Kristi Wilson, PhD, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, CAFCI
Educational Background - I am a diploma graduate (RN diploma) from Hurley School of Nursing in 1986, went on to complete my BSN at UMFLint in the RN-BSN program (graduated in 1989), then on to MSU for my MSN/family practice nurse practitioner certification (graduated in 2001), then on to EMU for my PhD in educational studies with a concentration in nursing education (graduated in 2017).
I have been practicing as a nurse since 1987 in the areas of oncology, general medical surgical nursing, in and out surgery, physician recruitment and support, quality assurance, home care, nursing administration of a busy medical surgical unit, trauma outreach, clinical instructor and assistant faculty (lecture). I have been practicing as a nurse practitioner since 2001 in the areas of family practice, post surgical (bariatric surgery), functional/integrative medicine and have my own acupuncture practice.
I was at the School of nursing as a faculty member from 2005-2010, then back here in 2015 (I missed it too much here at UMFlint!)
I love to be in the setting with students. My role is that of a mediator and facilitator and strive for a mutual relationship with the students. What I mean by mutual is that I do not feel superior to the students, but learn as much from them as they from me. I use the Socratic method of questioning when students are ready to apply information to specific "cases" or scenarios to further cement learning.
One of my main goals is to help students (i.e., future nurses) understand that they are not separate from anyone or anything else. In other words, that they are just as much a part of or a member of the environment as human and more than human entities (such as trees, water, air, soil). This perspective is different than the dominant perspective held in nursing and this new focus helps us to understand that human health is not separate from environmental health. We saw this during the Flint river crisis - if we poison the river through disrespect and lack of honor as an important member of this earth and our community, we poison ourselves.
RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP
I have a chapter in the text "Pedagogy of Responsibility: Wendell Berry for EcoJustice Education" (Martusewicz, 2018). The chapter is entitled, "Health as Holism." It details my PhD Dissertation and connects health to a holistic view including the environment.
I am working on research projects including the assessment of communication in acute care settings, building of communities including senior mentoring in the clinical arena, women and cardiac conditions (and how the health care system holds powerful assumptions toward women with supposed heart issues), and community obesity.
In order to live what I love (i.e., fighting for the connection of human beings to members of the community - human and more than human), I put this idea into practice in helping to rehabilitate feral cats. I have rehabbed over 40 cats in the county of Genesee and am happy to say that all but one acclimated well with human beings.
I also serve on the Executive Committee at UMFlint SON and am Chairperson of the Curriculum Committee.