Chris Nelson, BSN, RN is a recent graduate of the University of Washington – Bothell’s nursing program and has moved to Denmark to begin both a Masters of Public Health and a Masters of Circumpolar Health and Wellbeing in the fall of 2013. His eventual goal is a PhD in Nursing Science with an emphasis on Rural and Remote Health and a circumpolar research specialty. His current research involves Registered Nurses at nursing stations in Greenland, specifically the expanded nursing scope of practice necessary in isolated Arctic settlements.
He is currently serving as the elected Student Member of the Board of Directors of the American Society for Circumpolar Health for 2013-2016, and recently attended the 15th International Congress on Circumpolar Health in Fairbanks, Alaska. He served as the Student Representative to the Washington State Nurses Association Board of Directors for two years (2011-2013) while President of the Nursing Students of Washington State.
He was also on the Council of State Presidents of the National Student Nurses Association, and has been active at the state and national levels in designing initiatives to increase recent-graduate nurse retention, to promote participation of Associate Degree Nurses in RN-BSN completion programs, and to stimulate educational opportunity development for rural and remote nurses.
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