Welcome to the first podcast of My Nursing Education. In these podcasts, we will explore the path to becoming a registered nurse and advancing one’s career to become a researcher, academic, nurse practitioner,  and always a leader.

Today, I have two guests with me. Kathryn Records is the PhD Director at UMSL College of Nursing and conducts intervention research to improve the health of women and their newborns. Most of her research focuses on the health of women prior to and during pregnancy and considers how experiences such as abuse, obesity, and depression affect outcomes for the woman and her child at birth and across the first year of life. Her research has significantly advanced the science of maternal-newborn/infant health outcomes during pregnancy and postpartum. The clinical relevance of her work is exemplified by her development of a postpartum depression curriculum that has been implemented in two Southwestern sites serving primarily Spanish-speaking Latinas for the past eight years.

Also joining me is Laura Kinsting. Laura joined the UMSL College of Nursing in 2016 as the MSN/DNP Program Director. She has been a practicing pediatric emergency department advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) in St. Louis for over 25 years and a pediatric nurse for over 30 years. In addition to teaching, she continues to practice in the Mercy Children’s Hospital-St. Louis emergency department. In 2015, she was the Director of the Institute for Emergency Nurses Advanced Practice (Emergency Nurses Association). Currently, she is the President of the St. Louis Chapter of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, an active member of the St. Louis Chapter of the Emergency Nurses Association, and an active member of the St. Louis Nurses in Advanced Practice group.

I hope you enjoy the podcast.