Dr. Ross is also a Lamaze Certified Prepared Childbirth Educator and Certified Breastfeeding Educator which brought her positions developing and coordinating various hospital maternity programs as well as teaching in these and other programs. She continues to teach classes at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
For the last seven years, Dr. Ross has served as a faculty member, instructing nursing students in various theory and clinical courses. Her interest in simulation in nursing led her to complete her Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in live nursing simulation and her Doctorate of Nursing in the area of virtual simulation, allowing her to implement both live and virtual nursing simulation into nursing education.
As Carthage’s new Coordinator of the Nursing Learning Labs, Dr. Ross plans to implement both live and virtual simulation in a new state-of-the-art skills lab (construction to be completed by December 2016). She will collaborate with nursing faculty to enhance their teaching with simulation. She will facilitate nursing students in learning essential nursing skills and will utilize simulation to facilitate increased safety, improved confidence, improved communication skills, and improved decision-making skills in the provision of patient care, and will equip them with strategies to assure success and fulfillment in their careers as knowledge, skills, and attitudes are aligned with those of the profession of nursing.
Simulation research points to this teaching strategy improving a nurse’s critical thinking skills as well as increasing confidence and safety. As the Affordable Care Act mandates changes to increase patient safety and improve patient outcomes, it becomes necessary to raise the bar in nursing education programs, and utilize innovative methods to meet these expectations.
Christine Ross, DNP, RN, LCCE, CBC, has been a nurse for more than 30 years in the areas of obstetrics, pediatrics, and neonatal intensive care. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Northwestern University and her Master of Science in Nursing degree at Benedictine University.
Coordinator of Nursing Learning Laboratories
- B.S.N. — Northwestern University
- M.S.N. — Benedictine University