Professional Bio


  • Ph.D., Nursing Education, University of Northern Colorado
  • MN,  Adult Nursing, Louisiana University Medical Center, New Orleans
  • B.S.N., Nursing, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA

My goal as an educator is to help students apply theory to their practice settings, and get them to critically think about a patient situation and use their different “ways of knowing” (for example, empirical) to make safe and sound nursing decisions.



    Clinical Certifications and Expertise

    Clinical Certifications
    • RN License, State of Colorado
    • Basic Life Support-Provider Certification
    • Practice Specialty: Critical Care Nursing

    Professional Memberships

    • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
    • Friends of Nursing (FON)
    • Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)
    • Alpha Sigma Nu


    Research and Scholarship

    Research Interests

    • Student Learning in a Distance Education and/or Hybrid Environment
    • Teaching/Learning in Academic Settings with focus on Innovative Methods
    • Use of Technology in the Learning Environment

    Recent Publications

    Carlon, S., Bennett-Woods, D., Berg, B., Claywell, L., LeDuc, K., Marcisz, N., Mulhall, M., Noteboom, T., Snedden, T., Whalen, K., Zenoni, L. (2012). The community of inquiry instrument: Validation and results in online health care disciplines. Computers & Education, 59(2), 215–221.

    Cheuvront, B., & Whalen, K. (2010). Medical-Surgical Clinical Make-up Using a Simulated Laboratory Experience. Journal Of Nursing Education, 49(9), 540. doi:10.3928/01484834-20100820-04

    Recent Presentations

    Wang, E., & Whalen, K. Conducting a Class Debate in Evidence-Based Practice Course (Presentation): Nurse Educators Conference, Vail Colorado, July 12, 2018.

    LeDuc K, Whalen K. Navigate Scenario: LearnScapes for Nursing Research: A Collaborative Pilot Study with Jones and Bartlett Learning. 27th Annual Rocky Mountain Interprofessional Research & Evidence-Based Practice Symposium, Denver, CO: Poster presentation. April 9, 2015.

    LeDuc, K., Jackson, A., Whalen, K. Navigate Scenario: LearnScapes for Nursing Research. A Collaborative Pilot Study with Jones and Bartlett Learning. Western Institute of Nursing Research Annual Conference, Seattle, WA. April 2014.

    Awards and Recognition

    • Whalen, K., Mulhall, M., & Cheuvront, B., Nursing’s Vision for the Future: Information Technology Management Digital Plant Proposal for 12 Computer on Wheels (COWS- a cart, laptop computer, and a medication bar scanner) for the Nursing Simulation and Skills Labs, ITS Digital Plant, Regis University, $52,073, 2009. 


    Community Involvement and Service

    Service to Regis University

    • Electronic Information and Technology Accessibility Committee (2014-2017)
    • University Strategic Planning Committee: Computer Information Sciences Solution Group (2013- 2014)
    • Academic Technology Committee (2010-2014)

    Service to the College

    • Committee on Rank (2018-present)
    • Wireless Laptop Testing Task Force (2012-2014)
    • WorldClass (D2L) Task Force (2010-2013)
    • Clicker Task Force (2010-2012)

    Service to the School of Nursing

    • Interim Coordinator for Accelerated Nursing Program (2018-present)
    • DNP Capstone Chair (2017-current)
    • Quality Evaluation Committee (2015-current)
    • Course Resource Faculty for NR603 Informatics (2014-present)
    • CHOICE Academic Advisor (2007-2017)

    • DNP Capstone Chair (2014-2016)
    • Dean Search Committee (2014)
    • Co-Chair of Pre-licensure Curriculum Committee (2013-2015)
    • Course Resource Faculty for NR703 Informatics (2010-present)
    • Resource Faculty for ATI (2010-2014)
    • Faculty Development Committee Chair (2010-2012)
    • E*Value Developer for LHSON and Resource (2010-2012)
    • CHOICE Academic Advisor (2007-present)

    Service to Profession

    • Alliance for Clinical Education (ACE) member (2018-present)

    • Reviewed 4 modules of Elsevier’s online Pathophysiology course (2016)

    • Faculty Lead for Designated Educational Unit (DEU) Boulder Community Health

    • Sigma Theta Tau International Leadership Succession Committee (2015-current)
    • Friends of Nursing Scholarship Member (2009-current)
    • Friends of Nursing Board Member Recording Secretary (2013-2015)
    • Reviewed online Oncology module for Elsevier Pathophysiology course (2013)
    • Reviewed PPTs for med-surg textbook for Elsevier(2013)
    • Reviewed critical care chapters for Elsevier (2013)
    • Poster Presentation at Regis University Learning Technologies Technology Workshop: Wireless Laptop Testing (2013)
    • Friends of Nursing Board Member Second Vice-President and Scholarship Committee Chair (2011- 2013
    • Consultant for State Board of Nursing (2012)
    • South Denver Evidence-Based Practice & Research Council Board Member (2010-2012)
    • Centennial Area Health Education Center, Nurse Educator Selection Committee Member for the Centennial Area Health Education Center, Denver, Colorado (State) (2009-2012)
    • Book Reviews for Elsevier Foundation textbook and Critical Care textbook (2011)
    • Friends of Nursing Board Member Recording Secretary (2009-2011)
    • Friends of Nursing, Board Member, 2009-2015
    • South Denver EBP and Research Council Member (2010-2012)

    Service to Community

    • Project Homeless Connect (2011)
    • 9 News Health Fair (2002-2013; 20017)