DR. KIRSTEN TURKINGTON, FNP-C
Nurse Practitioner * Life Care Planner * Consultant * Educator * Advocate
I’m thrilled you’re here! Please take a moment to explore my professional website. You will find details on my background, experience, skills, and much more.
I am a Registered Nurse first and always. I am also a certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Life Care Planner, Certified Forensic Nurse, Advocate, and experienced educator.
My strong work ethic, detail-oriented approach, and laser focus gets the job done correctly and systematically.
Balance is paramount in my professional practice. When I am not seeing patients, teaching a course, or consulting on cases, I spend time with my family and four rescue dogs, enjoying the great outdoors.
If you want to learn more about me or collaborate, please reach out.
I am a third generation registered nurse, with a professional passion and personal determination. My passion and determination are supported by my knowledge, skills, training and experience.
As a nurse, I am also an expert clinician with a diverse skill set. I am dedicated to improving clinical outcomes.
Registered Nurses diagnose and treat human responses to illness by virtue of their professional licensure. Frequently, this requirement is also a professional mandate based on state nurse practice acts.
I utilize my extensive background in a variety of complex and catastrophic conditions. My professional process is individualized, methodologically sound, and encompasses a full spectrum of human conditions and responses.
I apply the Nursing Process on a daily basis. The Nursing Process is a systematic and sequential guide to client-centered care. This methodology is consistently applied in clinical settings, case consultations, and educating professionals inside healthcare and beyond.
I also offer client case management and advocacy services such as:
Special education planning
School IEP team meetings
Medical interdisciplinary team meetings
Discharge planning sessions
Disability and Independent Medical Evaluations observations
Keep exploring my site to learn more information about me, and reach out directly with any questions.
Roles & Responsibilities
I am defined by a lifetime of learning, healing, and educating others. A summary of my background is listed below. Please reach out for additional questions.
Licensed * Certified * Multistate
A registered nurse (RN) is a licensed provider who has graduated from an accredited nursing program. The RN has met the requirements outlined by a state, licensing body to obtain a nursing license. An RN's scope of practice is determined by legislation, and is regulated by a professional body or council. Certification is the formal process by which a certifying agency, such as American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the Board of Certification of Emergency Nurses (BCEN), validates a nurse's knowledge, skills, and abilities in a defined role and clinical area of practice, based on predetermined standards. Multistate refers to the Nurse Licensure Compact agreement providing RNs the ability to practice in states outside their borders, teaching online and facilitating care in national disasters.
FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER
Board Certified, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Nurse Practitioners are licensed, independent practitioners. A nurse practitioner (NP) is an advanced practice registered nurse, practicing under their own licensure. NPs are trained to assess patient needs, order and interpret diagnostic and laboratory tests, diagnose disease, formulate and prescribe treatment plans. The use of terms such as “mid-level provider” and “physician extender” in reference to nurse practitioners (NPs) individually or to an aggregate inclusive of NPs is inaccurate and misleading.
DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE
Clinical Practice Doctorate * Outcomes * Evaluation
The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (DNP) is a practice focused, terminal degree in nursing. Doctoral programs in nursing and other practice disciplines can be categorized into two distinct types: research-focused and practice-focused.
The term practice, specifically nursing practice, as conceptualized by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) refers to any form of nursing intervention that influences health care outcomes for individuals or populations, including the direct care of individual patients, management of care for individuals and populations, administration of nursing and health care organizations, and the development and implementation of health policy.
Preparation at the practice doctorate level includes advanced preparation in nursing, based on nursing science, and is at the highest level of nursing practice.
What distinguishes this definition of practice from others is that it includes both direct care provided to patients by individual clinicians as well as direct care policies, programs and protocols that are organized, monitored, and continuously improved upon by expert nurse clinicians.
In many institutions, advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), including Nurse Practitioners prepared in master's-degree programs that often carry a credit load equivalent to doctoral degrees in the other health professions.
DNP curricula build on traditional master's programs by providing education in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and systems leadership, among other key areas.
The DNP is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice and offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs. DNP-prepared nurses are well-equipped to fully implement the science developed by nurse researchers prepared in PhD, DNS, and other research-focused nursing doctorates.
NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Distinguished graduate, High honors
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
Master of Science in Nursing
Honors graduate. Grant recipient. Graduate capstone.
MOUNT SAINT MARY COLLEGE
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Magna Cum Laude
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Cum Laude
Dual honors graduate. Deans list. Peer tutor. Leadership role.
"Do not go where the path may lead. Instead, go where there is no path and leave a trail"