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
My research integrates the EcoJustice Education theoretical paradigm that focuses on the premise that the social and cultural crisis is inextricably related to the ecological crisis. I described this in my teaching section - if we culturally disregard the more than human others as "less than" or inferior, we will not treat them with respect and will disregard their needs and that will lead to a major disaster in health. In addition, health is much more than the absence of disease located in an individual body and this novel and unique idea relates to the EcoJustice Education theoretical paradigm as it supports a resistance to the dominant discourses that degrade the ecology and eventually degrade human health (defined as much more than the absence of disease).
I am currently working on a chapter in a book that focuses on Wendell Berry and his writings on health and community.
I am also writing articles that support this new idea of health as holism.
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.